Staff members have been complaining about bad odours in the office and have requested that we investigate this to resolve the problem. What factors should I be considering when investigating this?

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Staff members have been complaining about bad odours in the office and have requested that we investigate this to resolve the problem. What factors should I be considering when investigating this?

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The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers defines good indoor air quality as “air with no known contaminants at harmful concentrations”. To achieve good air quality, it suggests:

  • the provision of sufficient fresh air supply rates to dilute and remove pollutants

  • an effective ventilation system (either natural or mechanical) that will efficiently remove pollutants and enable supply rates to meet required levels

  • low levels of external pollutant concentrations

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