Have you started to notice that there are employees that are calling in sick? Maybe they are leaving early complaining of illness and not feeling well. Have you noticed that it is wide spread and that it seems that there are more people calling in sick then the norm or average? You want to make sure that you do not have a building that is actually making them sick. You might not even realize that the office space that you are requiring employees and customers to come to are actually causing them to be ill. This is a problem that is referred to as sick building syndrome or SBS. This is something that has been found in many buildings but there is hope if your building is suffering from this.
What is Sick Building Syndrome?
The term sick building syndrome is given to a commercial building that has been making people sick on a regular basis. If you start to notice there are people that work in the building calling out sick a lot it is a good idea to start to chart it so that you can see of there is a common problem. You also can make a list of the symptoms that they are feeling so that you can deem if the building is in fact making them sick. There are some common symptoms you can look for. They include headaches, stuffy nose, fatigue sneezing and even a sore throat. If you start to see an influx in these types of symptoms through a group of people that are in the building on a regular basis it is a good idea to determine if your building is in fact suffering from SBS. If you are concerned about SBS at your commercial space you want to make sure you know what is causing it.
Poor Ventilation in the Workplace
One of the most common causes of SBS is lack of ventilation in the building. The building is supposed to have enough ventilation that the air in the building is being circulated and that if there was a problem with air born troubles they are able to be dissipated. Most newer building do not have a problem with ventilation but if you have an older building it is important to keep that in mind.
Improper Cleaning Allows Germ to Spread & Mold to Grow
Another problem that people have in a building is the fact that the space is not being cleaned properly. If you allow moisture, bacteria and germs to grow in the building the spread of mold and mildew will continue. This is due to the lack of proper cleaning to the building and leads to these dangerous spores to spread through the space. You want to make sure that the commercial space has professional cleaning to keep your employees from being sick.
How to Store Chemicals in the Workplace
lastly it could be due to the improper storing of chemicals that are being use to clean the building. You want to make sure that they are sealed and placed in a room that has proper ventilation. The chemicals can let off odor that will fill up the space causing the employees to feel sick while they are in the building.