Sick building syndrome (SBS) is where workers in particular workplace environment complain that they are experiencing a range of non-specific symptoms. These may include:
The symptoms of Sick Building Syndrome & poor Indoor Air Quality usually resolve once the person who is experiencing them has left the building. Women are more likely to be affected by the symptoms of Sick Building Syndrome than men.
Sick Building Syndrome seems to only occur in certain types of buildings. It typically occurs in large open-plan offices with automated heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems.
Since the 1970s, researchers have been trying to identify a definitive cause of Sick Building Syndrome. However, no cause has been identified yet.
Most experts believe that Sick Building Syndrome could be caused by a number of factors working in combination. These factors may include:
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recommends that employers should take the steps outlined below to investigate the possible causes of Sick Building Syndrome:
Once the steps outlined above have been completed and any necessary actions have been taken, employers should carry out another employee survey to see if symptoms of Sick Building Syndrome persist. If Sick Building Syndrome symptoms are still present, it will be necessary to carry out a more detailed investigation of the workplace.
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