The Importance of Indoor Air Quality Testing in the Food Industry

There are two main reasons why you should regularly perform indoor air quality testing in your restaurant. One, it’s an effective way of ensuring that the air isn’t causing any harm to your employees and customers. And two, you are required by the law to keep the air and environment around your business clean and free from contaminants.

Harmful gases can quickly accumulate in food establishments. These gases include carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, radon, allergens, and airborne mold/yeast. Excessive amounts of these gases in the air can damage the body’s respiratory system.

How Indoor Air Testing Is Performed

You can either perform the testing yourself or get the services of a company that specializes in air testing and analysis. Sometimes, it might be necessary to do both so that you can compare the results. Testing can take a few minutes or hours depending on the number of contaminants you are trying to measure and analyze. Sometimes it can take days before you can get the complete results of the test especially if you are getting the services of a third-party service provider.

Where To Get An Indoor Air Quality Test Kit

If you are going to try and test the air yourself, there are air quality test kits that you can purchase from stores that sell equipment and appliances for the food industry. You can also buy the test kits online. These kits are usually small; they can be easily shipped via courier companies. You can try large retail sites like Amazon and eBay. If you are going to get the services of an outside company to perform the test, you don’t need to do or purchase anything. Just call the company, and they will handle the rest of the testing requirements.

In conclusion, indoor air quality testing is essential in ensuring the safety of your employees and customers. You also have to do it because you are required to do so by agencies regulating safety in the food industry. As we mentioned earlier, the test can take a few minutes or up to an hour, so it takes just a little of your time.


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