Forbo Flooring Systems has partnered with Allergy UK to produce a comprehensive report, ‘Work Fever’, focusing on the prevalence of indoor allergies within the work environment, to support the charity’s promotion of healthy indoor environments.
Allergy UK carried out the research amongst office workers – primarily allergy sufferers – to establish how commonplace ‘work fever’ is and estimates that at least 5.7 million people in the UK could be allergic to their workplace.
From nasal problems, eye conditions, dry throats, breathing difficulties, lethargy, headaches and skin irritations; 95 per cent of those questioned had experienced one or more of these symptoms in the office, but alarmingly, over half of the group surveyed had experienced an allergic reaction whilst at work.
Maureen Jenkins, Director of Clinical Services, Allergy UK says: “The results are of concern for Allergy UK because it is difficult for individuals to exercise the same control over their workplace as they would do at home. Management of allergies becomes increasingly difficult when in communal spaces, so it’s not surprising that a great deal of allergy sufferers have experienced a reaction at work.”