Has your Corporate office been renovated lately? And despite its new decor, the employees can be seen carrying some symptoms of a particular office disease?
Well, SICK BUILDING SYNDROME it is!!! All you have to know about SBS!
What is Sick Building Syndrome?
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, poor indoor air quality can be found in about 30 percent of new and remodeled buildings. That is the reason the first question asked was about your office being renovated. Sick building syndrome (SBS) is a name for a condition that’s thought to be caused by being in a corporate building or another type of enclosed space. It’s attributed to poor indoor air quality. This disease has been hampering a lot of companies as they fail to identify the symptoms and take necessary actions.
What are the Symptoms of SBS?
SBS symptoms can affect your skin, respiratory, and neurological systems. Cold is also counted to be one of the main symptoms of SBS.
Among the possible symptoms are:
- throat irritation
- breathing difficulties
- tightness in the chest
- allergy-like symptoms, such as sneezing
- burning sensations in the nose
- dry, itchy skin rashes
- difficulty concentrating
- body aches
If you have allergies or a current respiratory illness, you may notice an increased severity in your symptoms. For example, employees with asthma might be at a higher risk for asthma attacks due to SBS.
It’s also important to note that SBS affects everyone differently. While everyone who spends time in a particular space might go through some of the above symptoms, these can vary. Some people may not experience any symptoms at all. Others may experience symptoms after leaving the building in question — this may be due to repeated or long-term exposure.
What causes Sick Building Syndrome?
The causes of sick building syndrome can be identified if the following factors are visible and experienced by the employees of an organisation.
- buildings with poor ventilation, such as schools, offices, and public spaces
- high levels of dust
- tobacco smoke
- rooms with poor lighting
- outdated computer displays that cause eye strain
- the presence of mold or fungus
- formaldehyde (mostly found in wood furniture and floors)
- chemicals in the air from cleaning products
- carbon monoxide
- ozone from the use of printers and fax machines
- high levels of stress at work
- low workplace morale
- heat or low humidity
- noisy work environments
- insect or animal droppings
How corporate organisation can help overcome Sick Building Syndrome?
It is important for the facility managers to oversee the situations and implement several measures for the protection of employees. These timely measures can be very effective if properly implemented.
- Use cleaning products with low fumes and no fragrances.
- Vacuum regularly to remove dust.
- Change out air filters every couple of months (or more, if necessary)
- Get a test for possible indoor mold or fungus.
- Update computer monitors and other display systems.
- Change lights as needed.
- Consider investing in LED or blue lights for less energy output
Why is it important to eliminate Sick Building Syndrome?
Employees often complain about the environmental issues inside the company and how it affects the work productivity. With working on the culmination of this particular disease, it shall help in the following ways.
- Reduction in the employee absenteeism
- Enhanced work productivity by the employees
- More company goals will be accomplished
- The brand image of the company will be maintained
Sick Building Syndrome is taking a toll over all the corporate companies in recent times. Make sure your company isn’t affected. Air Quality testing in regular intervals from a NABL Accredited Lab is the ideal solution for the SBS problem.
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