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Sick Building Syndrome

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This is an introduction to some of the resources that may be helpful in your research.  We’d be happy to assist you with additional materials available at the State Library.  Please call us at 860-757-6500 or email us at

Sick Building Syndrome describes situations where building occupants experience acute health effects that appear to be linked to time spent in a building, but no specific illness or cause can be identified.  Associated terms used in researching Sick Building Syndrome are “Indoor Environmental Quality” or “Indoor Air Quality”

State Library Resources

The State Library has extensive resources available in paper, microform and/or online formats.  For a listing of those resources related to sick building syndrome, search our online catalog using the following subjects :

Sick Building Syndrome
Indoor Air Pollution


Full-text of the following sampling of publications is available through our online catalog :

Health of Building at 25 Sigourney Street, by Ryan O’Neil, Office of Legislative Research, 2005.

Legal Authority to Dismiss State Workers in “Sick Building” Situations, by John Moran, Office of Legislative Research, 2005.

Environmental Health Problems at 25 Sigourney Street, by Kevin E. McCarthy, Office of Legislative Research, 2002.

Healthy Buildings, Healthy People, a Vision for the 21st Century, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2001.
Also available in microfiche.  [CSL Call Number Federal Documents EP 4.2:H34/3]

These publications are a sampling of those available in paper and/or microform format at the State Library :

My office is killing me! : the sick building survival guide, by Jeffrey C. May, 2006.  [CSL Call Number RA577.5 .M39 2006]  Table of Contents available online.

Manual on Indoor Air Quality. Richard C. Diamond and David T. Grimsrud, 2005. [CSL Call Number TD883.1 .M3 2005]

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Electronic Journals

Use your public or State Library card barcode to access where you’ll find full text journal and newspaper articles.

The State Library subscribes to an extensive variety of electronic journals, which are only accessible through public terminals at the State Library.  Our Electronic Journals page details the titles and available dates. When you visit the Library, we’ll be glad to show you how to search the electronic journal collection by subject.  Pertinent titles with information on sick building syndrome include:

Archives of Environmental Health
Environmental Health Perspectives
Heating/Piping/Air Conditioning Engineering
New England Journal of Medicine
Occupational Hazards


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Related Agencies/Organizations

The American Lung Association posts information on Sick Building Syndrome at their site.

The Indoor Air Quality Association promotes uniform standards, procedures and protocols in the air quality industry. 

Indoor Air Pollution: An Introduction for Health Professionals is posted at the  Consumer Product Safety Commission site.

The Environmental Protection Agency has posted Indoor Air Facts no. 4 (revised), Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) that explores causes, solutions, and investigative procedures. 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) page on Indoor Air Quality outlines the standards that apply to indoor air quality, how to recognize poor indoor air quality and how to evaluate and control it in the workplace.

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Prepared by the Government Information and Reference Services Unit, page revised 11/2008.