If an area inside the building causes acute discomfort among its employees relative to the time spent while in the area but subsides as soon as the area is vacated, then it’s a sick building.
It’s considered a ‘Sick Building Syndrome’ if there is no known source of the discomfort, but the employees get sick more often than not.
An employee may experience these symptoms of sick building syndrome:
- Itchy, irritated, dry or watery eyes
- Nasal congestion
- Throat soreness or tightness
- Dry, itchy skin or unexplained rashes
- A headache, lethargy, or difficulty concentrating
Meanwhile, here are the possible causes of sick building syndrome:
- Inadequate ventilation – occurs if heating, ventilating, and air conditioning does not effectively distribute air to everyone on the floor.
- Indoor chemical contaminants – toxins emitted from carpet, upholstery, paint, adhesive, wood product, copy machine, pesticide, and cleaning agent include volatile organic compounds (VOCs) including formaldehyde.
- Outdoor chemical contaminants – tobacco smoke from smokers, combustion smoke and products, plumbing vents, and building exhausts can all enter the building and contribute to indoor air pollution.
- Natural and biological toxins – contaminants such as bacteria, molds, viruses, and pollen appear and breed on the stagnant water in ducts, humidifiers and drain pans, or from ceiling tiles, carpeting, or insulation.
Moreover, high temperature, poor ventilation, high level of humidity, sealed windows, conventional paints, coatings, and furnishings all contribute to sick building syndrome.
When and how will you know you need to have your indoor air quality tested?
Over time, an untested indoor air quality will take its toll on the employees working in it. Sooner or later, application for sick leave will be filed endlessly by affected employees. An absent or sick employee is already a loss for the company – jeopardizing the workforce and delaying the production.
For this reason, pull out the main source of absenteeism by having your indoor air quality tested regularly. Indoor air pollutants come off from everything and everywhere.
Correspondingly, the HVAC system must be checked-up regularly and should be functioning properly without any contamination to prevent sick building syndrome. Prevention may involve indoor air quality testing, changing the air filters, and increasing the ventilation rates of the HVAC system.
What is indoor air quality testing?
Generally speaking, indoor air quality testing is the process of testing and analyzing the air quality of the office, school, transport facility, shopping center, hospital, or private homes.
For the most part, indoor air quality should be tested every month to prevent the development and spread of indoor air pollutants. In addition, indoor air quality testing is very important because it affects everyone who enters the building.
All things considered, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Philippines uses state-of-the-art air testing equipment to conduct indoor air quality testing, monitoring, and assessment by providing concrete measurements of pollutants, detecting carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and oxides of nitrogen.
In detail, the parameters IAQ assess are the following:
- Carbon Dioxide
- Carbon Monoxide
- Total Volatile Organic Compounds
- Operative Temperature
- Relative Humidity
- Air Movement
- Respirable Suspended Particles
- Light Measurement
- Noise Measurement
- Total Viable Bacterial Count
- Total Viable Mold Count
With attention to these parameters, IAQ Philippines provide full assessment report and a recommendation report once needed for affected areas consulted with Singaporean and Canadian Indoor Air Quality Specialists. In fact, real-time results are accessible through a mobile app and can be monitored by all employees anytime and anywhere.
All in all, “prevention is better than cure.” Know the source of the sickness, know the cure.
Have your indoor air quality tested today by calling these numbers: (02) 355-6489 or (02) 351-6059.