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  A. Getting Sick Of The Office ... Literally

Narrator: This is Science Today. The office you work in may be making you sick. Edward Arens (ARE-ONS), the director of the University of California at Berkeley’s Center for the Built Environment says the symptoms relating to what’s called sick building syndrome, vary.

Arens: It goes everywhere ... from tired to headaches, eyestrain, and then some people just feel allergenic, asthmatic, and those could be due to particles in the air or dust that’s on the surfaces.

Narrator: Arens and his colleagues, including a computerized mannequin, are working with several corporations to figure out what can be done to reduce stressors which may cause this sickness.

Arens: You can provide heating and ventilating systems that are more responsive to the people that are in the building. You can have better filters, but you can also clean the building and maintain the building better and we’re not just thinking about designing new buildings, we’re also talking about operating procedures that you could use to maintain the building.

Narrator: The end result, Arens says, may led to healthier employees. For Science Today, I’m Larissa Branin.