WHAT IS INDOOR AIR QUALITY?
SICK BUILDING SYNDROME
The sick building syndrome comprises of various nonspecific symptoms that occur in the occupants of a building. This feeling of ill health increases sickness absenteeism and causes a decrease in the productivity of the workers. -NCBI
Building occupants complain of symptoms associated with acute discomfort, e.g., headache; eye, nose, or throat irritation; dry cough; dry or itchy skin; dizziness and nausea; difficulty in concentrating; fatigue; and sensitivity to odors. Most of the complainants report relief soon after leaving the building. -EPA
Primary causes of Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) are:
Indoor chemical contaminants (adhesives, carpeting, upholstery, manufactured wood products, copy machines, pesticides, and cleaning agents)
Outdoor chemical contaminants (vehicle exhaust, building exhaust, and tobacco smoke)
Biological contaminants (bacteria, mold, virus, and pollen)