“Workers are often concerned that they have symptoms or health conditions from exposures to contaminants in the buildings where they work,” reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If you experience respiratory symptoms when you’re at work, your office could have an air quality problem. Here’s how you can tell:
1. Symptoms occur at work and disappear when you go home
This is a telltale sign that your building’s indoor air quality is suffering. Common complaints include headaches, fatigue, cough and asthma. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, talk to your doctor.
2. Check temperature, humidity and air flow
Your employer will need to perform a number of tests in order to identify an indoor air quality problem, says the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). First off, temperature, humidity and air flow should be measured. Other things that should be checked include:
- HVAC system
- Water damage
- Pest droppings
- Standing water
- Asbestos testing
3. Contact an OSHA office
If your doctor has verified that your symptoms are due to indoor air pollution, you have a right to get in touch with OSHA. Send a written request for a workplace inspection. You can do this anonymously if need be.