Impacts Sick building syndrome (SBS)
Sick building syndrome (SBS) is poorly understood phenomenons where people in particular work environments have a range of non-specific, building-related symptoms.
The symptoms of SBS may include:
The symptoms of SBS can appear on their own or in combination with each other. They usually improve or disappear altogether after leaving the building.
Who is affected by SBS?
Anyone can be affected by SBS, but office workers are most at risk. This is because people who work in offices do not usually have control over their working environment. They are often employed in routine work that involves using display screen equipment.
Women appear to be more likely to develop the symptoms of SBS than men. However, this may be due to more women being employed in offices rather than a higher susceptibility.
SBS seems to be associated with certain types of buildings. Most cases of SBS occur in open-plan offices, although people sometimes develop the symptoms while in other buildings that are occupied by lots of people, such as: