Sick Building Syndrome
What is it?
As the rise of indoor people increases it is important that we create a safe environment for them to go about their lives inside. Employees spend approximately ⅓ of their day in the office where they are exposed to many changing potentially harmful conditions.1 With this risk of poor working conditions such as high IAQ, comes the rise of Sick Building Syndrome. Sick Building Syndrome “comprises various nonspecific symptoms that occur in the occupants of a building.”1 Sick Building Syndrome can be used to describe a situation in which those who are in a building feel unwell or discomfort that seems to be caused by the time they spend in the building. Although the cause is unknown it is believed to be mainly attributed to poor ventilation.2
In the US approximately 1 in 4 are experiencing Sick Building Syndrome and they may not even know it. The severity of this syndrome worsens the longer you stay in the poor indoor conditions. Symptoms of Sick Building Syndrome include “headache; eye, nose, or throat irritation; dizziness and nausea; difficulty in concentrating; fatigue.”3 It is important to know if any of these symptoms are occurring and to make a change fast. To have employees who are discomforted and unable to concentrate can severely affect the working environment and the productivity of the employees as well as bring harm to their health.
How to prevent it:
In order to prevent Sick Building Syndrome it is important to know when the levels of everything inside get to dangerous levels. This is where RadGreen comes into play. With the help of RadGreen you can get alerts whenever there is a problem in one or more of the monitored
environments, enabling manual or automatic systems to fix the situation. A simple easy fix, with one installation and only needing to plug it in until you can ensure a safe indoor environment. This will stop the Sick Building Syndrome before it can have detrimental effects on those inside the building.
1 Sumedha M. Joshi, 2008.The sick building syndrome https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2796751/
2 Cherney, Kristeen. “Sick Building Syndrome: Testing, Treatment, and Prevention.” Healthline, Healthline Media, 18 Sept. 2018, https://www.healthline.com/health/sick-building-syndrome.
3 Indoor Air Facts No. 4 Sick Building Syndrome – US EPA. United States Environmental Protection Agency, https://www.epa.gov/sites/default/files/2014-08/documents/sick_building_factsheet.pdf.