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Does anyone get sick at work

Besides getting sick from germs. Anyone in the computer field feel sick when working in a room filled with computers? Is it the plastics that are "gassing" or silicone dust in the air, or the dust from the fans circulating in the room?

Or another example which I share with someone. When you enter your work, you fill sick. Something with the building is causing it. Tiles, type of paint ??

Anyone experience the same thing, or knows way to secretly test your work for such contaminates.
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Every once in a while, especially when I am printing heavily. The smell of toner makes me sick after a while .

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I worked a desk job for four years. Now if I enter a large room with a bunch of computers, that smell of plastic, stale air, and the sounds of consistent typing makes me feel sick. Probably because I hated the job with a passion. But no, I never felt sick when I was at work...unless I ate from the wheel of death (vending machine that contained hot pockets, tuna sandwiches, etc...)

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Besides getting sick from germs. Anyone in the computer field feel sick when working in a room filled with computers? Is it the plastics that are "gassing" or silicone dust in the air, or the dust from the fans circulating in the room?

Or another example which I share with someone. When you enter your work, you fill sick. Something with the building is causing it. Tiles, type of paint ??

Anyone experience the same thing, or knows way to secretly test your work for such contaminates.
At a few places I've had the air conditioning screw with me a little. When there a lot of computers in a room, most of which are semi-new, and they are putting out quite a lot of heat so the air conditioning is working in overdrive I tend to find the smell over the computers plus the hot and cold patches of air all over the room can be quite unpleasant. I could see myself possibly feeling sick if I had to spend most of my days working in a datacenter all day.
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This is why I love having freedom to drive/walk around on my job. I would go nuts sitting in a cubicle all day. I share cars with the other co-workers and all I can say about some of their hygiene habits is thank god for Lysol wipes.
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I get sick from being outside in this cold for 12 hours a day.
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Several years ago I got taken to the hospital after working in the Chase Bank datacenter near LA for a week. Something hit me HARD and I was out of commission for two days - couldn't eat at all. Never happened since then.

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Every once in a while, especially when I am printing heavily. The smell of toner makes me sick after a while .
There was an article that someone here at my work sent me...they were in a tizzy because they said that toner would make you ill if you were printing a lot in a small room.

You may want to google that, and sue your work.

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My desk shakes rattles and rolls all day from the 800 ton machine when it runs. IF the CNC machine runs a certain part all day, I get nauseas by the end of the day from the constant noise and ear plugs at the desk.
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i think its because the building i work in is from the 60s and the air system is original and im not sure if they change air filters often enough.


but i get an alergice reaction from work some times
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How long is your drive to work? The reason I ask is that you might be getting ill from prolonged carbon monoxide exposure in your car from an exhaust leak or something, (especially in the winter when all your windows are up) and as you are introduced to clean air your body is adjusting- just a thought. Its dangerous and eventually your blood wont be able to carry oxygen.

I ask because it happened to me years ago, and didnt know why until I had my blood tested...........went on for weeks...........its worth checking out since co2 mitigation by your body is a lengthy process.............I was having the same symptoms.

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I've wondered the same thing. I've been interested in testing the air quality at work as well. We have a lot of space - 20sq. ft. for 33 people, much of it is two open stories. It's all fancy interior and we have "glorified cubicles". No movable carpet walls. There's three kitchens, workout area, movie theater, a bar, blah blah blah.

The owners have designed a really beautiful space, but I've wondered plenty of times in the 6 years that I've worked here if the space is "healthy". It's a light industrial warehouse building, and there are no windows. Any time it's nice out and we try opening a door to let air in we get bitched at for screwing up the thermostats. The heating/cooling here is a NIGHTMARE - It'll be 80 degrees up in the owners office while I'm freezing my ass off in a 60 degree room with a cold breeze blowing down on me.

Anyway, what got me started wondering is that for the longest time, none of the women who worked here could get pregnant. I'm sure it was coincidence, but it made me wonder. We grew a bunch in the past couple years and since then, a ton of babies have happened, but I do feel sick all through winter. I never get the flu or anything really bad, but I just generally feel like shit. Tired, headachey and sniffly. No sunlight, no fresh air. I was my happiest and healthiest when I worked from home. I really want to get a daylight lamp, but don't want to spend the $200 for a good one.

