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Sick building syndrome

Sick Building Syndrome – SBS
• Sick Building Syndrome (also referred as Tight Building Syndrome) refers to situation wherein occupants of a building experience acute health related symptoms
• These symptoms are directly related to the time spent inside the building
• It is difficult to identify a specific illness or disease
• It is difficult to identify a specific cause for such an illness
• Sometimes, instead of the whole building, only certain areas within the building are the ones whose occupants complain of such symptoms
• Mostly reported in air-tight buildings or buildings with poor ventilation
SBS – Definition
• 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.
• Source: The American Heritage® Stedman

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