Girl in office with allergies

Allergies in the Workplace: A Comprehensive Guide to Cleanliness and Health


Allergies at work can be a significant concern, affecting productivity and employee well-being. From common allergens like dust allergy and pollen to more specific triggers such as mould and pet dander, understanding and effectively managing allergens in the workplace is crucial.

As a cleaning company dedicated to promoting a healthy environment, we recognise the importance of proper trade cleaning practices in reducing allergens and creating a safer workspace for everyone.

Woman cleaning office

Identifying Common Allergens:

  • Dust: Dust mites, along with their feces and body fragments, are a common trigger for allergies. They accumulate in carpets, upholstery, and hard-to-reach areas. Luckily dust allergy treatment can be really simple!
  • Pollen: Pollen from outdoor plants can make its way indoors, especially through open windows and on clothing.
  • Mould: Damp and poorly ventilated areas provide an ideal environment for mould growth, which can release spores triggering allergic reactions.
  • Pet Dander: Even if pets aren't present in the workplace, employees may carry pet dander on their clothing, causing allergies at work in sensitive individuals.
  • Cleaning Products: Harsh chemicals in cleaning products can also exacerbate allergies and respiratory issues for some individuals.

Effective Cleaning Strategies:

  • Regular Vacuuming: Use high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter vacuums to effectively capture dust and allergens from carpets and upholstery. Good allergy vacuum cleaners exist such as Numatic and similar.
  • Dusting: Dust all surfaces regularly using microfiber cloths to trap and remove dust rather than spreading it around.
  • Air Purification: Consider installing air purifiers with HEPA filters to remove airborne allergens, including pollen and pet dander.
  • Mould Prevention: Address any leaks or areas of moisture promptly to prevent mould growth. Use mould-inhibiting cleaning agents in bathrooms and other susceptible areas.
  • Green Cleaning Products: Opt for environmentally friendly and hypoallergenic cleaning products to minimise the risk of triggering allergies in sensitive individuals.
  • Regular Maintenance: Develop a cleaning schedule and stick to it to ensure consistent cleanliness and allergen control throughout the workplace.

Additional Considerations:

  • Employee Education: Provide information and resources to employees about workplace allergies and ways to minimise exposure, such as keeping personal workspaces clean and free of clutter.
  • Allergen-Free Zones: Consider establishing designated allergen-free areas, especially in break rooms and common areas, where employees can retreat if they're experiencing allergy symptoms.
  • Personal Protective Equipment: Provide appropriate personal protective equipment, such as gloves and masks, for employees who may be sensitive to certain workplace allergies, cleaning products or allergens.
  • Flexible Work Arrangements: Consider offering flexible work arrangements for employees with severe allergies, such as remote work options or adjusted schedules during peak allergy seasons.

Stay Connected

Want to hear more from The Cleaning Collective? Sign up to our mailing list for the latest offers and news

Girl sat in bed with allergies


By implementing thorough cleaning practices and proactive measures to reduce allergens in the workplace, businesses can create a healthier environment for employees and visitors alike. As a cleaning company committed to promoting wellness, we understand the importance of effective allergen control and are dedicated to helping businesses achieve cleaner, safer workspaces.

Together, we can minimise allergy triggers and improve overall health and productivity in the workplace.

Our Favourites

The Cleaning Blog

Want to learn more about cleaning? From the latest cleaning and hygiene news to handy how-to guides, why not check out our most popular blog categories.
Product Guru
Find a Solution