Ensure the health and safety of the occupants of your buildings

With the lockdown being lifted across Quebec, many companies are choosing to return to work in their offices this fall, or at the beginning of 2022. This is excellent news for many companies and employees!

Managers must, however, ensure that their teams’ workspaces are safe, and that they are able to optimize the safety of occupants present in the work environments.

Our air quality and industrial hygiene experts have therefore prepared a list of the 10 priority actions to take before your employees return to your different work environments! 

1. Complete inspection of mechanical systems (installation and choice of filters, cleanliness, etc.).

2. Visual inspection of workspaces for signs of deterioration (e.g.: leaks or infiltration of water), suspicious stains, or personal and putrescible items that would have been forgotten when an employee left (food, plant, etc.). When there are few occupants in a building, new problems can arise more quietly.

3. Draining of the drinking water network before the employees return. For greater assurance, it is also possible to check the water quality after having it drained.

4. Assessment and verification of surface disinfection methods used by the sanitary maintenance team (compliance and safety of products used, avoid recontamination during cleaning, etc.). After cleaning, it is possible to verify the effectiveness with analysis to detect contaminants that may still be on surfaces (COVID-19, bacteria, moulds, yeast).

5. Assessment of air quality to ensure that there is no hidden source of contaminants that would affect the air breathed by occupants.

6. Update the maintenance protocols for your facilities.

7. Check the preventive procedures sent to employees to limit the risk of spreading a virus (personal protection, social distancing, etc.).

8. Continue to offer the option of teleworking and educate employees about teleworking if they show symptoms of a virus or if there are sick people in their home.

9. Encourage vaccination and inform employees about the related benefits, such as working in a work environment that is more conducive to human relations.

10. Entrust these actions to Nvira experts and benefit from a free consultation and quote from one of our experts! Following the implementation of these actions by our experts, you will receive a certificate attesting that your installations are safe for your occupants.

Do you want our team of experts to support you in setting up these priority actions for a safe return to the office? Get a free quote from our experts for the implementation of the desired solutions!

By working closely with our customers and partners to ensure safe returns to work environments, we all help make lockdown lifting a success.

– Jean-François Lafrenière, Ph. D., Mcb.A., Special projects director | Building Sciences

Avoid worries with preventative checks

For some environments, such as public places, commercial or industrial buildings, or office buildings, it is important to perform preventive indoor air quality and environmental inspections.

Our experts can support you in setting up a plan of annual preventive checks of the indoor air quality of your establishment as well as in checks for comfort (temperature, humidity, ventilation rate or “draft” problems) and health (mould, bacteria).

Our comprehensive service offering allows us to quickly implement solutions that meet the needs of our customers, while ensuring that environments remain healthy and safe.

– Véronique Pepin, B.Sc., Mcb.A., Team Lead | Building Sciences

Did you know?

Contaminants in indoor air and environment can affect all types of buildings, as well as their occupants. That’s why our inspection, air quality audit, and laboratory analysis services deliver objective and accurate results to promote occupant health and comfort.

Ensuring that the quality of indoor air meets current standards by providing a certificate of conformity helps reassure occupants. In the presence of a pollutant or a virus, our experts support you by providing clear and precise recommendations to correct the problem, which includes decontamination protocols.