The indoor climate is important for health, well-being and productive work.
The indoor climate is made up of a number of measurable physical, chemical and biological factors. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has defined "indoor climate" as including:
- Thermal environment (heat, cold, draughts and humidity)
- Atmospheric environment (pollution, air quality and volume of fresh air)
- Acoustic environment (noise, perception of speech and sound)
- Actinic environment (lighting, radiation and electrical/magnetic fields)
- Mechanical environment (ergonomics, anti-slip protection and vibrations, etc.)
In buildings where health problems such as headaches, abnormal fatigue and irritation of the skin and mucous membranes (eyes, upper respiratory tract) are more prevalent than normal, there will be a need to initiate measures to counter this.
The above symptoms may be due to one or more factors as mentioned at the beginning. In addition, various types of stress and individual circumstances – such as allergies or other hypersensitivity issues – may affect or exacerbate the problems.
The occupational hygienist in HSE Section provide information and help during HSE mappings and carry out measurements and assessments of the indoor climate. Measures to be taken are discussed in collaboration with the users and the Estate and Facilities Management Division.