n Ergonomics SA : Journal of the Ergonomics Society of South Africa - Approaches to resolve indoor air quality and sick building syndrome complaints amongst office employees : research article

Volume 18, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1010-2728



The National Environmental Management Bill (no. 62 of 2002) and related legislation, inter alia, the Atmospheric Pollution Prevention Act, the Health Act, National Buildings Regulations and the Occupational Health and Safety Act were promulgated with a view to establish parameters for environmental management in South Africa. This legislation, although in its fledgling state, attempts to provide guidelines with respect to ambient air quality standards, and sets targets and objectives for reducing pollutant emissions. Notwithstanding the benefits of these statutory interventions, the enforcement and the concomitant prosecution of offenders appear problematic at present. This research explores a range of alternatives to address and resolve indoor air quality and sick building syndrome, and offers suggestions for collaborative efforts to improve the health, comfort and well-being of building occupants.

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