Few things can affect your employees’ productivity more than a pungent smell that just won’t go away. A foul smell isn’t just irritating, and it can also cause a myriad of symptoms ranging from mild headaches and wheezing to chest tightness and mental depression.

But what causes such odors in the workplace?

Often, it’s bacteria or fungi growth triggered by inadequate cleaning processes, infrequent cleaning, or a combination of both. Chemical odors from things like paint, cleaning products, and aerosol sprays are also common air pollution causes in many commercial spaces.

Eliminating Bad Odor in the Office

While you can mask the bad odor with air fresheners, this is only a short-term solution. Worse still, smell-masking air fresheners can sometimes create an even more offensive smell when they combine with the existing odor.

Here’s the best way to deal with dangerous odors in the workplace:

Identify the Source of the Smell

Some of the common causes of bad odor in places of business include:

  • Smoke
  • Food such as stale fish
  • Body odor, strong fragrances, and bad breath
  • Garbage
  • Restrooms
  • Chemicals
  • Compromised sewer lines
  • Faulty machines in the office

If you can’t find the source, consider getting a professional for help.

Address the Smell Based on the Cause

You’ll want to tackle the issue from the grassroots level by addressing the causative agent.

For example, if it’s smoke from a nearby restaurant, speak to the owner and try to come up with a solution that works for both of you. In case that fails, take measures to air seal your building. This will not only keep the bad smell outside but also make your building more energy-efficient.

Body odor, strong fragrances, bad breath, and smell from stale food are simpler to tackle. Simply make the responsible party aware of the problem and follow up to make sure they take action.

For odor issues associated with trash, talk to your janitors about garbage handling. If their trash handling methods aren’t the issue, ask that they increase the frequency of emptying trash bins.

Chemical odors can be trickier to deal with, especially if you don’t know the source of the problem.  Often, when we smell chemicals, it’s the Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in products that we’re detecting. To fix chemical smells, remove the products and machines that release these types of compounds from your office space.

If you’re struggling with a strong sewer smell, the issue could be in your restroom or sewer lines. For restrooms, changing your cleaning products, methods, and frequency can be a quick fix. For compromised sewer lines, call a specialist.

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Typically, bad odors in the workplace are an indicator of poor indoor air quality. Proper air circulation can help improve your overall wellbeing and boost productivity levels at the workplace.

Ray-Air comes with advanced technology to improve not only air circulation but also lower moisture levels to prevent mold and mildew growth, while also keeping bad odors and allergies at bay.

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