Sick Building Syndrome (SBS)

Published: | Updated: September 2, 2018

Definition - What does Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) mean?

Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) is the term used to describe health ailments that are related to time spent in a building, when no other diagnoses can be made. This sickness is a result of poor quality air in buildings, most commonly office blocks. The sufferer may spend prolonged periods in a single room or area, or this can condition can be the result of the atmosphere in an entire building.

Safeopedia explains Sick Building Syndrome (SBS)

The cause of SBS is often pinpointed to faults in the heating, air conditioning and/or ventilation units. Symptoms vary from migraines and fatigue to chest pain and trouble breathing. If you believe that you may be suffering from SBS, it is advised that you let your employer’s health and safety manager know. If there are several people throughout the building who are experiencing similar symptoms, it is the employer’s responsibility to investigate possible causes, such as dirty vents, and try their utmost to rectify the cause.

This definition was written in the context of HSE
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