Accommodation supplied by mining companies must meet the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984. For this reason, it is a legal requirement the employees who work in the mining industry and who live in company-supplied accommodation have safe and healthy accommodation (SABAH 2011).
Companies have a duty of care to each and every person who occupies their accommodation properties, to ensure that all reasonable measures are taken to minimise the levels of harmful airborne contaminants from their properties.
Mould spore contamination is primarily found within the evaporator coils and return air vents where only a trained technician would investigate. The mould spores will inhabit the humble air conditioner regardless of how often the tenant cleans the filters.
The case for effective indoor air quality maintenance procedures is compelling. Given its low implementation cost along with human health, productivity, energy savings and environmental benefits, an annual Sanitair™ service contributes greatly to effective building maintenance practice.
Clean air is not only better for your employees; it’s better for your bottom line. For starters, Sanitair can help you:
- Reduce Complaints and Employee sick days
- Provide a more comfortable and healthier environment by showing airborne irritants, that attack the respiratory system, who is boss.
- Boost workforce productivity.
Sanitair mechanically removes all the visible mould and bacterial contamination from the evaporator coils, scroll fan and casings. We also apply a multi-enzyme bioactive coil cleaner be used to thoroughly clean the coils with the final application of a microbial treatment to prevent further mould contamination of the coils for a 12 month period, guaranteed.
A healthy alternative appeals to health-conscious who are sensitive to odours as well as those who suffer from allergies, asthma and other respiratory illnesses. Over 2 million Australians have currently diagnosed asthma and allergies affect 4 in 10 Australians and that number is expected to increase. (ACAM 2008)
As well as fungal and bacterial substances, air circulated by air conditioning systems may also pick up and recycle a number of other microscopic particles. This organic dust carries various substances known to produce an inflammatory response. It is likely the several of the systemic symptoms, such as headache, fatigue and joint pains which are associated with contaminated indoor air are caused by inflammatory mediators, produced in the lungs after inhalation and distributed to different parts of the body (Rylander 97).
Current research suggests that even inactive organic dust, comprising the non-viable fragments arising from the fungal and bacterial matter with the Air Conditioning, might well cause symptoms of chronic illness. “Whether dead or alive, mould is allergenic and some moulds may be toxic” (US EPA 3001)