Archive for September, 2011

Why Sick Building Syndrome Is An Insidious Condition

Sick building syndrome, also known as multiple chemical sensitivity, is one if those extremely nasty and extremely insidious situations since it cannot be smelled, heard or tasted. What it can do is irritate the eyes, nose, throat and skin.

It will provoke coughing sneezing, produce headaches and feelings of fatigue along with making people lose concentration. In many cases, it acts as a trigger for people suffering from asthma.

Workers in places suffering from sick building syndrome typically feel tired and irritable often blaming these sensations on a need for more sugar. However, they are more than likely the victims of indoor pollution.

How Does Indoor Pollution Occur?

Indoor pollution is emitted when volatile and noxious gasses accumulate in synthetic carpeting, wall coverings and office furniture – especially new items.

The gases accumulated eventually leach out into the ventilation system and can be carried throughout the entire building. A worthy suggestion is always to go with natural fiber carpeting.

Additionally, natural fabrics should be used when purchasing new office furniture. Possibly doing away with floor carpeting opting for natural hardwood is a better strategy since these can be maintained with non-chemical varnish.

Carpet manufacturers boasting about products being stain resistant are usually spraying with odorless and colorless synthetic chemicals that create toxic gasses.

Maintenance-free may be toxic

Parents are smart to keep infants and even older children far from carpets treated with synthetic chemicals.

But, in this day an age of quick fixes and proactive blocks toward any semblance of necessary maintenance, replacing naturally fibered carpet and furnishings for ones that require little, if any, maintenance has become a preferred choice, but one that may have adverse effects upon purchasers and users.

Stop to think about why doing laundry and cleaning makes a person tired. It is the chemicals breathed in and not the labored efforts.

Laser Printers are Bad Guys

Buildings occupied by many new high-tech laser printers may also be subject to a great deal of indoor air pollution causing sick building syndrome. Laser printers emit extremely minute particulates that can penetrate deeply into human lungs. This action usually occurs as the printer is operating.

Therefore, placing printers in their very own room with heavy filters to the building ventilation system is an important method for avoiding this type of air pollution. Laser printers in the home should not be located next to a workspace and, when possible, be isolated as they should be in a commercial office building.

Get Rid of the Cheap Stuff

Unfortunately, businesses attempting to save on start-up investments often go the cheap route purchasing furniture that is made from pressboard and other materials that eventually emit those noxious gases into the air that can cause users great harm.

The initial savings will easily be eaten up by lost work days and costly medical care. At home, after that hard day at the office suffering from sick building syndrome, people come home to rest on mattresses made from formaldehyde-urea foam that has been heavily sprayed with fire-retarding chemicals. Sleepers get to breathe these in all night.

Investing in natural substances and protecting against the body becoming inundated with high-tech chemicals is a great way to help prevent the onset of sick building syndrome.


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