Office work and respiratory and sick building syndrome symptoms

In a study published in the March 2007 edition of Occupational and Environmental Medicine researchers looked at the relations between exposure to carbonless copy paper, paper dust, and fumes from photocopiers and printers, and the occurrence of sick building syndrome related symptoms, chronic respiratory symptoms, and respiratory infections. The analysis from the random, population-based, cross-sectional study of office workers found a relation between exposures and a significantly increased risk of general symptoms (headache and fatigue). This study provides evidence that exposure to paper dust and fumes from photocopiers and printers is related to the risk of sick building syndrome symptoms, breathlessness, and upper respiratory infections. It also shows that exposure to carbonless copy paper increases the risk of eye symptoms, general symptoms, chronic respiratory symptoms, and some respiratory infections. To view an abstract of this study visit //tinyurl.com/2vv6q4.

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