Thursday, August 16, 2007

Phrase of the Day: sick house syndrome

It amazing the things I learn with my job. We did some translation for a company named Barn Pros. They are expanding to Japan and need a PPT Deck translated for a presentation. While doing QA (Quality and Assurance) on some questions that were sent them from Japan. I came across this term. It is real and it cracks me up. Sounds like SBS is generic enough that you could blame anything on it.

The term "sick building syndrome" (SBS) is used to describe situations in which building occupants experience acute health and comfort effects that appear to be linked to time spent in a building, but no specific illness or cause can be identified. The complaints may be localized in a particular room or zone, or may be widespread throughout the building. In contrast, the term "building related illness" (BRI) is used when symptoms of diagnosable illness are identified and can be attributed directly to airborne building contaminants.


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