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I may catch pneumonia in my office. It was 60 deg inside when I got in the office. It's now about 65.
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There was an article that someone here at my work sent me...they were in a tizzy because they said that toner would make you ill if you were printing a lot in a small room.

You may want to google that, and sue your work.
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The large network printers produce Ozone gas as they print large quanities. The manufactures of these printers call for a certain level of fresh air ventilation to mitigate this off-gassing. I use to oversee the build-out of new office space and never did facilities give it a passing thought, even after I pointed out the printers space requirements in the manual.
BTW, ozone gas is a corrosive gas that is a lung irritant.
Another thing that gets people is being under fluorescent fixtures all day. Look it up on Google, it's been a known problem for a long time, but damn are they energy efficient.

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sick building syndrome is a very common problem.
with computer rooms you have a constant battle with a large amount of AC needed and humidification that is need to keep the static down. this can lead to several problems. if the duct work is lined on the inside that can collect moisture form condensation or the humidifiers and casue mold and a bunch of other nasties to be constantly reciriculated. as stated before the lack of fresh outdoor air can lead to problems. it costs lots of money to cool and condition outside air so it can get reduced or eliminated leading to lots of potental health and comfort problems.

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Besides getting sick from germs. Anyone in the computer field feel sick when working in a room filled with computers? Is it the plastics that are "gassing" or silicone dust in the air, or the dust from the fans circulating in the room?

Or another example which I share with someone. When you enter your work, you fill sick. Something with the building is causing it. Tiles, type of paint ??

Anyone experience the same thing, or knows way to secretly test your work for such contaminates.
i feel like crap at work all the time. we have leaks in our ceiling and theres always water dripping from somewhere. luckily i got to a place where it doesnt get on me at all. but theres a cube that gets drenched. as a joke, someone put a name tag on it that says "oxide research lab" lol. but me n my secretary believe that theres a lot of mold around here. she has problems too along with a few others. feeling drained...scratchy voice...coughing...etc. i smoke so i always related it to that. but she doesnt smoke and has the same problems as me. i always noticed im better by the end of a weekend (she notices the same)...then it comes back when i go back to work. acutally when i was off for 3 weeks recovering from my accident i was 100% fine. and i was bored as fuck...smoking more than i normally smoke. my voice was better...no coughing. it came back within 2 days of being back.

we have let it be known that we think its a problem...but havent really pressed the issue.

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i feel shitty at work hearing this kid with a 40 song play list play the same shit all day long mon-fri, 9-5, since i started working here in january of 07. so a year now. i told him to get more music (id like it if he didnt play any music) and he never does and i cant wear headphones at work. i play my ipod through a shitty lil $10 speaker set but his music drowns mine out. and its obnoxious hearing two songs playing at the same time.

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another simple thing to look into is the refreash rate of your monitor if you like the old CRT's like my self. they can give you head aches
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i feel shitty at work hearing this kid with a 40 song play list play the same shit all day long mon-fri, 9-5, since i started working here in january of 07. so a year now. i told him to get more music (id like it if he didnt play any music) and he never does and i cant wear headphones at work. i play my ipod through a shitty lil $10 speaker set but his music drowns mine out. and its obnoxious hearing two songs playing at the same time.
Is it this song.
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i feel shitty at work hearing this kid with a 40 song play list play the same shit all day long mon-fri, 9-5, since i started working here in january of 07. so a year now. i told him to get more music (id like it if he didnt play any music) and he never does and i cant wear headphones at work. i play my ipod through a shitty lil $10 speaker set but his music drowns mine out. and its obnoxious hearing two songs playing at the same time.
I suggest buying some new speakers to save yourself the horror. Also introduce him to www.di.fm and get some internet radio happening
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Is it this song.
GOD DAMIT. now I'm sick from watching that crap thanks jerky!

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I don't get sick at work. I guess I'm lucky.

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I used to constantly have a minor sore throat at work until I put tape over the duct that was blowing air directly at me when I'm sitting at my desk.

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I used to constantly have a minor sore throat at work until I put tape over the duct that was blowing air directly at me when I'm sitting at my desk.
same here. i have a vent right above my desk. i brought in a small air purifier one time just to prove the air quality. it filled up real fast. i set the filter element on my bosses desk and said this is what we're breathing.

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