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Evidence of a relationship between office design and self-reports of ill health among office workers in the United Kingdom.

Hedge A, 1984
open plan layout | health | lighting | office building | sick building syndrome
Bibliographic info: J Arch Plan Res, Vol 1, 1984, pp 163-174, 9 figs, 2 tabs, refs.
Languages: English

Compares self reported health problems of employees in air conditioned open plan, non air conditioned open plan and conventional offices. The results showed overall that there is a significantly higher incidence of reported headaches among staff working in open plan offices compared with those in conventional offices. Problems of eye irritation and URT complaints are found to be most common among staff in open plan offices, but only when they are air conditioned and have poor daylight penetration. Women are the chief complainants. The problems are not strongly age dependent.


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