Being a successful and responsible business owner means being fully aware of the necessity of providing your employees with a safe and healthful working environment (among many other things). Although every workplace has the potential to become a dangerous one, factories and warehouses are two of the most hazardous workplaces for a human being.
A warehouse is a place where a large number of toxic gases can be found, including nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is one of the most prevalent and harmful toxic gases within warehouses as it is invisible, tasteless, and odourless (which is precisely why experts call it ‘the silent killer’). People who have been exposed to carbon monoxide can experience dizziness, weakness, nausea, visual disturbance, confusion, headaches, and unconsciousness, all of which are signs that they have carbon monoxide poisoning.
Exhaust fumes from constantly picking up and dropping off goods and other items from and in a warehouse with diesel forklifts, chemical emissions from some manufacturing processes, poor ventilation, poor or inappropriate maintenance of ventilation, heating, and air conditioning systems, and moisture due to high humidity, flooding, or leaks are only some of the many factors that can cause poor air quality in a warehouse. Having in mind that air quality affects every worker’s health and therefore their ability to get things done efficiently and effectively, understanding why air monitoring is an immensely important activity for every warehouse owner becomes easy.
The most popular approach for identifying and/or quantifying airborne contaminants is by using direct-reading air measuring equipment. There are plenty of sophisticated air quality meters that provide their users with the latest technology and the flexibility to incorporate several different types of toxic gas sensors to meet their own specific requirements. When looking for the right air measuring equipment for you, you should consider the option of purchasing a hand-held air measurement instrument that’s made to measure temperature, humidity, differential and barometric pressure, as well as to detect more than one toxic gas/chemical compound. CO2, CO, NO2, SO2, H2S, O2, and NO are the seven most harmful airborne pollutants, which explains why buying an air quality monitoring instrument that can detect the presence of all of these toxic gases in your warehouse is a smart decision.
Regular air quality monitoring with the help of a nice direct-reading air measurement instrument will give you and your employees the chance to make rapid decisions and react on time. Trust me, you won’t regret doing it.