Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
Architecture, Civil Engineering, Surveying
In two case-referent studies the associations between questionnaire symptom reports, expressed as SBS (Sick Building Syndrome) in office workers or facial skin symptoms among VDT-workers, and physical data from offices in 160 buildings were investigated. The results show that low outdoor airflow rate and presence of certain pollution sources, such as copying machines, tended to be associated with an elevated prevalence of SBS. Buildings built or remodeled between 1977 and 1986, low-rise buildings with a horizontal roof and a foundation of the type “concrete slab on the ground”, as well as rooms with flourescent tube lighting with metal shields were also associated with higher SBS risks. A number of factors were associated with an overrepresentation of skin symptoms among VDT-workers such as type of foundation (concrete slab on the ground and crawlspace), the frequency of floor cleaning and type of lighting (fluorescent tubes with glass/plastic shields). It has not been possible to establish conclusive explanations for these associations. The difference in associations between building factors and S B S, and between building factors and skin symptoms among VD Tworkers points to different etiologies.
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