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The Sick Building Syndrome SBS
by Samantha McCulloch

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A timekeeper was called in to offer her assessment of the building’s ill health. ‘The sick building syndrome’ she said ‘comprises of various nonspecific symptoms that occur in the occupants of a building that suffers from an acute lack of time’. The timekeeper was a thin woman with a pallid skin, a well maintained bob and impeccable clothes, a doctor of temporal maladies and disjunctions. She explained to the chemists, ‘This feeling of ill health increases sickness absenteeism and causes a decrease in productivity. The sick building syndrome (SBS) is used to describe a situation in which the occupants of a building experience acute health- or comfort-related effects that seem to be linked directly to the time spent in the building.’ She added ‘No specific illness or cause can be identified. The complainants may be localized in a particular room or zone or may be widespread throughout the building.’