What is sick building syndrome

Sick Building Syndrome in Buildings – What is SBS?

Sick Building Syndrome or SBS is linked very closely to the quality of internal environments and in particular indoor air quality. Poor air quality has the potential to make or break the health of the individuals inside any particular building.

Most people now spend the majority of their time indoors, going from home to the office or into school or college and then back home again. Therefore it becomes very important to ensure indoor air quality at each of these locations is as good as it can possibly be.

Is your Building Suffering from Sick Building Syndrome?

Sick Building Syndrome has been recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO) since 1982 and is the term typically given to buildings that suffer from poor indoor air quality.

This has been associated with lower productivity in workplaces and higher levels of sickness. Schools may also suffer from poor air quality, which in turn can hamper the learning process.

Assessing your workplace is essential if you are to avoid Sick Building Syndrome.

Investing in an indoor air quality investigation provided by WTS ensures your business can strive to achieve a healthier state, more on our indoor air quality assessment services here… air quality testing

Your employees will likely be more efficient and effective when they have a clean space to work in that has good air quality.

What does an Air Quality Assessment Involve?

Various stages are undertaken during an indoor air quality assessment.

Firstly we will conduct a survey of the building, the internal environments and the mechanical services such as air conditioning, ventilation systems etc.

Once this is completed we will check the entire premises testing air quality for pollutants, moisture and humidity levels, temperatures; we will also investigate physical factors including ventilation rates and air flows.

Those working or studying in the building can also provide information on the surroundings.

This might include evidence of any symptoms that might be associated with illnesses caused by Sick Building Syndrome.

The in-depth assessment also includes taking samples of various contaminants found on-site.

Further laboratory analysis of these samples will provide a complete picture of the likely hazards that might be present in your building.

Experts in Indoor Air Quality Testing & Assessment

The healthier the environment in your office, school or other location is, the healthier the people in that environment will be.

It is only by identifying the risks and causes of poor indoor air quality that an improved working or living environment can be achieved.

Tackle Sick Building Syndrome to reduce absenteeism, lethargy and instances of poor work performance or studying by paying closer attention to air quality now. Investing in a proper indoor air assessment is like investing in the health of your business and your employees.

World Class Indoor Air Testing Solutions

WTS are a leading independent UK water, air, energy and environmental services company offering expert environmental management solutions including professional indoor air testing and full support services.

With offices in London serving the South and South East England, Manchester (North West), Birmingham (Midlands), Bristol (South East England and Wales), Leeds (North and North East) and Glasgow (Scotland), supported by regional teams of specially trained engineers, site service specialists and technical experts we can offer water management solutions across the whole of the UK.

Contact WTS today to discuss how an indoor air quality assessment could improve the health of everyone working for you… contact us →

Further Reading…

More information about Sick Building Syndrome from Wikipedia here… here →

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Sick Building Syndrome in Buildings – What is SBS?
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Sick Building Syndrome or SBS is linked very closely to the quality of internal environments and in particular indoor air quality. Poor air quality has the potential to make or break the health of the individuals inside any particular building.
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