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How Can I Find Out About The Air Quality In My Workplace
Test kits: There are many different kits that one can buy to test indoor air quality. I trained at a great respiratory center in denver, co, and they have a kit that works well. Here's a link to the site where you or your workplace can purchase a kit: http://www.Nationaljewish.Org/familyaircare/ the kit is mailed back to the medical center in denver, and the results are sent back to you. It's a great kit! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the basic best practices for disease prevention in the workplace? I'm starting a small catering company which will have about 35 employees. As a part of health management, i would like to know if there are guidelines i can put in place to minimiz
As : As you are starting a business, you will have to abide by all sanitary and safety regulations imposed by the government/regulatory bodies. Here are some basic safety rules surrounding sanitation/quality: 1. Practice good hand hygiene. Employees should wash their hands before eating/drinking, after eating/drinking, upon entrace into the kitchen and prior to touching clean utensils, before touching food, upon exit of the kitchen. Establish 'moments' for handwashing consistently. For instance:"always wash hands before entering the kitchen." hand washing is the single most effective way of preventing infection. 2. Do not eat or drink in the kitchen/cooking area. This is a place of work. Raw foods are present and can contaminate the hands. Touching food and ingesting bacteria from raw food can cause food borne illness. Do not allow eating and drinking in the cooking area. 3. Label all containers with content and expiration dates. It is always best to label a container with the "throw away" date. 4. Empy trash cans everyday, unless they are empty. 5. Based on the space, establish a maximum amount of people that can work in the space at a time. Overcrowding can promote contamination or poor hand hygiene. 6. Create duty lists and logs which help you monitor refrigerator tempurature, environmental cleaning/disinfectant accountability, daily check of operating equipment and stocking of supplies. 7. Ensure a fire extinguisher is handy and that employees know how to use it. Also, ensure the employees have an exit route in case of a fire. Hope this is helpful. These are some of the quality guidelines used in the hospital setting. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I live in St. Louis where the pollution makes the air quality poor. Is there something that I can do at home to protect myself from ailments?
Air Pollution: A hepa filter in the bedroom helps a great deal. Get in the habit of humming ofter. This restores the lazy cilia caused by the pollution. Drive windows closed with air conditioner on. Avoid outside on bad days. Wearing Breathe.Pure nasal filters helps for large particles. Important to be well hydrated. more at www.grossaninstitute.com ...Read more
New carpet just put in. Off-gassing a lot. Concerned abt air quality & health effects. Short of removing it, what can I do to mitigate off-gassing?
Off gassing: Off gassing is usually nothing more than an unpleasant odor from new carpet and not harmful, but to spead it up you can turn the heat up to 90 F and after a few hours ventilate the room well or shampoo the carpet with really hot water. It should pass on its own in 2-3 days. ...Read more
3y/o cough at night in bed. no other issues. we have horrible air quality. keeping indoors. is it related or need checked?
Need to know.: We need to know how long this cough has been going on for, how bad it is, wheezing? If it is just a simple cough and only for a few days it is usually associated with a virus and should be resolved in a few days. Honey at this age is ok to use to control symptoms. However, if severe and difficulty breathing and /or wheezing associated you should take your child to the ED for immediate evaluation. ...Read more
All : All plants participate in photosynthesis, a chemical reaction that converts carbon dioxide into organic compounds such as sugars, using the energy from sunlight. In general the more chlorophyll present (the substance that provides the green color to leaves), the more photosynthesis that will be taking place. Therefore as a general rule, the larger and leafier the plant, the more photosynthesis that will be occurring in the presence of sunlight. However, having more indoor plants will not result in a significantly lower carbon dioxide concentration than the rest of the atmosphere, as indoor air is always in communication with the rest of the environment. Also, carbon dioxide at these concentrations is not harmful to humans, and having indoor plants does not result in significant air detoxification that can be attributed to any meaningful health benefits. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there a way to test or otherwise "guage" the quality of the air that I breathe in my home? Some air quality test or something?
Air quality: The radio and newspapers do give air quality report of each county of each big city daily. Based on that, some schools (kids school!) can be closed to protect the kids. Small cities do not have air quality report as there is not much traffic (main culprit of bad air) or heavy industries to pollute the air. Know the song "the air that i breathe" by the hollies? Check that on youtube. Have fun! ...Read more
3yo daughter coughs only during nap or bedtime. Last 2 days no other symptoms. Our air quality is bad outside. Related?
I onli wheeze wen I laughed too much at nite, wen d temperature changes, if i'm having a flu or if d air quality is bad. Do I still need an inhaler?
Absolutely: You describe common triggers of asthma - laughing, temperature change, nighttime, viral respiratory infection & air pollution. Other major triggers are exercise and allergy. If you have these symptoms no more than twice a week and wake up coughing no more than 2x/month then you have intermittent asthma. All you need is a reliever inhaler like albuterol but you should have it for emergencies. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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