If you have never heard of sick building syndrome, it’s important to know that if the building in which you work is sick, it can make you ill as well.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes sick building syndrome and notes that the occupants of a “sick” building can experience acute comfort and health effects. The symptoms people in one of these buildings experience appear connected to how much time they spend in the environment.
What are some symptoms associated with sick building syndrome?
As with many other environmental ailments, the symptoms of this syndrome vary. Some recognized symptoms include:
- Frequent headaches
- Eye, nose and throat irritation
- A persistent dry cough
- Trouble with concentration
- Dry and itchy skin
- Sensitivity to odors
- Dizziness and nausea
- More fatigue than usual
A notable element of sick building syndrome involves the relief of your symptoms shortly after leaving the building.
Does workers’ comp pay for sick building syndrome treatment?
If you can prove you have the syndrome, then the program will likely cover your condition. Your first step is to speak with a doctor about your symptoms to rule out other possible causes. If your doctor diagnoses you with the syndrome, your next step is to notify your employer and file a workers’ comp claim.
You should understand that it may prove challenging to have your claim approved, even with a diagnosis. Finding others in your work environment with similar symptoms could improve your chances of approval. A potential benefit of filing a claim for sick building symptoms is that your employer may address the condition of your work environment.
It is also wise to learn more about the syndrome and California’s workers’ compensation laws.