The growing demand on businesses to build safety into their culture does have a historic precedent. After all, unions and minimum wage standards are a part of our culture for a reason. Nowadays, both Canada and the US have their own regulatory organizations for safety in their nation.
In Canada, safety legislation is a provincial responsibility. In Alberta, the home of Air Sniper, the Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) oversees safety legislation and enforcement. In the states, however, a different system applies.
What is OSHA?
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is a regulatory agency. It is part of the United States Department of Labor, and oversees many parts of safety legislation, documentation and enforcement in the United States.
What OSHA Guidelines Cover Air Quality?
Although OSHA does not have specific guidelines covering what they refer to as Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), they do provide resources and information on the subject to a certain degree. This includes a frequently asked questions (FAQ) section on their website.
It is also important to note that while OSHA does not have specific guidelines or legislation around IAQ, they have similar verbiage to our system in Alberta about worker rights. In the OSHAct and OHS act alike, there is wording similar to this section on the FAQs:
“Employers are required to follow the General Duty Clause of the OSHAct, which requires them to provide workers with a safe workplace that does not have any known hazards that cause or are likely to cause death or serious injury.”
So, if questions or concerns around air quality in a specific business began to arise, there is an obligation to investigate and correct any hazardous conditions present. So what is the bottom line for Air Sniper and OSHA guidelines?
How Air Sniper Provides Better Air Quality
Ultimately, without actual enforcement, it is impossible to say that Air Sniper will help your organization better follow OSHA guidelines. However, that still leaves two important points to consider. First, prevention is a great way to keep issues from boiling over. So using proven supplemental air sanitization equipment could reduce the likelihood of an IAQ-related issue arising in the first place.
Secondly, while IAQ might not be regulated at this time, the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses may change that quickly. While surface sanitization is important, it cannot affect the air. Keeping ahead of the legislation allows your business to be more flexible and respond to changes easier.
Now that you know the many possibilities Air Sniper can provide, the next step is to gather more information. Contact their friendly and knowledgeable staff today for more information about their wide range of products!