Sports clubs, gymnasiums, and spas can be an important part of your life, both socially and for health reasons. Gyms and spas can benefit greatly from achieving and maintaining the highest possible airborne hygiene standards. Air quality that is free of pollution, odours, bacteria and viruses is appreciated by all who care about their health. For those who suffer from allergens including asthma or those looking to achieve high personal standards of performance, clean indoor air is essential.
Unpleasant odours in many forms are almost inevitable in spa & fitness centres. Personal hygiene matters and powerful cleaning agents used throughout the premises can together lead to an unpleasant experience and an overall impression that hygiene standards are compromised.
Ammonia is perhaps the single most prominent odour and one which carries many connotations. It has a strong, pungent odour that is easily recognisable in cleaning products, urine, and human sweat. Prolonged exposure to gaseous ammonia can result in lung damage.
Airborne Infection (Micro-Organisms)
The most visible evidence of micro-organisms in spas & fitness centres is mould growth where warm air and humidity combined. Invisible micro-organisms are those that cause infectious diseases, spread readily to other users and cause outbreaks. The viruses that are responsible for colds and influenza are found in saliva and sputum. Coughing or sneezing near another person may pass on these viruses in the droplets or aerosols produced which may remain airborne for many hours.
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects
Spas, gymnasiums and sports clubs utilise many chemical disinfectants and general cleaning agents. These agents give off gaseous odours (VOCs). While eliminating viruses, germs and fungal spores, they often contain toxic agents such as aldehydes (formaldehyde and glutaraldehyde) or phenol. Continuous low-dose exposure to aldehyde may lead to chronic toxic effects. Symptoms can vary (nausea, impairment of the memory, motivation, dexterity or reactivity). Less toxic compounds such as isopropanol, ethanol and n-propanol can cause irritation of the respiratory tract and the mucous membranes. Disinfectant odours are the only indication that unhealthy pollutants are present.
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