P253 CEEFAX 253 Tue 15 Nov 20:21/13   7/7                SICK BUILDINGS - THE OFFICE PERIL Principal Health and Safety Specialist Inspector Jim Sykes has compiled two reports of interest to people living or working in "sick buildingsb. Sick Building Syndrome: A Review and a report on illnesses associated with humidifiers are both available, free of charge, from: Health and Safety Executive, Technology Division, Room 315, St Anne's House, Bootle, Merseyside L20 3MF.  More Consumer Home+Away Meat Headlines
P253 CEEFAX 253 Tue 15 Nov 20:00/10   1/7                SICK BUILDINGS - THE OFFICE PERIL Office workers who suffer that "Monday morning feeling" in the afternoon should look to their work environment for the cause. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has produced its first-ever report on the phenomenon responsible - sick building syndrome. The 20-page document reviews published information on the illness and discusses symptoms, common features of "sick buildings" and possible causes.  More Consumer Home+Away Meat Headlines
P253 CEEFAX 253 Tue 15 Nov 20:02/01   2/7                SICK BUILDINGS - THE OFFICE PERIL People suffering from a number of mild symptoms may well be victims of sick building syndrome. Axd, nose and throat irritation, mental fatigue, dry skin and rashes, coughs, nausea and dizziness are some of the common complaints suffered Office workers are most affected, with complaints more frequent in the public than the private sector and in offices housing many staff. Symptoms are also more likely in the afternoon.  More Consumer Home+Away Meat Headlines
P253 CEEFAX 253 Tue 15 Nov 20:02/00   3/7                SICK BUILDINGS - THE OFFICE PERIL Certain buildings seem to provoke a high incidence of sickness —long the people who live or work in them. Culprits often have light construction with textile-covered indoor-surfaces and tinted glazing. They are kept warm and have windows that cannot be opened. No single factor can be proved to cause illness but inadequate air conditioning poor lighting, ventilation, temperature and air movement and humidity and airborne pollution are possible causes.  More Conspldr Home+Away Meat Headlines
P253 CEEFAX 253 Tue 15 Nov 20:02/02   4/7                SICK BUILDINGS - THE OFFICE PERIL A person's state of mind can affect their susceptibility to the illness known as sick building syndrome. This complex phenomenon is possibly exacerbated by the victim's low morale, dissatisfaction at work and a perceived lack of control over the environment. This may explain why clerical staff are more likely to suffer than their bosses Absenteeism rarely results but a drop in performance and motivation is likely  More Consumer Home+Away Meat Headlines
P253 CEEFAX 253 Tue 15 Nov 20:00/14   5/7                SICK BUILDINGS - THE OFFICE PERIL It seems unlikely that sick building syndrome can be completely eradicated but the problem can be minimised. Ventilation systems, often considered most likely to cause illness, should be regularly maintained and contaminants like cigarette smoke should be reduced. A large open-plan office is the hardest environment to control but air movement and temperature can be improved by the introduction of individual fans - ionisers are of little benefit.  More Consumer Home+Away Meat Headlines
P253 CEEFAX 253 Tue 15 Nov 20:10/04   6/7                SICK BUILDINGS - THE OFFICE PERIL A general improvement in enviroment will reduce the symptoms of sick building syndrome. Humidifiers can help prevent eye and skin irritations but should be checked for contamination by micro-organisms. Better lighting, including natural daylight, will reduce headaches and eye strain - common complaints in offices with uniform artificial lighting VDUs are not considered to be a problem  More Consumer Home+Away Meat Headlines