The use of cleaning products, heavy breathing and sweating from members plus high humidity
levels can create a "Cocktail" of chemicals in the air.
Indoor air quality has been linked to health issues like respiratory infections, asthma,
allergies, and headaches. While the HVAC system is worked on to make sure that the air quality is up to par, there are some things that you can do to help improve the air quality in your gym.
A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder found that one exercising person emits more chemicals than five sedentary people. These human emissions, which include amino acids from sweat and acetone from breath, chemically combine with chlorine bleach-based cleaners commonly used to clean equipment to form new airborne chemicals. Researchers call this new “cocktail” of chemicals N-chloraldimines. Source: Finewax, Z. (2020, December).
Camfil New Resources covers: Improvements in your fitness center could include:
Ensuring proper air filtration at gyms and fitness centers ventilation system is operating properly
Adjusting HVAC systems to increase total airflow to occupied spaces
Turning off any demand-controlled ventilation controls that reduce air supply based on occupancy or temperature
Improving central air filtration
Ensuring exhaust fans are functional and operating at full capacity
Using portable high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtration systems to enhance air cleaning
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Finewax, Z. (2020, December). Quantification and source characterization of volatile organic compounds from exercising and application of chlorine-based cleaning products in a university athletic center. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ina.12781
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