(Certified Best Practice by BMPCOE)
Polaroid Corporation - Waltham, MA
Polaroid started its Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) program in 1987 and is taking an increasingly proactive approach to IAQ. Over the years, Polaroid has performed more than 29 separate investigations and studies at 17 different locations.
Since 1996, Polaroid has conducted 10 proactive IAQ
investigations and studies. These studies involve sampling and testing the air
inside buildings for volatile organic compounds, carbon dioxide levels, dust,
bacteria count, relative humidity, and temperature. Polaroid performed the
sampling over a four-hour period during the middle of a normal workday. Figure
2-5 shows the results from various facilities. Sampling methods include carbontrap activated charcoal tubes for volatile organic compounds AQ502 for carbon dioxide, temperature, and relative humidity and DATARAM for particulate matter (dust). All results of the studies were within the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Guidelines. Polaroid plans to continue proactive routine IAQ studies throughout the corporation.
By using a proactive approach for its IAQ program, Polaroid has improved the working environment for its employees. Employee satisfaction and trust have also improved making the workplace more enjoyable, increasing production, and improving product quality.