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Document ID (ISN)68399
CIS number 97-127
ISSN - Serial title 0959-8146 - British Medical Journal
Year 1996
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Appleby P.H.
Title ABC of work related disorders: Building related illnesses
Bibliographic information Sept. 1996, Vol.313, p.674-677. Illus. 4 ref.
Abstract Information note on building-related illnesses, sometimes referred to as sick building syndrome (SBS)., a term used to describe a situation where more than the expected number of people working in a building suffer from various symptoms for no apparent reason. These symptoms are those associated with common illnesses and allergies, usually in a mild form. There is no single known cause of the syndrome, but several risk factors related to work, buildings and the environment have been identified. SBS not only occurs in office buildings, but has been identified in schools, nurseries, libraries and apartment buildings as well. Common indoor air pollutants and their sources are described. In some workplaces airborne allergens may be involved. Two other kinds of bacterial agents involved in SBS are: actinomycetes, to which outbreaks of humidifier fever are attributed, and Legionella implicated in flu-like illnesses (legionnaires' disease and Pontiac fever). Some suggestions for prevention are made.
Descriptors (primary) allergens; legionellosis; environmental pollution; work in confined spaces; sick building syndrome; air conditioner disease
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey
Document type F - Information notes, codes of practice, standards
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Pneumoconioses
Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Confined spaces
Environmental pollution
Sick building syndrome