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Document ID (ISN)73199
CIS number 99-1140
ISSN - Serial title 0935-722X - Argus Journal
Year 1998
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Schmid W.
Title Does the sick building syndrome also occur in naturally ventilated buildings?
Original title Sick-Building-Syndrom auch bei Fensterlüftung? [in German]
Bibliographic information Mar. 1998, Vol.10, No.1-2, p.22-23. Illus.
Abstract Preliminary results of a questionnaire survey of 3,252 workers in 10 air-conditioned or naturally ventilated office buildings in Germany show that health complaints such as headache and irritation of the eyes and mucous membranes were voiced by employees in both types of office buildings. Between 22 and 55% of workers had complaints. Younger, less well-trained workers and those working on visual display terminals voiced complaints more frequently than others. Workers complained of too dry air and poor air quality, and measurements verified that humidity was low in both air-conditioned and naturally ventilated buildings. In 53 of 859 workplaces in which measurements were taken the carbon dioxide concentration was above 1000ppm. Most of these worklaces (51) were in naturally ventilated buildings. Topics: air conditioning; CRT display terminals; ergonomics; lighting; microclimate; natural ventilation; office work; qualifications; questionnaire survey; sick building syndrome.
Descriptors (primary) sick building syndrome; air conditioning; natural ventilation
Descriptors (secondary) lighting; visual display terminals; ergonomics; microclimate; questionnaire survey; qualifications; office work
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Heating, ventilation and climate
Broad subject area(s) General safety, health and conditions of work
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Sick building syndrome
Heating and air conditioning