Allergic to Your Workplace? You Are Not Alone!

May 11, 2016

Do you suspect your workplace air may be the cause of your allergy symptoms? Have you caught yourself falling asleep at your desk as a result of allergy symptoms or medications? You are not alone. Allergies are the #2 cause for missed days at work for adults. In addition to being a top reason for employees taking sick days, allergies are also responsible for decreased productivity on the job.

Managing allergies at work may be challenging, especially if you are unsure of what is causing your symptoms to flare up. The easiest way to identify the cause of your symptoms is to see an allergist and get tested. Identifying the root of your symptom flare ups is the first step in minimizing your exposure to the airborne pollutants triggering your allergic reactions. Mold, mildew, pet dander, and chemical pollutants are commonly found in office air.

Controlling your environment at home in order to minimize your exposure to allergens may be easier than addressing concerns about your workplace air with management. However, if you find that you experience symptoms more often at work, odds are that your symptoms are being triggered by office air pollution.

Most large and newer office buildings are equipped with air filtration systems that use high efficiency filters to minimize the amount of allergens and pollutants circulating through the ventilation system. Older and smaller offices may not have adequate ventilation. Offices with carpeting and limited access to fresh air tend to collect higher amounts of pollen, dander, and other office air pollutants.

A portable HEPA filtration unit may provide some relief if you have your own office. Opening windows and doors will also help ventilate the air in your office. Once you determine your office air is most likely to blame for your allergy symptoms, it is time to address your concerns with management. Suggest an Office Air Test to identify the contaminants present in your office air. Not only will this test provide you with a list of chemical pollutants present in your workplace air, it will alert you to unhealthy levels of these pollutants.

Chemical fumes from cleaning products, office flooring and furniture, air fresheners, and office equipment can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms resulting in more serious respiratory problems. Repeated exposure to these chemicals can lead to severe health problems. An Office Air Test will help management identify these threats so proper measures can be taken to remediate them.