Sick Building Syndrone. What is it ? Are we suffering?
Sick Building Syndrone is normally related to poor air quality
When issues such as sore throats , runny noses, sore eyes, headaches and dry or itchy skin regularly manifests themselves amongst workers or within your family environment, then futher investigation is necessary
With any form of analytic measurement it is often not sensible to go out and buy the first peice of kit that says " hey i monitor xxx down to the ppm level.
The most effective approach is to follow the following procedure
Find a reference monitoring standard or standard monitoring method.
Find equipment that complies with the standard
Carry out test work in accordance with the standard
Carry out analysis of samples in accordance with the standard
Convert results into the reuired concentration format
Write a report
Key Symptons and Monitoring
The main symptons are :
Dry and itchy skin
Dry and sore eyes
Runny Nose and or blocked nose/ sinus
headaches, tiredness, poor concentration
This may manifest itself in an increase in staff absence, reduced overtime and extended breaks. Reduced efficiency and an increase in complaints
Sick building syndrome is not an illness but a term used to describe a set of traits observed under certain conditions.
It is usually made up of two factors :
Physical factors- temp, air flow, light, noise
Job Factors- hapiness, fulfilment
If you staff or workplace observe a sudden increase in complaints of these types of feelings, then a simple investigation would begin by talking to people and understanding what they are feeling
You may wish to perfrom some monitoring
Environmental Monitorings approach is to enable you to do the monitoring
So we can initially hire or sell you the following items:
VOC monitoring from furniture and fittings
We can provide you with reference methods of monitoring and a simple report