Sumary of Office air quality may affect employees’ cognition, productivity:
- The air quality within an office can have significant impacts on employees’ cognitive function, including response times and ability to focus, and it may also affect their productivity, according to new research led by Harvard T.
- The researchers noted that they observed impaired cognitive function at concentrations of PM2.5 and CO2 that are common within indoor environments.
- “Our study adds to the emerging evidence that air pollution has an impact on our brain.
- The findings show that increases in PM2.5 levels were associated with acute reductions in cognitive function.
- “The study also confirmed how low ventilation rates negatively impact cognitive function.
- Overall, the study suggests that poor indoor air quality affects health and productivity significantly more than we previously understood.
- ” The study will be published online in Environmental Research Letters on September 9, 2021. A growing body of research has shown that indoor and outdoor air pollution diminishes cognitive function.
- While it is well known that air pollutants such as PM2.5 can penetrate indoor environments, few studies have focused on how indoor exposures to PM2.5 and outdoor air ventilation rates affect cognition.