Ecology and business five ways to protect the health of employees

Ecology and business five ways to protect the health of employees

The professional environment is not without consequences for the health of employees. Companies can act at their level to take this reality into account. Discover 5 courses of action.

1. Act on indoor air quality within the company

Deodorizing aerosols, solvents, disinfectants, paints… there are many activities and products used in companies that impact the quality of indoor air . Inexpensive measures are enough to reverse the trend. “The first thing to do is to identify and reduce the sources of pollution: adopt products and cleaning (and disinfection) methods that are more favorable to health , safety at work and the environment, favor materials, coatings and furniture with low pollutant emissions  ,” suggests Ragnar Weissmann , scientific director of Objectif Santé Environnement.

“Then you have to worry about ventilation (is the ventilation working? Is it adapted to the needs and equipped with effective filters?) and finally, take measures to possibly use an air purifier. These approaches have a significant effect on productivity. “It has been proven that degraded air affects the cognitive capacities and therefore the performance of employees  “, notes the expert.

2. Avoid overheating in the premises

An excessively high indoor temperature combined with an excessively low humidity level (< 40%) can lead to respiratory discomfort and irritation of the mucous membranes . “This is likely to increase the risk of allergic manifestations , contracting an infection and increasing the effect of pollutants,” adds Ragnar Weissmann. Conversely, a high humidity rate (above 60%) promotes the appearance of mold (and emissions from materials).

However, the specialist points out: “Providing a healthy working environment to its employees produces many co-benefits, such as reducing absenteeism and improving its reputation  “.

3. Get rid of plastic on all floors

Heating food in plastic containers increases the emission of harmful substances in the food ( endocrine disruptors , in particular). Company canteens can thus turn to stainless steel containers , just like employees, who have an interest in using a stainless steel water bottle in order to eliminate plastic bottles and cups. Another avenue: rethink your buying habits for office supplies to choose sustainable materials .

“Beware, however, of “biosourced” substitute plastics (cellulose trays, for example), warns Katia Baumgartner, pilot of the health-environment network of France Nature Environnement. They also contain additives derived from petroleum and emit toxic products such as endocrine disruptors . »

4. Improve the content of the employee base

The company has a role to play in promoting organic , local and offering more varied menus in collective catering . “It can also limit the presence of sugary drinks and the automatic distribution of ultra-processed ready-to-use meals that contain preservatives, additives and by-products such as glucose syrup”, notes Katia Baumgartner.

Mon Restau Responsable, the result of a partnership between the Restau’Co network and the Nicolas Hulot Foundation, aims, for example, to encourage companies to get involved in this area. “Acting for environmental health is also a way of uniting employees around a meaningful project , often in line with their personal values, and a valuable lever for transforming the company,” adds Ragnar Weissmann.

5. Green the company buildings

The presence of plants and greenery on green walls helps to cool the atmosphere by increasing the humidity level during hot weather. “It ‘s a way of limiting the use of air conditioners , which not only contribute to global warming, but aggravate allergy problems and cause cold snaps,” says Katia Baumgartner.

Several studies show that working in a green space has a positive effect on working comfort and employee morale.

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