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Smart Office Audit

Smart Office Audit

Before you start a campaign to make your workplace healthier, you should conduct a smart office audit.

This audit is a systematic way to determine the good and bad aspects of your work environment. A complete, smart office audit looks at a variety of things, including:

Air Quality

  • Ventilation. (How often air is exchanged/hour, fresh air sources, e.g. loading dock.)
  • Toxins. (Paints, carpets, glues, resins, plastics, pesticides used, manufacturing processes.)

Ergonomics

  • Keyboards.
  • Chairs.
  • Desk arrangements.

Heating/Cooling

  • Cost.
  • Method.
  • Efficiency.

Lighting

  • Efficiency.
  • Quality (glare, color).
  • Degree of manual or automated control.

Materials Used

  • Virgin vs. recycled.
  • Toxic vs. non-toxic.

Production Processes

  • Indoor toxins.
  • Open loop manufacturing processes (characterized by unnecessary waste).
  • Direct mail/publications (recycled/recylable papers, soy-based inks).

Check with your local utility to find out if it offers free or inexpensive energy audits. In addition to knowing what to look for in your lighting, heating and cooling, your utility may help to pay for the changes it recommends.

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Adapted from The Smart Office, by A.K.Townsend.Copyright (c) 1997 by A.K.Townsend .Reprinted by permission of Chelsea Green Publishing Company.
Adapted from The Smart Office, by A.K.Townsend.

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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8:56AM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

thanks for sharing.

8:17AM PDT on Aug 27, 2011

thanks

2:32PM PDT on Jun 3, 2011

Thanks

2:07AM PDT on Apr 23, 2011

Thanks for the info

4:20AM PST on Feb 25, 2011

Thanks for the article.

4:51AM PST on Nov 15, 2010

Thanks for the info.

9:53AM PDT on Sep 12, 2010

Thank you Annie.

3:55AM PDT on Sep 11, 2010

Thanks for the info.

10:33AM PDT on Sep 6, 2010

thanks for telling us this.

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