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Offices could be damaging your health

More than 40% of the UK workforce suffers from work-related illness attributable to 'sick building syndrome', an NOP study has found.

The survey, released in association with the British Allergy Foundation (BAF) to mark its office allergy awareness day, highlights the health risks faced by office workers.

Symptoms often associated with stress are now being linked to the apparent emission of ozone from office equipment.

According to BAF research, sore eyes and throats, headaches and tiredness, may be caused by ozone from photocopiers, fax machines, printers and other office equipment, BBC Online reported today.

Workers are seemingly unaware of the invisible gas and potential health risks, including heightened symptoms for asthma sufferers.

Maureen Jenkins, nurse adviser for the British Allergy Foundation, told the BBC: ‘Over 90% of office workers don’t seem to be aware that there’s a problem within the office that could be causing the symptoms they complain of.’

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