Back to Basics: Sick Building Syndrome

Sick building syndrome (SBS). The Oxford Dictionary defines it as a condition affecting office workers, typically marked by headaches and respiratory problems, attributed to unhealthy or stressful factors in the working environment such as poor ventilation. It’s the last thing your customers want to deal with; it’s the last thing YOU want to deal with!

Instead of a normal break/fix issue, SBS is a silent and sometimes deadly ailment that buildings suffer from. And until the people in the said building begin to suffer, it can be difficult to detect. At the end of the day, it all comes down to poor indoor air quality (IAQ).

So what are some causes of poor IAQ? These outbreaks of sickness can stem from any number of variables but here’s a shortlist to name just a few:

  • Subpar cleaning practices
  • Molds
  • Improper ventilation
  • Lack of proper fresh-air intake/air filtration
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOC)
  • Overlooked/forgotten maintenance

In most cases, SBS can be prevented by staying vigilant with yearly maintenance checks and constant monitoring of systems. Educate your customers on the perils of SBS and work with them to help keep their buildings and the people inside of them healthy and safe.

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