Bad Air Is A Technology Problem

Session Abstract:

Bad air is dangerous for everyone — and it is the smallest particles that pose the biggest risk to indoor spaces. Airborne diseases like influenza and COVID-19 latch onto these ultrafine particles which can penetrate the lungs and bloodstream more easily. As air quality worsens, the chances of airborne transmission rise.

Until recently office managers were not equipped with the correct tools and information to protect from bad air. Today they face a proliferation of air quality technologies. The bad news is that these readings and the devices they pull environmental data from are often unreliable and variable.

Many commercially available air sensors exist that claim to capture all sorts of data. Although these claims may have some kernel of truth, the implications of taking action on data pulled from a $19 consumer sensor can be significant.

Imagine an employee who has ordered an air quality sensor from Amazon and gets one reading with a concerning number of particles in the air under a certain size. This could indicate a significant risk to employee health. How should a facility manager respond to this? Call the building to complain about the HVAC? Send employees home until the issue can be remediated? Dismiss it as unimportant?

The fact of the matter is that as the science is becoming more clear and the measuring devices more ubiquitous, these challenges are rapidly presenting themselves to facility managers. Without a strategy, facility managers are at the mercy of random test readings from wildly inaccurate sensors.

The best way to determine indoor air quality actually involves an old industry solution. The lab-grade particle counters used in pharmaceutical manufacturing, clean rooms and other heavily regulated environments can calculate air quality with consistent precision. The EPA uses lab-grade particle counters to benchmark the accuracy of all of the commercial sensors on the market. These machines are incredibly accurate and serve as the go-to industry tool for diagnosing air quality.

Augmenting the measurement of commercial or consumer grade air quality sensors with lab-grade air particle counters is how organizations can accurately diagnose air quality issues that are occurring in their building and gain insight on how to remediate them. They will also be well armed to communicate any concerns raised by stakeholders who operate within their facility and provide them with the data needed to demonstrate that their business is operating within a healthy and safe environment.


Jeff Cristee
Jeff Cristee at Phizzle

Jeff is the company’s Chief Revenue Officer and brings world-class sales leadership experience to Phizzle. As Vice President of Cisco’s Sales Training and Development for almost a decade, Jeff and his team both hired and trained an entire generation of Cisco sellers.

Passionate about spending time with and listening to customers, Jeff was Cisco’s lead executive sponsor to some of the largest global companies in Pharmaceuticals, Hospitality, Retail, and Health Care. He also has served as Cisco’s Executive Sponsor for the Country of Finland.

Prior to this role, Jeff was an Area Sales Vice President for the US Commercial Central Organization. This is a 13-state geography in the Midwestern United States with a Cisco revenue target of over $1.5 Billion. Jeff joined Cisco as part of their acquisition of Stratacom in 1996, and has been leading teams across the US in Public, Fortune 500, and Commercial Business sectors.

Very active in economic development at the state and regional levels, Jeff is the founder and former chairman of the Tailwind Group, a program that identified and assisted high potential start-up companies and facilitated their rapid growth. He is also past Chairman of the Technical Advisory Boards of Marian College and The Orchard School. Jeff graduated from Indiana University with a BS in Finance in 1985.

Session Tags

Enterprise, OEM

Indoor Air Quality, Pharma, Scientific Devices



Manufacturing, Healthcare, Pharmaceutical / BioTech

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