Are you allergic to your office?
According to Allergy UK, an English-based organization, poor ventilation, a lack of cleanliness, and even your pet-owning colleagues could be triggering sniffles and sneezes.
The organization carried out research involving more than 1,000 office workers, primarily allergy sufferers. The most reported allergy symptoms were headaches and fatigue, with more than 25% of respondents saying their allergies worsened when at work.
In addition, 62% of respondents also experienced itchy or watery eyes while 27% experienced coughing and other breathing problems.
- Ventilation - Whether it's windows, vents, or the air conditioning ducts, employees should ensure they have clean air around them. In the survey only 15% of contributors said their offices were well-ventilated.
- Carpet - Carpets and soft furnishings are home to dust mite allergens, and some 90% of office workers reported that their workplace has carpeted floors.
- Bookcases - 54% of those surveyed said they had open bookshelves, which harbor dust and allergens.
- Plants - Plants in the office can be home to sneeze-inducing molds.
Anti-allergy action plan:
To help minimize allergic reactions in your office, Allergy UK recommends purchasing an air purifier for your desk to help remove allergens like pollen, mold, and dust mite debris.
For office plants, be sure to keep them watered and regularly remove the top soil to control molds. Hang coats away from your desk and other high-traffic areas to prevent dust and allergens from being released into the air, and drink plenty of water throughout the day.
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