Introducting fresh air into a stuffy office
March 10, 2011 4:15 PM Subscribe
I'm suffocating at work - is there a way to add oxygen into my office?
posted by ranunculus to Health & Fitness (11 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I work in an new york city office where there is no fresh air - none of the windows can be opened, and there are enough people in the room that the air regularly smells "unfresh", like it is full of carbon dioxide. Am I imagining this? I often feel like I can't breathe, but this feeling disappears as soon as I step outside. Additionally, as soon as anybody gets sick, everyone else in the office is infected within a week's time.
It's a horrible situation and I'm wondering how to solve it. Do I need an oxygenator by my desk? I can't actually find a product like this so I don't know if it exists. I've started researching air filters but am very confused about all the varieties, in particular the ozone purifiers which seem controversial. Also, I like to be as eco as possible so I was looking at salt fog vaporizers, which seem to ionize the air (what is that?) and humidify it (good) but without an unsanitary tank to clean.
Any feedback would be appreciated. I have one Golden Pothos plant but I don't even think 10 of them would help this situation.
Also, one more question - does anyone know about the legality of this kind of thing? We have a fire exit so the closed windows aren't a fire hazard, but the problem where everyone gets sick constantly seems like a legitimate work hazard, particularly for those of us who are contract workers without health insurance. I know … everyone does it.