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SECRETS TO GOOD HEALTH
AT THE WORKPLACE
Sick building syndrome (SBS)
describes a situation whereby people experience symptoms of ill health
that seem to be linked to spending time in a building - but where no
specific cause can be identified.
What are the symptoms?
Some of the symptoms associated with SBS
include: headaches, eye, nose or throat irritation, skin irritation,
coughs, nausea and fatigue. The symptoms rapidly improve after leaving
Although the cause is
unknown, there are several common theories surrounding the syndrome. These
outside the building - these will vary according to the location of the
building. However, the common theory is that 'bad air' is drawn into the
building via vents and windows.
inside the building - upholstery, carpets and cleaning products can emit
chemicals, which can be a cause of irritation.
Bacteria, pollen and
mould - if these contaminants collect in drains or air-conditioning
systems they can breed and spread causing a variety of health problems
such as. allergies and coughs.
High or low humidity
level - or changes in relative humidity in a building can trigger
symptoms of ill health.
Poor ventilation - many
office environments use air conditioning systems but ventilation is
culprit in most buildings is thought to be the flow of air. If this can be
improved then SBS symptoms may disappear. Specific pollutants should be
identified and then removed or altered to minimize the effect. If you
suspect your place of work is making you ill try and keep a diary of your
symptoms. Do you feel better when you leave the building? Are there any
changes you can make to your work environment? These might include:
Opening windows or doors
to improve airflow.
Altering the temperature
in your office.
Minimising the use of
perfumed detergents and air fresheners.
Finally, if you and your
colleagues feel that further investigation or action is needed, you may
need to consider meeting with the owner of the building and your local
AND WORK BALANCE
When you become a parent
the issue of work is no longer as simple as it used to be. New
responsibilities will be on the agenda - and you'll need to give
considerable thought to how you adapt to this change in your lifestyle.
Time spent with your family is always precious, even more so if you have
little of it. If there are two working parents in your household, it's
important to make the most of the time you have together with your
priority: The best tip for making your
family time count is, guard it carefully. As your children grow you'll
find there are ever-increasing and conflicting demands on everyone's time.
Supposedly 'free' time can be taken up with party invites, friends
dropping by, phone calls from your mother and must-watch TV programmes.
You'll soon find that if you don't fence off some time to spend as a
family, it won't happen.
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