Do you have an unexplained health issue that can’t be attributed to anything specific? Returning to work after the COVID-19 pandemic and feeling unwell is not an uncommon problem.
Workers spend more time in the office than we do in our own homes. Office air quality is known to influence our physical and mental health.
Sick building syndrome is a phenomenon that involves a variety of symptoms that occur in the occupants of a building. This feeling of ill health increases sickness absenteeism and causes a decrease in the productivity of the workers.
“Headache, dizziness, nausea, eye, nose or throat irritation, dry cough, dry or itching skin, difficulty in concentration, fatigue, sensitivity to odours, hoarseness of voice, allergies, colds, flu-like symptoms, increased incidence of asthma attacks and personality changes.
The cause of the symptoms is not known. It reduces work efficiency and increases absenteeism. Most of the complainants report relief soon after leaving the building, although lingering effects of toxins can occur.”
This syndrome is increasingly becoming a major occupational hazard, the cause, management, and prevention of this condition has been brought to Airsafe’s attention to investigate.
Occupational hygienists at Airsafe we recently engaged to address the indoor air quality of office space near a busy highway. The results were alarming. However, the extensive range of technical equipment, coupled with a tailored management plan provided by Airsafe allowed alleviation measures to be put in place.