Try these 4 steps to help workers complaining of sick building syndrome on your property.
According to the Journal of Commerce, it’s not just old, poorly designed buildings that are putting occupants at risk of sick building syndrome. The acute health and comfort issues comprising sick building syndrome including headaches, nausea, dizziness, allergy-like symptoms, and even severe respiratory ailments in some cases have also been reported in new LEED-certified buildings that were supposed to be engineered to a high standard using eco-friendly materials.
Because sick building syndrome is caused by a variety of factors that are hard to trace and quantify, rather than a single known contaminant, there are no official standards as to when a building poses this health and safety risk. So though you may not be obligated to do so, if your employees are complaining of sick building syndrome symptoms, you can take these 4 steps to help them.
One of the easiest ways to improve air quality inside a building and reduce sick building syndrome symptoms is to get more fresh air into the building. This can be accomplished by adjusting the HVAC system or by adding additional ventilation. Improving air flow in and out of the building helps reduce the impact of off-gassing, or the release of Volatile Organic Chemicals like formaldehyde from building materials, which is considered one of the primary contributors to sick building syndrome.
Get a Professional Duct Cleaning
Another step you can take to improve indoor air quality is to have your HVAC ducts cleaned. At Econo West Heating Air & Plumbing Heating Air & Plumbing, we provide professional air duct cleaning services using HEPA-filtered vacuums to remove all kinds of dirt and allergens from the ducts. This helps to prevent these allergens from circulating all over your property via the ductwork.
Invest in Better Filtration
Improving your HVAC filtration can also help keep allergens under control. For example, upgrading to HEPA filters in your furnace and air conditioner can ensure that 99 percent of contaminants are captured on the first pass through the filter, rather than having to circulate through the system multiple times in order to get captured. Having quality filtration is very important if you believe a mold infestation is contributing to your air quality issues as you will be able to reduce the amount of mold spores in the air. If you are concerned about germs and bacteria, you might consider installing an air purifier as well.
Complete Remediation Activities
If the above steps are not enough to improve indoor air quality and relieve sick building syndrome symptoms, you may need to take more drastic action. This may include removing building materials and furnishings that are emitting VOCs or getting professional mold remediation.