If you’ve ever heard your employees or co-workers complaining about persistent headaches or a general feeling of being unwell at the office – you could be dealing with a case of Sick Building Syndrome. What is Sick Buildiing Syndrome (SBS)? Sick Building Syndrome (noun) a condition affecting office workers, typically marked by headaches and respiratory problems, attributed to unhealthy or stressful factors in the working environment such as poor ventilation. (Google Dictionary) An unhealthy work environment can lower productivity by increasing absenteeism and negatively affecting overall morale. Although there are numerous sources of Sick Building Syndrome, many of them can be attributed to poor indoor air quality, which is caused by inadequate ventilation and a buildup of pollutants such as dust, mould, chemicals and bacteria. Symptoms of SBS.
The infographic below gives a detailed explanation of Sick Building Syndrome and its potential effects on the workforce. Source: Paint Inspection Ltd Click to view the full infographic
Seasonal Effects on Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) As outdoor temperatures drop in Winter, people in office buildings tend to keep a tight lid on doors and windows to eliminate drafts and conserve heat – limiting fresh air exchange and allowing indoor air pollutants to multiply. In addition, excess moisture caused by condensation due to temperature fluctuations can also negatively affect indoor air quality by creating ideal conditions for mould to grow. During this time, cleaning and disinfecting is particularly important to maintain healthy indoor air quality.
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