Is Your Office Making You Sick?

Germs and bacteria make you sick—but did you know your office can do the same? In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that up to 25 percent of buildings might be sick.

There’s even an official name for this; it’s called Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). Those buildings that have poor ventilation trap germs and gases inside the building, leading to symptoms including nausea, fatigue, odor sensitivity, and more.

SBS comes from a number of elements, including chemical sources—combustion, pesticides, asbestos—and indoor sources such as carpeting, fragrances, and cleaning agents. Biology also holds danger—those viruses that can’t get out of the building, stagnant water that holds contaminants such as molds.

There are a number of smaller strategies that can help to mitigate the effects of SBS. Cleanliness is exceedingly important; even a few live plants can help improve a work environment. For more ideas and helpful tips, use the information in this graphic.

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