Sick building syndrome

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Sick building syndrome (SBS) is a combination of ailments (a syndrome) associated with an individual's place of work (typically, but not always, an office building), though there have also been instances of SBS in residential buildings. A 1984 World Health Organisation report into the syndrome suggested up to 30% of new and remodelled buildings worldwide may be linked to symptoms of SBS.

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Symptoms of SBS

Building occupants complain of symptoms such as:

For SBS to exist, these symptoms must disappear soon after the occupants go outside

Causes

The contributing factors often relate to the design of the built environment, and may include combinations of some or all of the following:

To the owner or operator of a "sick building", the symptoms may include high levels of employee sickness or absenteeism, lower productivity, low job satisfaction and high employee turnover.

Solutions

Pollutant source removal or modification: Maintenance of HVAC systems, replacement of water-stained ceiling tiles and carpeting, institution of smoking restrictions, venting contanimant source emissions to the outdoor storage and use of paints, adhesives, solvents, and pesticides in well ventilated areas, and use of these pollutant sources during periods of non-occupancy.

See also

Aspergillus.

es:Sndrome del edificio enfermo ja:シックハウス症候群

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