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What is Sick Building Syndrome?

Sick Building Syndrome is common among workers throughout the United Kingdom and refers to a situation when workers exhibit one of a number of different symptoms that can be attributed to the environment which they work in.   It is generally related to the building having poor air quality and most often occurs when air-conditioning cleaning and ventilation duct cleaning hasn’t been carried out on a regular basis. It can also be caused by too much dust or undetected moisture in the environment or through the presence of mould which can have a detrimental effect on health.

Whatever the cause though, it is imperative that these problems are rectified, as employers have a responsibility for the care of their workforce, and on top of which, an unhealthy workforce is a less productive one.

How is Sick Building Syndrome Diagnosed?

One avenue of suggesting that a building is suffering from Sick Building Syndrome is through a number of staff all suffering from similar symptoms. A spike in sickness levels is a sure sign that Sick Building Syndrome could well be an issue. Members of staff feeling better as soon as they leave work is also another sign of this problem, although some people can have symptoms after finishing work as well.

Some of the main symptoms that people exhibit when suffering from Sick Building Syndrome include:

  • Skin irritation
  • Irritation of the nose, throat or eyes
  • Respiratory problems, the onset of asthma or increased asthma attacks
  • Headaches and nausea

How can Sick Building Syndrome be Prevented?

One of the most effective solutions for curing Sick Building Syndrome is to deal with the building pathology, which includes ventilation duct cleaning and air conditioning cleaning.

As  the air in the environment is one of the main causes of this problem, then regularly employing duct cleaning services and air-conditioning duct cleaning will help to prevent Sick Building Syndrome from occurring.   It is also advisable to have rooms cleaned on a regular basis, including a thorough vacuuming and cleaning of all surfaces with an antibacterial agent.

Act Now

Rainbow International have led the industry in the United Kingdom for a number of years when it comes to duct cleaning services, as well as air-conditioning cleaning. They are available for any job around the country and can be contacted by ringing 01623 422488, or alternatively by visiting the links below.

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