Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) is a term used to describe a set of symptoms experienced by workers in a particular environment. It has been recognised as a phenomenon by the World Health Organisation (WHO) since 1982. Extensive studies by the HSE have estimated between 30 and 50% of new or refurbished buildings can cause some form of SBS. In addition, recent Australian research has demonstrated that office printers can be a source of indoor air pollutants that require ‘specialist expertise’ to identify and tackle the cause. There is growing awareness of the importance of indoor air quality and the relationship between ‘comfort’ and higher productivity levels is strengthening.
Exact causes of sick building syndrome are difficult to define but are likely to involve a combination of physical, environmental and job related factors. Common characteristics are likely to include:
The symptoms of sick building syndrome are wide ranging and vary between people, they usually include:
There can be significant tangible benefits in promptly dealing with complaints about indoor air quality.
They include improving staff morale, efficiency, less time spent dealing with complaints, lower levels of absenteeism, better staff retention, and overall a more motivated and satisfied workforce.
Envirocare can provide a bespoke service based on the symptoms present and will provide a cost effective solution that will have your staff working in a more productive environment as soon as possible.
Envirocare can provide assistance by carrying out independent air quality monitoring within the workplace that includes expert technical advice tailored to the individual needs of clients. These include:
Call us on 01274 738668 or fill out our Envirocare Enquiry Form for any queries regarding indoor air quality monitoring, air Quality assessments, sick building syndrome or if you feel that you could benefit from any of our services in this field. You can also visit our Indoor Air Quality Testing page for more details about this service.