Allergens in the Workplace and Air Quality

You might not always be able to totally avoid the sicknesses that are circulating through the office, despite your best efforts.  While illnesses can infrequently strike, what if they plague you constantly while you’re at work? It’s possible that the conditions you and your coworkers are going through are brought on by the air in your workplace. One in every four buildings in the US is considered to be “sick,” and the effects could be more serious than you might think.

Have you ever heard of Sick Building Syndrome? The definition of sick building syndrome is “situations in which building occupants experience acute health and comfort effects that appear to be linked to time spent in a building, but no specific illness or cause can be identified.” Even healthy persons may have some adverse consequences from being in a sick building, including headaches, weariness, inflamed eyes, and pain or discomfort in the eyes or head.

The severity and symptoms of Sick Building Syndrome might vary from person to person depending on a person’s vulnerability to airborne allergens. Breathing contaminated air may not have any immediate effects on some people, but it may eventually cause respiratory problems.

Sick building syndrome may be brought on by a lack of ventilation, chemical pollutants, or a buildup of allergens, to name a few. Examples of these allergies are mold, pollen, and dust mites

These containments can accumulate in the air ducts of office buildings, where the airflow then blows them about and disperses them throughout the building. As a result, people inside the building are constantly exposed to allergens and air pollution.

How much does Sick Building Syndrome cost?

More serious problems are brought about by Sick Building Syndrome than just stuffy noses in workers.  According to The American Lung Association, poor indoor air quality frequently causes asthma in US adults, who miss 14 million workdays annually as a result.

Poor indoor air quality causes about $60 billion in productivity losses annually, according the EPA.

Sick Building Syndrome can impair employees’ capacity to perform their tasks effectively and efficiently, which can result in a significant financial loss for businesses. Better indoor air quality, happier and healthier workers, and a $10–$30 billion increase in productivity can all result from keeping HVAC systems in good working order.

Cleaning your air ducts thoroughly and frequently is a good approach to solving or, better yet, avoiding this issue.

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