What is Sick Building Syndrome?
According to an article written by Department of Preventative and Social Medicine Correspondent Dr. Sumedha Joshi and published in the US National Library of Medicine, Sick Building Syndrome is a term used to describe a situation in which the occupants of a building experience health-related effects that seem to be directly linked to the time spent inside the building. Signs and symptoms can include headache; dizziness; nausea; eye, nose, or throat irritation; dry cough; dry or itching skin; difficulty in concentration; fatigue; and increased asthma attacks.
Joshi explains that there are several ways a good building can become sick, the most common culprits being chemical or biological contaminants, like motor vehicle exhaust or mold.
How Does a Building Develop Sick Building Syndrome?
How Do I Protect My Building from Sick Building Syndrome?
To protect your building from Sick Building Syndrome, Joshi recommends increasing the ventilation and air distribution, which means to make sure your HVAC system is working properly and your air ducts are free and clear of any contaminants that could be circulating throughout your building. Also, if you find mold in your building, call a mold remediation specialist immediately, and work with him or her to develop a mold remediation action plan.
More info? For more information on commercial mold, check out our other post, Healthy Office Environment? Commercial Mold Causes and Tips.
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