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Human Health Dangers: Bird Droppings and HVAC Hygiene

July 21, 2016 0 Comments
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Protect Your Employees from the

Health Dangers of Bird Droppings Associated with Building HVAC Hygiene


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According to the U.S. Department of Labor, poor indoor air quality inside offices, schools, and other workplaces has been tied to symptoms like headaches, fatigue, trouble concentrating, and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs; and some specific diseases have been linked to specific air contaminants or indoor environments, like asthma with damp indoor environments. Poor indoor air quality and the health dangers associated can be a result of poor HVAC hygiene.

Health dangers of bird droppings associated with HVAC hygiene

Serious health risks arise from disease organisms that can grow in the nutrient-rich accumulations of bird droppings, feathers, and debris because they harbor numerous human pathogens. Transmissible bird diseases that can have health danger implications include:  

Histoplasmosis

infection by a fungus found in the droppings of birds and bats in humid areas. It is not serious if confined to the lungs but can be fatal if spread throughout the body.

Candidiasis

A fungal infection typically on the skin or mucous membranes

Cryptococcosis

infestation with a yeast like fungus, resulting in tumors in the lungs and sometimes spreading to the brain.

Salmonellosis

Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, vomiting, and abdominal cramps

E. coli

bacteria found in the environment, foods, and intestines of people and animals. Can cause infection and severe symptoms like diarrhea and dehydration.

How to Protect Your Employees from the Health Dangers of Bird Droppings Associated with HVAC Hygiene:

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Did you know? Around 5-10 percent of the population get the bird flu every year. – Netdoctor

    • Reduce the health dangers associated with poor hvac hygiene investigating accumulations of organic material in or near HVAC air intakes.
    • Check the system’s HVAC hygiene by inspecting for odors.
    • Reduce health dangers by establishing an IAQ (indoor air quality) point-person. This is the person responsible for scheduling mold inspections, estimates, and remediation projects; air duct, dryer vent, and coil cleanings; and water damage estimates and mitigation projects. This person should also pay attention to the air duct system’s HVAC hygiene. Typically, these responsibilities fall to the company’s Facilities Manager; but if you work in a rented workspace, the building owner most likely has delegated this role to a Property Manager.
    • If you find a HVAC Hygiene problem, work side-by-side with your IAQ point-person to contact a certified environmental services company, reducing health dangers. AdvantaClean works with a variety of commercial building owners,
      property managers, and facilities managers to develop customized programs that help minimize the health dangers associated with poor HVAC hygiene. Our indoor air quality experts also manage all environmental and IAQ needs.
    • More info? For information on health dangers related to poor commercial indoor air quality issues, check out our post on Got Mold? Commercial Landlord Liability for Mold.

      Contact the AdvantaClean commercial services team at 800.282.2663 to talk to one of our commercial services team members today.

       

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