Is my office building an allergy risk factor?

Sick of work? Many of us joke that we are. But some people literally become sick at their workplace, suffering from a condition called "sick building syndrome."

Why does this happen? Well, in an effort to cut costs and be eco-friendly through energy conservation, modern office buildings are built as tight as tombs, quite often with inadequate fresh air circulation. Therefore, allergens and irritants fill the air but have no place to go once they get in. Carpet-cleaning solvents leave irritating chemical residues. Particles in the air, like fiberglass, bother the eyes. Mold spores, freely circulating in moist, continually running air-conditioning units, irritate sensitive noses. And, if your co-workers have pets at their home, there might even be some animal dander floating freely in the atmosphere.

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