Do you leave work, or school and just don’t feel very good? Maybe you get out in the fresh air and realize that you start to feel better. This could be a sign that you are working or spending time in a sick building. This is a real problem and can affect any type of commercial building including offices, schools, libraries and stores. The problem usually comes from the air that is being circulated throughout the building not being balanced. The EPA has given this a name, and it is called Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) or Building Related Illness (BRI). This syndrome is given when a building has occupants or anyone that spends a lot of time in that particular building experiencing acute health concerns. SBS or BRI usually occurs because of the amount of carbon dioxide that is in the air that is being circulated throughout.
Ventilation and Air Quality Issues
When a workplace or building recognizes an increase in the well being and illness of its patrons they will look into what might be causing this to happen. Having the air tested for higher levels of carbon dioxide can help to determine if SBS could be the issue. They also will look for how well the building is being ventilated, which can be partially to blame for the SBS.
How to know if you are suffering from SBS?
There are many symptoms that can be attributed to SBS including:
- Itchy Eyes and nose
- Trouble Concentrating
If you or any number of the occupants of your building are suffering from these symptoms then a course of action may be required.
Sick Building Syndrome Solutions
One of the quickest ways to help treat SBS is to ventilate the room or building that has been targeted as a problem. Also having the problem identified as to what chemical is causing the trouble and having it removed is the next step. This will take a well trained professional to handle a job of this caliber. Most BRI can be remedied by such methods as using HEPA filters to reduce or eliminate most airborne particles, avoiding building air intakes located near sources of vehicle exhaust fumes or other contaminants, and avoiding bacterial and fungal contamination of air conditioning or circulating methods.