Those who have spent years dealing with indoor air quality issue already know the primary indicator of a sick or toxic building. When workers are complaining of feeling worse at work than anywhere else, the problem may be a toxic building.
It need not be all workers are complaining, but that a few are feeling the impact of a toxic environment, and that doesn't mean hostile behavior. Statistics tell us that about 30% of the workforce are impacted by conditions that the other 70% can ignore .. at least for now.
So, the Department of Labor suggests that every employer conduct a simple survey that will determine if further testing is required.
The real value is that sick or suffering employees cannot do the work as effectively as healthy employees. Therefore, an IAQ problem will increase sick days, medical claims, and even impact worker attitudes. In bad cases, serious claims may lead to governmental intrusion, fines, or lead to litigation problems.
Why let it get that far when a simple survey conducted by a local IAQ Specialist could not only detect hidden, potential IAQ threats; but could provide a simple process to solve those threats before they get worse?