ALLERGIES AT WORK: OFFICE RHINITIS

Causes of Office Rhinitis
Office rhinitis is occupational rhinitis caused by something in the office environment. The possible causes of office rhinitis are extensive. Common causes include inadequate ventilation of the workspace, cigarette smoke, chemical odors (cleaning agents, shampoos, insecticides, new furniture or carpeting), and indoor allergens, particularly dust mites and mold spores.
Sick Building Syndrome
A special word about this problem is in order. Since the mid-1960s there has been a trend in the construction of office buildings toward tighter buildings. These are buildings in which the natural flow of air is impeded and is replaced by the mechanical control of ventilation. The sealed windows, prefabricated components, reduced ventilation rates are characteristics of modern construction, which when coupled with the trapping of chemicals, particles, odors (including smoke), and common indoor allergens create an unhealthy environment for many workers.
Add to the above situation an event such as a fire, a water leak, the laying of new carpet, the shampooing of old carpet, the waxing of floors, etc., and many workers can become symptomatic. This is called Sick Building Syndrome, Tight Building Syndrome, or Building-Related Illness. Rhinitis symptoms as well as eye irritation, cough, chest tightness, headache, and malaise can occur. Often, the only remedy required is to improve the ventilation in the office spaces involved so that harmful particles and odors are better removed.
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ALLERGIES AT WORK: OFFICE RHINITISCauses of Office RhinitisOffice rhinitis is occupational rhinitis caused by something in the office environment. The possible causes of office rhinitis are extensive. Common causes include inadequate ventilation of the workspace, cigarette smoke, chemical odors (cleaning agents, shampoos, insecticides, new furniture or carpeting), and indoor allergens, particularly dust mites and mold spores.
Sick Building SyndromeA special word about this problem is in order. Since the mid-1960s there has been a trend in the construction of office buildings toward tighter buildings. These are buildings in which the natural flow of air is impeded and is replaced by the mechanical control of ventilation. The sealed windows, prefabricated components, reduced ventilation rates are characteristics of modern construction, which when coupled with the trapping of chemicals, particles, odors (including smoke), and common indoor allergens create an unhealthy environment for many workers.Add to the above situation an event such as a fire, a water leak, the laying of new carpet, the shampooing of old carpet, the waxing of floors, etc., and many workers can become symptomatic. This is called Sick Building Syndrome, Tight Building Syndrome, or Building-Related Illness. Rhinitis symptoms as well as eye irritation, cough, chest tightness, headache, and malaise can occur. Often, the only remedy required is to improve the ventilation in the office spaces involved so that harmful particles and odors are better removed.*23/322/5*

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