Can Work Make You Sick? Yes!March 22nd, 2016 Posted by creedla Environment, Environmental News, Green Construction No Comment yet
Before anyone says something to their boss that they’ll later regret, it’s not what you think. Called Sick Building Syndrome (SBS), it has become a recognized health condition that results in acute health issues for approximately 25% of all workers in the U.S. annually. Symptoms include irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat; nausea; and fatigue. SBS typically stems from these indoor sources, but can include others:
- Biological contaminants: Bacteria, mold, and viruses are highly prevalent contaminants found throughout the workplace and their presence may not just be the result of dirty or unsanitary areas.
- Chemical contaminants: Emissions from furniture, carpeting, copy machines, and even general cleaning supplies can introduce volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) and particulate matter (PM) into the air.
- Inadequate building ventilation: Our quest for energy-efficient buildings resulted in airtight structures with sealed windows no longer open. Therefore, these structures must rely on the HVAC system for all air-handling duties.
The Coalition for Responsible Equitable Economic Development (CREED LA) proudly supports environmentally-responsible construction projects throughout Los Angeles that not only have a positive impact on the local community, but support LA’s working families as well.
CREED LA fights to ensure that developers pay fair wages to all the hard working construction professionals throughout the industry while simultaneously providing them with quality health care, continued training, and trustworthy retirement plans.