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Indoor Air Quality: new ERP Regulations in Effect

For the past 10 years, indoor air quality (IAQ) has been a central concern for public health authorities. Studies have shown that poor IAQ is the root cause of numerous physical and mental health problems among building occupants, including respiratory illnesses (such as worsened asthma, rhinitis, and bronchitis), as well as other symptoms like headaches, fatigue, eye and throat irritation, nausea…

On the contrary, good IAQ has a highly positive impact on the well-being, productivity, and morale of occupants. To such an extent that IAQ has become a significant corporate social responsibility (CSR) issue for companies.

A study conducted in 2014 by ANSES and the Indoor Air Quality Observatory (IAQO) estimated that approximately 28,000 new cases of illness and over 20,000 premature deaths per year were attributed to six indoor air pollutants, excluding specific pollution in professional settings. Moreover, the cost of poor IAQ is estimated at 19 billion euros per year in France (source: IAQO) !

The Covid-19 pandemic has further highlighted the importance of indoor air quality and the need to purify the air we breathe. It is therefore crucial to take action and implement measures to improve IAQ !

Building on the findings regarding the advantages and limitations of each of the options proposed by the previous monitoring system, the 4th National Environmental Health Plan (2021-2025) titled “One Environment, One Health” has outlined the framework for revising the regulations on monitoring indoor air quality in Sensible Public Reception Facilities.

This revision also takes into account the lessons learned from the health crisis caused by the SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) pandemic. Indeed, this health crisis has highlighted the importance of implementing an environmental strategy to control indoor air quality in each ERP.

As a result, controlling the rate of air renewal and purification in indoor spaces through the measurement of not only carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration but also volatile organic compounds has become a major priority. This approach enables the dilution and elimination of indoor pollutants, including airborne infectious agents.

Thus, a new system came into effect on January 1, 2023.

The overall action plan governing the monitoring of indoor air quality in these establishments is developed along 3 axes :

  • Annual evaluation of the means of ventilation
  • Self-diagnosis every 4 years (compared to monitoring every 7 years previously) with identification of pollutant sources, reduction of their emissions, reduction of occupant exposure and maintenance of building ventilation sources.
  • Measurement campaigns at key stages in the life of the building (delivery of a new building, rehabilitation, renovation of ventilation systems, change of floor coverings, etc.).

Three pollutants are targeted as a priority: formaldehydes, benzenes and CO2.

The establishments subject to this regulatory monitoring system since January 1, 2023 are those welcoming children :

  • collective childcare facilities for children under 6 years old (daycares, nursery schools, etc.)
  • educational establishments or vocational training institutions at the primary and secondary levels (kindergartens, primary schools, middle schools, high schools offering general, technological, or vocational education).
  • recreation centers.

However, the implementation has been postponed to 2025 for other ERP categories (social and medico-social structures, juvenile correctional facilities, etc.) to allow time for adaptation and provide suitable tools to the communities. Additional measurement recommendations may be proposed for other pollutants in these categories.

All these measures aim to raise awareness, provide training, and empower the entities responsible for managing this aspect of indoor air quality.

One simple and cost-effective way to improve the indoor air quality of buildings is to equip them with professional air purifiers. By capturing volatile organic compounds, these devices effectively filter the air and remove polluting particles, providing purified and sanitized air.

Using an air purifier is a more environmentally-friendly solution for refreshing the air we breathe. Indeed, when we open a window while the heating or air conditioning is running, it leads to outdoor air pollution and contributes to global warming. On the other hand, using an air purifier eliminates the need for window opening, thereby reducing our environmental impact.

It is important to note that no financial assistance is provided if, during an inspection, pollutant levels in a facility exceed the established limits. Therefore, installing one or multiple air purifiers proves to be a less costly solution compared to undertaking building renovation works.

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Can indoor air quality in public places affect our health?

The health of customers and employees is closely linked to indoor air quality in public places, which makes it a vital issue. Indeed, indoor air pollution can have adverse health effects, such as eye irritation, headaches, allergies, and even chronic respiratory diseases.

In addition, public places such as shopping malls, restaurants or hospitals are often frequented by large numbers of people, which can increase the risk of indoor air contamination. 

In this article, we will explore the potential dangers of indoor air pollution in public places. We will also look at ways to improve indoor air quality to ensure a healthy environment for all.

Air quality in public and collective places : what are the issues?

Indoor air quality in common areas is a major public health issue, as they are generally frequented by many people. This has the effect of overloading the air with CO2 and fine particles, especially within urban areas.

This can have adverse consequences for the health of those who frequent these places. But the pollution of the public and collective air can be due to various different factors according to the type of structure or the nature of its activity.

Can the air we inhale in public places be dangerous?

Public places can become polluted in a variety of ways, including chemicals, mold, dust and bacteria, which affect indoor air quality. Employees and customers, who spend a lot of time in these places, are particularly vulnerable to the risks of indoor air contamination.

The long-term health effects of indoor air pollution can be very serious. Doctors frequently report chronic respiratory diseases, cardiovascular diseases and even cancers. It is therefore crucial to improve indoor air quality in public places.

How can we improve air quality in crowded public places?

There are several ways to improve indoor air quality in high-traffic public places. First, it is important to properly ventilate indoor spaces to remove pollutants. 

Ventilation systems should be maintained regularly to ensure their effectiveness. Second, it is essential to use environmentally and health friendly cleaning products and building materials. It is also possible to put in place policies such as banning smoking inside public places or limiting the use of harmful chemicals.

Finally, public and community managers can hire companies that specialize in the installation of indoor air purification devices.

MonaAir technologies for public and collective places

Our IOP 4 system is ideal for ensuring optimal indoor air quality in public areas. This technology has already proven itself in the hospital environment by offering high protection against contamination and promoting health. 

With the Photocatalysis and Plasma UV-C technologies in the Protect and Defender modules, viruses, bacteria and other external pollutants are eliminated. 

When integrated into the air conditioning system, these modules effectively neutralize particles, virus cells, VOCs, gases and odorous aerosols without the use of chemicals. Indoor air quality is therefore improved in public areas for the well-being of customers and employees.

Contact MonaAir to improve your indoor air quality

Ensure indoor air quality in public and collective spaces to improve the quality of life of customers and employees, while meeting standards.

With MonaAir’s Protect and Defender products, you can ensure your visitors’ safety and provide your customers with a better experience.

MonaAir’s premium filters meet all your health and convenience needs, with easy installation, low maintenance requirements and zero noise, thanks to 0 dB sound power. MonaAir air purifiers are also environmentally friendly and affordable.

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