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Document ID (ISN)107435
CIS number 07-1323
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Niemelä R., Seppänen O., Korhonen P., Reijula K.
Title Prevalence of building-related symptoms as an indicator of health and productivity
Bibliographic information Oct. 2006, Vol.49, No.10, p.819-825. 37 ref.
Abstract The prevalence of building-related symptoms (BRSs) is commonly used to characterize the indoor air quality in office buildings. The objective of this study was to evaluate the relationship between BRSs and productivity. A first step consisted of identifying published studies that measured simultaneously the prevalence or intensity of BRS and subjectively reported or objectively measured productivity. In addition, two office environments were evaluated, namely a call centre and in an insurance office, in which productivity was assessed using several metrics. The review of 23 studies suggests that a linkage exists between typical BRS and productivity indicators such as work performance or absence from work. Quantitative associations between BRS and productivity were further confirmed in two evaluated office environments.
Descriptors (primary) work efficiency; symptoms; risk factors; sick building syndrome; office work
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; sickness absenteeism; Finland
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Office work
Sick building syndrome