Most of the time, indoor air quality can be resolved relatively easily and cheaply. If you are experiencing symptoms that you think may be related to your office building, the experts recommend that you record the symptoms, what day and time of day they occur, and whether they resolve when you leave the building. Share this information with building management: Both NIOSH and the EPA have air quality guidelines that building owners and managers can follow to improve conditions.
NIOSH can conduct investigations of potential health hazards at the request of employees or employers. Also check out your office space to see if furniture, books or files are blocking air vents. The EPA also advises that people comply with the building smoking policy, store food properly, dispose of garbage and clean up any water spills.
Americans spend up to 90-percent of their time indoors and much of that time at work. Attention to air quality, the EPA representative says, can help ensure that people are as comfortable as possible at work and at home.