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Document ID (ISN)75417
CIS number 00-1319
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 1998
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Ooi P.L., Goh K.T., Phoon M.H., Foo S.C., Yap H.M.
Title Epidemiology of sick building syndrome and its associated risk factors in Singapore
Bibliographic information Mar. 1998, Vol.55, No.3, p.188-193. Illus. 30 ref.
Abstract The occurrence of sick building syndrome in a tropical city, and its relation to indoor air quality and other factors was investigated. 2,856 office workers in 56 randomly selected public and private sector buildings were surveyed. The study consisted of a self-administered questionnaire assessing symptoms and perception of the physical and psychosocial environment, inspection of the building plans and premises, and measurement of temperature, relative humidity, respirable particles, chemicals, bioaerosols and other variables. Symptoms typical of the sick building syndrome were reported in 19.6% of the respondents. Multivariate modelling substantiated contributions associated with low thermal comfort, high work related stress, too much noise, a history of allergy or other medical conditions, poor lighting, young employees and female sex. Measurements of indoor air quality or ventilation were not found to be reliable predictors of the symptoms.
Descriptors (primary) tropical climate; risk factors; sick building syndrome; Singapore
Descriptors (secondary) questionnaire survey; air sampling; stress factors; epidemiologic study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSingapore
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Sick building syndrome
Natural phenomena