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Document ID (ISN)69330
CIS number 97-1178
ISSN - Serial title 0140-6736 - Lancet
Year 1997
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Redlich C.A., Sparer J., Cullen M.R.
Title Sick-building syndrome
Bibliographic information 5 Apr. 1997, Vol.349, No.9057, p.1013-1016. Illus. 24 ref.
Abstract The causes, symptoms and management of sick-building syndrome (SBS) are reviewed. The syndrome is associated with low-level exposure to chemical, physical and biological hazards in non-industrial indoor environments. It is characterized by non-specific symptoms including mucous-membrane irritation, neurotoxic effects, respiratory symptoms, skin symptoms, and chemosensory changes. While no single environmental factor or group of factors has been established as the single cause of SBS, two important features are air contaminants and ventilation. Assessment of building-related complaints involves occupational and environmental history and an evaluation of indoor air quality in the building.
Descriptors (primary) atmospheric pollution; sick building syndrome
Descriptors (secondary) symptoms; ventilation; diagnosis
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Air pollution
Environmental pollution
Sick building syndrome