Some people joke that they are allergic to work – but there may be more than a grain of truth in their claims, as the huge scale of Britain’s workplace allergy problems are revealed.
It is thought that a staggering 5.7 million people could be allergic to their workplace, suffering symptoms such as nasal and eye conditions, dry throats, breathing difficulties, lethargy, headaches and skin irritations.
Here are some tips to make the office healthier:
- Make sure heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are serviced regularly. If ventilation is limited, use a decent air purifier to reduce allergens like pollen, dust mite debris and mould spores
- Review carpets and furnishings – look for a floor covering that has an anti-allergy seal of approval
- Ensure that plants are regularly watered and the top soil removed regularly, to remove moulds
- Ban dirty and untidy desks – make sure all desks are wiped with a damp cloth twice a week at least and get the office cleaned frequently.
- If you have hay fever sufferers in the office, keep the windows closed for the first part of the morning and in the late afternoon
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day