How to Minimise Hay Fever Symptoms in Your Workplace

Dirty office makes you sick

Spring is certainly in the air with flowers in bloom, warm days and a fresh afternoon sea breeze. While this time of year is beautiful weather wise, it can be a debilitating time for those suffering from hay fever. While hay fever is caused by different allergens both indoors and outdoors, sufferers can help to minimise the impact of their symptoms by avoiding certain triggers. Considering most people spend up to 40 hours per week at work, its important to ensure your workplace is eliminating these triggers.

Reducing exposure to hay fever triggers in your workplace will ensure the comfort, health and productivity of you and your staff. Therefore, it’s best to have your workplace professionally cleaned. Read on to learn about common hay fever causes and how to help eliminate these to minimise hay fever symptoms in the workplace. Common hay fever causes include:

  • Dust
  • Pollens
  • Mould

Dust

Dust is one of the common triggers of hay fever and includes substances such as dust mites, hair, dirt, fibres, pollen grains as well as saliva and faeces of insects and mites. YUK! Dust can accumulate in a workplace on surfaces, skirting boards and equipment. A simple dust with a dry cloth is not enough to properly remove dust and dusting isn’t a cleaning task that should only be done every now and then. To be effective, dusting is best done with a wet cloth as this will collect the dust, preventing it from spreading around.

Pollens

Grasses, trees and weeds all produce pollen which becomes airborne causing nasty symptoms for hay fever sufferers. Symptoms can include sneezing, watering eyes, sinus headaches, sore throats and wheezing. While the best way to avoid pollen is by staying indoors, it doesn’t necessarily mean it will minimise symptoms. Pollen particles are commonly found in carpets and upholstered furniture. While it may be impossible to completely remove all traces of pollen from these, regular vacuuming and carpet shampooing helps to minimise their impact for hay fever sufferers.  

Mould

Mopping in an Office

Mould is a form of fungi and is often found in damp places such as bathrooms and kitchens. It releases large amounts of allergens causing nasty symptoms to hay fever sufferers. While keeping an area well ventilated will help to prevent the growth and spread of mould, specialised cleaning products are the best way to minimise their impact. 

South West Cleaning, your experienced cleaning professionals

Mick and his team at South West Cleaning are ready to take care of your workplace cleaning needs. Locally owned and managed, they pride themselves on offering the best quality cleaning services to Bunbury and surrounding areas.

South West Cleaning offer their services before and after business hours. Employees won’t have to stop work or be distracted while your workplace is being cleaned, meaning employees can remain engaged and be more productive, efficient and effective while at work.

Contact Mik for a FREE quote and to discuss your cleaning needs on 0412 270 102.

Reference: Health Direct