New OSHA Document Addresses IAQ in Commercial and Institutional Buildings
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released “Indoor Air Quality in Commercial and Institutional Buildings”. The document provides practical guidance for IAQ issues meant to assist building owners and operators. In addition, it offers direction for HVAC engineers, industrial hygienists and IAQ professionals to improve the indoor environment.
The OSHA document states, “Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a major concern to businesses, schools, building managers, tenants, and workers because it can impact the health, comfort, well-being, and productivity of the building occupants. OSHA recognizes that poor IAQ can be hazardous to workers’ health and that it is in the best interest of everyone that building owners, managers, and employers take a proactive approach to address IAQ concerns.”
UltraViolet Devices, Inc. (UVDI) has developed products that directly address many of the issues discussed in the OSHA document. The company’s Sparks Technology brand of molecular filtration products are designed to remove potentially harmful gases and fine particulates from the indoor environment. The company also manufactures advanced UV-C products. UV-C technology utilizes ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) to deactivate microorganisms that include viruses, bacteria and mold. These contaminants can cause allergies, trigger asthma or even cause serious infections.
“UVDI products improve IAQ, but also increase worker productivity,” reported Richard Hayes, President of UltraViolet Devices, Inc. “The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) recognize UVGI technologies for reducing transmission of airborne infectious diseases. Additionally, properly designed and installed UV-C evaporator coil systems eliminate mold and bacteria from growing on coil fins and drain pans and subsequently contaminating the building’s airstream,” he continued.
About UltraViolet Devices, Inc.
UVDI is a leading manufacturer and supplier of UV-C products for air, surface and water disinfection. Under the ALTRU-V® brand, UVDI markets a full line of products for the HVAC market designed to reduce energy consumption and lower maintenance costs while delivering cleaner, healthier air. Under UVDI’s Sparks Technology™ brand, the company manufactures gas phase filtration products for use in commercial and industrial applications worldwide.
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