Personal, Psychosocial and Environmental Factors Related to Sick Building Syndrome in Official Employees of Taiwan
AbstractSick building syndrome (SBS) is a combination of symptoms that can be attributed to exposure to specific building conditions. The present study recruited 389 participants aged 20–65 years from 87 offices of 16 institutions to examine if personal factors, work-related psychosocial stress, and work environments, were associated with five groups of SBS symptoms, including symptoms for eyes, upper respiratory tract, lower respiratory tract, skin, and non-specific systems. Indoor environmental conditions were monitored. Data were analyzed using multivariate logistic regression (MLR) analyses and were reported as adjusted Odds Ratios (aOR). SBS symptoms for eyes were associated with older age, sensitivity to tobacco, and low indoor air flow. Upper respiratory symptoms were related to smoking, low social support, longer work days, and dry air. High indoor air flow was associated with reduced upper respiratory symptoms (aOR = 0.29; 95% confidence interval (CI) = 0.13–0.67). Lower respiratory symptoms were associated with high work pressure, longer work hours, chemical exposure, migraine, and exposure to new interior painting. Recent interior painting exposure was associated with a high estimated relative risk of low respiratory symptoms (aOR = 20.6; 95% CI = 2.96–143). Smoking, longer work days, low indoor air flow, indoor dryness, and volatile organics exposure, were associated with other non-specified symptoms including headache, tiredness, difficulty concentrating, anger, and dizziness. In conclusion, there are various SBS symptoms associated with different personal characteristics, psychosocial, and environmental factors. Psychosocial factors had stronger relationships with lower respiratory symptoms than with other types of SBS symptoms. Good ventilation could reduce risk factors and may relieve SBS symptoms. View Full-Text
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Lu, C.-Y.; Tsai, M.-C.; Muo, C.-H.; Kuo, Y.-H.; Sung, F.-C.; Wu, C.-C. Personal, Psychosocial and Environmental Factors Related to Sick Building Syndrome in Official Employees of Taiwan. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 7.
Lu C-Y, Tsai M-C, Muo C-H, Kuo Y-H, Sung F-C, Wu C-C. Personal, Psychosocial and Environmental Factors Related to Sick Building Syndrome in Official Employees of Taiwan. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2018; 15(1):7.Chicago/Turabian Style
Lu, Chung-Yen; Tsai, Meng-Chuan; Muo, Chih-Hsin; Kuo, Yu-Hsien; Sung, Fung-Chang; Wu, Chin-Ching. 2018. "Personal, Psychosocial and Environmental Factors Related to Sick Building Syndrome in Official Employees of Taiwan." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 15, no. 1: 7.
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