Dealing With Sick Building Syndrome
Some people experience acute health symptoms or discomfort after spending extended periods of time in a building. It is possible for symptoms to appear in a particular room, area of the building, or throughout the building. Without a known cause or specifically diagnosed illness, they could be suffering from Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). Studies have shown that these symptoms can be caused or exacerbated by poor indoor air quality.
According to a report by a World Health Organization Committee, possibly 30 percent of new and remodeled buildings may receive excessive complaints related to indoor air quality (IAQ). These figures are worldwide and not confined to buildings in any particular locality. While this condition may be temporary, buildings have been known to have long term indoor air quality problems.
Poor indoor air quality may result due to inadequate building design or by occupants personal habits. Buildings that are not maintained according to standard operating procedures, or in a manner that conflicts with the original design of the building may suffer from indoor air quality issues. If the air in a building is not properly ventilated and circulated by the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems, poor indoor air quality occurs.
Contaminants from indoor sources such as adhesives, carpets, upholstery, wood products, office equipment, cleaning agents, and common pesticides as well as combustion products from gas stoves and fireplaces may contribute to poor indoor air quality. Air that enters a building from the outside may be a source of pollution, such as vehicle exhaust and plumbing vents, if air intake vents are constructed poorly.
Symptoms of Sick Building Syndrome:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sensitivity to odors
- Feeling dizzy and nauseous
- Throat soreness
- Eye and nose irritation
- Difficulty breathing
Poor indoor air quality is the basic cause of Sick Building Syndrome. The first call to action for such a problem is to use a HEPA air purifier. Medical grade HEPA air filtration removes 99.97% of airborne particles and contaminants down to 0.3 microns in size from the air, and is the best solution to this problem. HEPA air purifiers are used in military and medical facilities as well as in manufacturing plants that require optimal air quality.
If you're concerned about the effects of VOCs, the best thing to do is limit your VOC exposure. Given that so many products include VOCs, one broad way to reduce exposure is to get an air purifier specially designed for VOC removal. The air purifier has to contain an activated carbon filter to effectively capture noxious chemical fumes, VOCs and odors.
If your home or building is making you or others sick, choose a HEPA air purifier that will help offer relief from symptoms related to Sick Building Syndrome. It will improve your indoor air quality and reduce the harmful effects of bacteria, mold, viruses, smoke and chemicals.
- Administration Staff