sick building syndrome


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sick build·ing syn·drome

old term for building-related illness.

sick build·ing syn·drome

old term for building-related illness.

sick building syndrome

n.
An illness affecting workers in office buildings, characterized by skin irritations, headache, and respiratory problems, and thought to be caused by indoor pollutants, microorganisms, or inadequate ventilation. Also called building sickness.

sick building syndrome

a condition characterized by fatigue, headache, dry eyes, and respiratory complaints affecting workers in certain buildings with limited ventilation. The symptoms seem to be caused by a combination of chemical agents in low concentrations rather than a specific irritant.
A condition defined by the World Health Organisation as '... excess work-related irritation of mucocutaneous surfaces and other symptoms—e.g., headache, fatigue, difficulty concentrating—reported by workers in modern office buildings.'

sick building syndrome

Tight building syndrome Public health A condition defined by the WHO, as excess work-related irritation of mucocutaneous surfaces and other Sx–eg, headache, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, reported by workers in modern office buildings. See Building biology, Environmental disease.
Sick building syndrome–clinical features
Hypersensitivity Hypersensitivity pneumonitis and allergic alveolitis in response to various microorganisms eg water-borne ameba, known as 'humidifier lung'
Allergies Allergic rhinitis and asthma, due to dust mites
Infections Mini-epidemics, eg Legionnaire's disease, Pontiac fever, by low-level airborne pathogens that thrive in stagnate water and are disseminated through poorly-maintained air conditioning systems
Mucocutaneous irritation Skin eruptions, due to fiberglass, mineral wool or other particles; contact lens wearers may suffer corneal abrasions
Mucosal irritation Dry throat, cough, tightness in chest, sinus congestion and sneezing–formerly due to tobacco smoke, which is increasingly banned in buildings, solvents and cleaning materials, eg chlorine, reactions to photochemicals or other toxins, eg in laser printers due to the styrene-butadiene toners and ozone production by photocopiers
Pseudoepidemics Due to 'mass hysteria'

sick build·ing syn·drome

(sik bild'ing sin'drōm)
A disorder of nonspecific symptoms including fatigue, headache, dry eyes and throat, and nasal problems, occurring mostly in office workers; attributed to low-level exposures to substances used in building and interior construction; most symptoms lessen during off-work periods.

sick building syndrome

A varied group of symptoms sometimes experienced by people working in a modern office building and attributed to the building. Symptoms include fatigue, headache, dryness and itching of the eyes, sore throat and dryness of the nose. No convincing explanation has been offered.

Sick building syndrome

An illness related to MCS in which a person develops symptoms in response to chronic exposure to airborne environmental chemicals found in a tightly sealed building.
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Sick building syndrome involves a building with a significant number of occupants who complain of health problems or discomfort, where the problems diminish when they leave the building, and there is no discoverable direct link between the building source and the problems encountered.
THE Health and Safety Executive has revealed that thousands of people a year take time off work due to Sick Building Syndrome.
And while the EPA says removing the sources of contamination and increasing ventilation are the best cures for polluted indoor air, a 1993 New England Journal of Medicine study found that increased ventilation did not solve the problem of sick building syndrome.
Many school employees across Vermont have told Gutman they finished the last school year "feeling the effects of sick building syndrome, having dealt with repeated illness, fatigue, and a variety of other symptoms.
Robert Jacobs, a San Antonio allergist familiar with sick building syndrome, points out that because we are surrounded by such compounds in the modern world, putting a baby to sleep in a hardwood crib with organic sheets won't make an appreciable difference in the child's overall exposure.
What we're basically showing," he says, "is that you can get a sick building syndrome for a day or so from an insecticide application.
Conditions such as sick building syndrome and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) make life a misery for staff.
Because this product seems to meet our needs with respect to protecting facilities from fire and eliminating the potential for sick building syndrome, we're installing them at additional facilities as well.
Yet, the question remains, "Are sick building syndrome symptoms the result of poor air quality or vivid imaginations?
According to the World Health Organization, up to 30% of new and remodeled buildings worldwide may be linked to symptoms of Sick Building Syndrome.
7 million weekly Sick Building Syndrome symptoms in the winter, improve performance by 0.
Sick building syndrome not only threatens building occupants, it can result in litigation that threatens the bottom-line of employers and building owners alike.