Natatoriums and their adjacent locker room areas can be great places to visit, providing that they aren’t awash in offensive odors. Good thing there are ways managers can make sure that their venues smell fresh. Here’s a look at why indoor swimming pool odors occur and how people can improve air quality in their own natatoriums:
Odors occur in natatoriums due to a combination of elements. The list includes, but is by no means is restricted to the following items:
- Sweat, body oils and human waste products
- Improper use of pool chemicals (e.g. chlorine)
- Bacteria, mold, mildew and fungi growth
- Scented personal care products (e.g. perfumes and deodorants)
- Heat, humidity and surface moisture
Therefore, a natatorium’s odors must be addressed using a multi-pronged approach. Installing a ventilation system capable of cooling the room and removing excess humidity is one step in the process. Maintaining a thorough cleaning routine and providing visitors with unscented, personal care products onsite are others.
As for the improper use of pool chemicals, that issue may be handled in several ways. Some natatorium owners opt to send staff to training classes or equip the pools with automatic chemical feed systems. Others choose to install several ozone systems. For example, one ozone system may be used to maintain the indoor pool’swater and another may be used to improve air quality. Personally, we feel that the ozone systems are best for a variety of reasons.
To begin with, natatoriums may experience staff turnover throughout the year and automatic chemical feed systems may irritate people with inherent sensitivities. Depending on which chemicals are used, they may also damage swimmers’ clothing and pool accessories (e.g. chlorine-faded swimsuits and water wings).
Ozone, on the other hand, is all-natural and the generators are long-lasting. So once a natatorium owner invests in an ozone generator, he or she won’t have to worry about it irritating customers or having to deal with continuous replacement costs. Plus, today’s ozone generators are quite affordable and come with many convenient, useful features. To learn more about the various ozone generators that can help natatorium managers improve air quality, please contact us by calling (866) 676-9663.
During the summer months, roadside fruit and produce stands pop up almost as fast as wildflowers after a rain storm. Many of those farmers sell out of their garden fresh wares, but what about the ones that don’t do so well? For them, adding ozone generators to storage areas is the perfect solution.
Ozone generators can free storage room air of odors and ethylene. That’s important because both cross-contamination odors and ethylene can impact the quality and life of summer fruits and vegetables. So by reducing those two things, farmers may be able to prolong the shelf life of foods until they are able to make a sale. Some of the foods known to respond well to ozone generator use are pears, mushrooms, apples, oranges and broccoli.
Many first-rate ozone generators on the market today come outfitted with built-in timers and automatic shut off/on capabilities. Thus, farmers could place those types of ozone generators into storage areas of all different sizes. Afterward, they could set the timers and leave to attend to other agricultural tasks. When the ozone generators finish clearing the air, the farmers could then return to the storage areas and remove their wares as needed.
Any foods not sold quickly enough could also be handled in other ways. For example, farmers may want to convert those items into jellies, jams, pickles, soups and frozen foods. The leftovers could also be placed into organic recycling bins, dehydrated or used as animal feed. It really all depends on which items are leftover and what condition they are in at the time of disposal.
To learn more about modern day ozone generators and how they can prolong the shelf life of foods, please contact us. We can go over which ozone generators would be ideal for food processing businesses and small-scale, seasonal farmers.
At one time, businesses were encouraged to pump public spaces full of artificial fragrances. The marketers thought that doing so would spur consumers to spend more and be happy. But that school of thought, as evidenced by a recent article in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, has slowly started to go by the wayside. Now, people are more apt to opt for a clean air smell than one filled with chemicals. Here’s why:
As the Las Vegas Review-Journal article indirectly pointed out, people have slowly become more aware of conditions like fragrance sensitivity. And as that awareness has grown, more human resources departments are focusing on implementing fragrance free policies. The policies currently vary widely from firm to firm. However, many contain provisions that prohibit the use of fragranced products by all staff and promote the use of workplace air purifiers.
Part of this newfound understanding may be traced back to the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was amended in 2008. After it was amended, some people started to consider fragrance sensitivity a disability. That, in turn, opened up uncharted territory that many firms were not prepared to deal with at the time.
Consequently, a few people afflicted with the condition began suing employers that did not make accommodations for them. Some won their cases and others did not. So at the time, that only added to the confusion. Needless to say, those types of adverse events also prodded more businesses to err on the side of caution and meet the needs of scent sensitive individuals as best they could.
Thankfully, businesses hoping to implement fragrance free policies of their own in 2014 have a lot more options to choose from than they did when the collective shift towards the new way of thinking began. On that list of options are air purification systems such as Rainbowair, Newaire and Queenaire. Slightly different in design but united in purpose, all three can remove irritating fragrances from the workplace and leave a comforting, clean air smell behind. To learn more about how they may help employers, please contact us by dialing (866) 676-9663.