Symptom definitions for SBS (sick building syndrome) in residential dwellings

Bing Ling Wang, Tomoko Takigawa, Yukie Yamasaki, Noriko Sakano, Da Hong Wang, Keiki Ogino

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Abstract

The potential risk factors for sick building syndrome (SBS) in newly built dwellings were investigated. Two different definitions for SBS were used, a narrow definition (symptoms related to home environment and continuously occurring in the last 3 months were regarded as positive) and another relatively broad definition (symptoms related to home environment and either continuously or sporadically occurring in the last 3 months were regarded as positive). With both definitions indoor air chemicals, especially TVOC, and high stress during work were found to be significantly associated with SBS symptoms. Allergic history was more associated with narrow-sense symptoms and odor perception with broad-sense symptoms. The results indicate that the broad definition be preferred to find more potential risk factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-120
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
Volume211
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 12 2008

Keywords

  • Fungus-like odor
  • Indoor air quality
  • New homes
  • Odor perception
  • Sick building syndrome
  • TVOC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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