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Sick building syndrome

Sick building syndrome is the name for symptoms you get while you're in a particular building. It usually happens in an office, but you can get it in any building.

Symptoms of sick building syndrome get worse the longer you're in a particular building and get better after you leave.

Other people in the building may also have symptoms.

Possible symptoms include:

Information:

These symptoms are common and can be caused by lots of things. They're unlikely to be a sign of sick building syndrome if you have them all the time, or when you're in lots of different places.

It might help to:

You can also get help and advice from:

The HSE has advice for employers and building managers on how to deal with sick building syndrome.

It's not clear exactly what causes sick building syndrome.

It's probably due to a combination of things, such as:

Sick building syndrome mostly happens in open-plan offices.