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Five ways to avoid allergy season in your workplace

April 28, 2011

WILMINGTON, MA — If allergy season seems to arrive earlier every spring, the problem may not lie with Mother Nature, but with the quality of the air inside your workplace, according to a press release.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) studies show that indoor air pollution levels can routinely be up to five times higher than those found outdoors as a result of contaminants from tracked-in soil, chemical-laden cleaning products and inefficient or unmaintained heating and cooling systems, the release stated.

In the short-term, poor indoor air quality can cause sneezing, itchy eyes, scratchy throats and fatigue, the release noted.

In the long-term, however, medical authorities say it can contribute to asthma, lung disease, cancer and even damage to the neurological system, the release added.

According to the release, some ways to improve the air quality within your home or workplace include placing "scraper" floor mats outside entranceways to remove soiling from shoes, placing walk-off carpeted mats just inside entrances to capture any residual particulates and mopping floors after vacuuming to remove any contaminants left behind.

Click here to read the complete release.