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Title: Toxic Office: Is Your Workplace Making You Sick?


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Toxic Offices
  • Is Your Workplace Silently Making You Sick

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Is Your Office Toxic?
  • If you think your office environment is a clean,
    safe place to work in
  • And the only toxins youll encounter are your own
    colleagues
  • It might be time to think again
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    om/toxic-office/

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Is Your Office Toxic?
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and
    Health (NIOSH) has seen investigations involving
    office toxins dramatically grow.
  • In 1980, 6 of all cases
  • In 1992, 42 of all cases
  • In 2013 80-90 of all cases

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Sick Building Syndrome
  • Sick building syndrome (SBS) is a situation in
    which building occupants experience acute health
    problems that appear to be linked to time spent
    in a building.
  • Sick Building Syndrome can be caused by
  • Inadequate ventilation and poor indoor air
    quality
  • Chemical contaminants from indoor or outdoor
    sources
  • Biological contaminants.

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Sick Building Syndrome
  • WHO classifies approximately 30 new office
    buildings as sick.
  • U.S. companies could save as much as 58 billion
    annually by preventing sick-building illnesses
    and an additional 200 billion in worker
    performance improvements by creating offices with
    better indoor air

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Beware of the Air You Breathe
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A Different Kind of Virus on Your Computer
  • Percentage of the office surfaces tested and
    found to have high levels of germ contamination
  • 75 of break room sink faucet handles
  • 48 of microwave door handles
  • 27 of keyboards
  • 26 of refrigerator door handles
  • 23 of water fountain buttons
  • 21 of vending machine buttons

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A Different Kind of Virus on Your Computer
  • The average desk has 400 times more bacteria than
    a toilet bowl, and is about 100 times more than
    the average kitchen table.
  • The office desk 10 million bacteria per sq inch.
  • Desktop surface 20,961 bacteria per sq inch
  • Telephones 25,127 bacteria per sq inch
  • PC Keyboards 3,295 bacteria per sq inch
  • PC Mouse 1,676 bacteria per sq inch
  • Office Toilet seat 49 bacteria per sq inch

9
Chemical Overload in Computers
  • The list of toxic components in computers
  • Lead cadmium in computer circuit boards
  • Cadmium in computer batteries
  • Hexavalent Chromium on steel plates
  • Lead oxide Barium in Cathode ray tubes
  • Brominated flame-retardants (BFRs) in printed
    circuit boards, cables and plastic casing.
  • Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVCs) in copper cables and
    plastic computer casings
  • Mercury in switches and flat panel screens

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Chemical Overload in Computers
  • The list of toxic components in computers
  • Lead cadmium in computer circuit boards
  • Cadmium in computer batteries
  • Hexavalent Chromium on steel plates
  • Lead oxide Barium in Cathode ray tubes
  • Brominated flame-retardants (BFRs) in printed
    circuit boards, cables and plastic casing.
  • Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVCs) in copper cables and
    plastic computer casings
  • Mercury in switches and flat panel screens

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The Worst Brands
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Sick Workers- Impact of a toxic office
  • It can take up to 7.2 years to get rid of some
    toxins accumulated in a human body.
  • 64 million Americans or approximately 50 of the
    workforce complain of SBS style symptoms. 23 of
    those 64 million report that their symptoms
    improve after leaving their work environment.

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Short Term Impacts
  • The commonest short term work-related effects
  • Lethargy- 57
  • Blocked nose- 47
  • Dry throat- 46
  • Headache- 43
  • Itching eyes- 28
  • Dry eyes 27
  • Runny nose 23
  • Flu like symptoms- 23
  • Difficulty in breathing-9
  • Chest tightness- 9

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Long Term Impacts
  • Some Long Term effects include
  • Cancer
  • Liver damage
  • Kidney damage
  • Nervous system failure or coma
  • Fluid in the lungs
  • Memory loss
  • Asthma
  • Circulatory collapse
  • Genetic changes and Birth defects
  • Blindness

15
What You Can Do to Detoxify Your Office
  • Go Green Put plants around your desk to absorb
    toxins and clean the air
  • Go for a Walk Open windows and take regular
    breaks outside in the fresh air (not in the car
    park surrounded by pollutants)
  • Cleanse Your Body Go on a cleansing diet to help
    the body remove harmful toxins
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What You Can Do to Detoxify Your Office
  • Chemical-Free Cleaning Products Ask your
    cleaners to use natural, toxin-free cleaning
    products
  • Wipe Clean Use sanitizing wipes to clean your
    hands and equipment
  • Throw Out Old Computers Old equipment leaks more
    toxins
  • Clean the air Ensure the HVAC units are
    well-maintained and cleaned regularly

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Find Out More
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