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How poor ventilation is making your employees ill

In 2013/14, an estimated 1.2 million people in the UK suffered from an illness they believed was caused by work.

You wake up in the morning, you feel well. You get to work and you sneeze and cough all day. Do you ever feel like your place of work is making you ill? Well, it’s possible that it may well be.

Work-induced illness is fairly easy to identify: you feel worse as the day goes on and it eases when you leave the building. This is due to air that has a build-up of pollutants through a lack of fresh air entering the building.

There are many reasons why you may feel under the weather when you set foot into work. However, one of the main reasons is poor quality air.

Employees spend typically eight hours or more a day at work. Breathing in poor air can have a negative impact on the body which can include:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Respiratory illness

The air in busy premises is at risk from inadequate ventilation. Ventilation systems can bring in more polluted air if there is not enough pure fresh air coming from outside – in fact, it can actually bring in more contaminated air. Poor air can also make premises hot, stuffy and unbearable to work in – which no one benefits from.

If employees’ symptoms of feeling unwell have been caused by poor ventilation, it’s important to allow fresh air to move through the building. This provides a comfortable and healthy working environment for everyone and helps prevent workplace illness.

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