Indoor Air Monitoring

Sick Building Syndrome is a condition affecting office workers, symptoms include headaches and respiratory problems. Symptoms are attributed to unhealthy or even stressful factors within the working environment.

Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) is an imprecise term used to describe those buildings in which there is a prevalence of a range of symptoms causing discomfort and a sense of being unwell rather than a distinct illness.

Are your employees complaining are experiencing a range of symptom which includes:

  • eye, nose and throat irritation,
  • the sensation of dry mucous membranes and skin,
  • hoarseness, wheezing, coughs and frequent respiratory infections,
  • skin rash and itching,
  • headaches and mental fatigue,
  • nausea and dizziness.

No single cause has been identified for SBS, although many contributory factors have been suggested, and a large number of causes are inter-related. SBS may result from the simultaneous combination of a number of factors.

  • physical aspects, such as inadequate ventilation,
  • thermal discomfort,
  • low humidity,
  • lighting,
  • air pollution including airborne organic matter,
  • other factors, such as low morale and general dissatisfaction with working conditions, may also play a part.

We recommend the following steps and can assist with following the recommendations in ISO7730 and CIBSE guidelines, are the first steps which should be undertaken by occupiers in an investigation of a possible case of SBS.

  1. carry out a workplace employee survey to determine if the prevalence of symptoms is higher than expected or are the symptoms caused by a common virus etc. The survey can also identify other obvious causes which can easily be remedied such as changing the workplace temperature;
  2. check general building cleanliness, including checking that vacuum cleaners are effective, regularly emptied, and that filters are clean;
  3. check proprietary cleaning materials are being correctly used;
  4. check the general operation of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, including the correct setting of dampers, particularly in the fresh air supply system;
  5. check condition and cleanliness of air filters, humidifiers, de-humidifiers and cooling towers; and
  6. check heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system maintenance schedules and compliance with these schedules.

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