I wonder what is more unwholesome: the common air form the outside (perhaps a busy street) or the air in the office where many people are working during the day? How effective our office ventilation systems?
Everybody knows - when we are spending time in the fresh air, walking in parks it helps to increase our energy. And on the opposite side there is such a phenomenon like the sick building syndrome. Sick building syndrome (SBS) occurs when the occupants of a building experience acute health effects that seem to be linked to time spent in a building. SBS causes a decrease in productivity of the workers. Signs and symptoms of the sick building syndrome are headache, dizziness, nausea, eye, nose or throat irritation, dry cough, dry or itching skin, difficulty in concentration, fatigue, sensitivity to odors, hoarseness of voice, allergies, cold and flu-like symptoms. It reduces work efficiency and increases absenteeism. Most of the complainants report relief soon after leaving the building...
So coming back to my questions - what can be done and how to prevent and control this situation?
If it’s possible - check your ventilation system for meeting the modern standards and up-to-date maintenance.
Make sure you have enough indoor plants: they are not only the beautiful decoration but they also absorb carbon monoxide and formaldehyde from the air.
Banning of smoking in the workplace or restricting smoking to designated well-ventilated areas is a must.
If it’s possible, just let fresh air inside time to time – through windows and doors. Ask your cleaners to air the rooms where it's possible.
And during your break just go outside to have a 5-10 minutes’ walk and breathe!