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Ahmadi Orkomi A, Mirchi M. Sick building syndrome symptoms among staff in Razi hospital of Chalous, Mazandaran province. ijhe 2020; 13 (2) :227-238
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1- Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Faculty of Natural Resources, University of Guilan, Rasht, Iran , orkomi@guilan.ac.ir
2- Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Faculty of Natural Resources, University of Guilan, Rasht, Iran
Abstract:   (1320 Views)
Background and Objective: Since people spend a lot of time indoors, assessment of Sick Building Syndrome (SBS)is the first step to improve working and living conditions in closed environments. This study wasconducted to evaluate the SBS symptoms among staff in Razi Hospital of Chalous, to identify the affecting environmental parameters on these symptoms and to provide solutions to reduce the symptoms of SBS.
Materials and Methods: This descriptive-analytical study was conductedrandomly among 72 out of 240 hospital’s staff. Questionnaire MM040EA was used to collect demographic data, SBS symptoms and affecting environmental factors. Statistical analysis was carried out using Pearson’s Chi-squared test and Fisher's exact test in Excel software.
Results: 60% of people showed moderate to severe SBS symptoms. Fatigue, headache, and sneezing were the most common symptoms among staff, with 85%, 75%, and 63%, respectively. Significant correlation was observed between SBS symptoms and room temperature fluctuations (p <0.001), low ambient temperature (p = 0.037), unpleasant odor (p = 0.043) and gender (p = 0.011) with significance level of α=0.05.
Conclusion: Investigating the influence of work environmental related factors on the general symptoms of SBS as well as on fatigue, headache and sneezing symptoms showed room temperature fluctuation and unpleasant odor as the most important driving factors. These symptoms were mainly due to the improper air conditioning system operation at the hospital to control the temperature. Therefore, it is expected that the prevalence of SBS among staff can be reduced significantly by improving the ventilation system performance, especially in winter.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Air
Received: 2020/03/15 | Accepted: 2020/09/20 | Published: 2021/01/18

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