My Office Is Killing Me!: The Sick Building Survival Guide by Jeffrey C. May

By Jeffrey C. May

Micro organism and mildew may well lurk undetected in carpets or within the heating or cooling method of your place of work or college. whilst inhaled, the by-products of those organisms could cause hypersensitive reaction and bronchial asthma signs. Chemical vapors emitted by means of place of work furnishings and gear can also foul the air we breathe interior, inflicting complications, eye inflammation, or different signs. the following the writer of the best-selling My home is Killing Me! and co-author of the mildew Survival consultant turns his realization to indoor air caliber in public structures. mixing his vast expert event with medical causes, could is helping us see those structures during the eyes of a development scientist, microscopist, and natural chemist. He bargains a step by step method of settling on, controlling, and sometimes putting off the resources of indoor air toxins and allergens. no matter if it is a case of mould in an undemanding university or insufficient air flow in a high-rise place of work development, this priceless consultant can assist humans cope whilst the air they breathe interior is making them unwell. (1/04/2006)

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Solvent may be used in the processing. One of these solvents, xylene, emits the odor associated with vinyl products such as new shower curtains. Although some people find this odor irritating and even sickening, the odor usually dissipates in a few days. Styrene butadiene plastic, from which computer monitors are made, is another source of an irritating chemical-like odor. Some monitors smell and others do not; some lose the smell with time and others continue to off-gas for months. In offices where all the computer monitors come from a single lot, if the computers off-gas, the odor can be quite strong.

Some carpet manufacturers advertise their products as “hypoallergenic,” which I take to mean that the carpeting doesn’t support the growth of mold and bacteria. This label could be applied to just about any synthetic carpet, because nylon and polypropylene do not readily support microbial growth. On the other hand, any dust in the carpet is biodegradable and can be a source of nutrients for mold, bacteria, and yeast. 2. Wool cuticle (SEM 2,000×). This SEM (scanning electron micrograph) is a photograph of a wool hair magnified about 2,000 times.

2 The atmosphere is constantly carrying particles—some living, some that come from living things, some visible, some invisible—from one part of the Earth to another. These riders, gliders, floaters, and hitchhikers include pollen, mold spores, and spiders. Blue mold infects tobacco plants in Cuba, where the spores become airborne with wind and are then carried in the atmosphere over the Caribbean and the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the Gulf of Mexico, to the mainland of the United States. Tracking the invisible plumes of spores has been very important in helping to protect American tobacco crops from infection.

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