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Is your workplace the cause of Sick Building Syndrome?

by , 07 August 2013
Do your employees feel sick at work but feel fine when they're at home? They might have Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). Work is where they spend most of their time so you need to make sure it's a healthy place to be. If you don't do something about it, they'll only get worse it'll lead to low productivity and high injury claims. But how do you know if your workplace is the cause of sick building syndrome? Keep reading to find out.


Take this quick quiz to find out if you can handle the DoL hot seat
  • Which risk assessments have to be checked by an approved inspector every two years?
  • Is it absolutely necessary for your company to appoint and train someone as a risk assessor?
  • When was the last time you did a risk assessment? (Is that too long?)
  • Have you checked and double checked the less obvious health hazards?
If you can't answer even one of these questions you're not only putting your employee's lives at risk; you're also putting yourself in danger of massive fine from the DoL.

Don't wait until it's too late.

Learn how to do your risk assessments correctly here.


Is your workplace the cause of Sick Building Syndrome?
To answer this question you need to conduct a Risk Assessment. It'll show you what hazards are in your workplace that'll cause SBS and how you can prevent it.
Some of the hazards that cause SBS are poor lighting in the office e.g. inadequate lighting in workplaces can cause red, dry eyes. Air conditioning issues e.g. stuffy air and poor ventilation can cause headaches – which is also a symptom of SBS. But, there are three more hazards that you must be aware of that I haven't mentioned here. The Health & Safety Advisor shows you:
  • Five factors that can make your office unhealthy
  • How to design a healthy and safe working environment
  • Top tips to fix the hazards that can cause your employees to get sick
  • And much more...
So to get you started, here's three areas you can check to prevent SBS in your workplace.


Three areas you must check to prevent SBS
  1. Check the general cleanliness of the building - Make sure vacuum cleaners, air filters, humidifiers and air-cons are working properly. Your employees will breathe in this polluted air and it'll make them very sick.
  2. Make sure cleaning materials are used and stored correctly. Sometimes the fumes from cleaning products can make your employees sick. Even the smell of paint can start a reaction!
  3. Check heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system maintenance schedules. When was the last time they were checked? Is the schedule followed properly? Find out when a replacement is due. When you use old appliances, they won't work very well which means you're still at risk of poor air quality!
When you've checked these areas, ask your employees if they still feel sick when they come to the office. A regular Risk Assessment will keep you and your employees free from SBS!
Keep safe,
Miriro Matema
Managing Editor: Health and Safety Training Manual
P.S. Have you done a risk assessment lately? Don't put your employees' lives at risk. Get the Risk Assessment Toolkit now!


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