Influence of personal characteristics, job-related factors and psychosocial factors on the sick building syndrome. Danish Indoor Climate Study Group

Scand J Work Environ Health. 1989 Aug;15(4):286-95. doi: 10.5271/sjweh.1851.


The influence of personal characteristics, life-style, job-related factors, and psychosocial work factors on symptoms of the sick building syndrome was investigated in Greater Copenhagen, Denmark. The buildings were not characterized beforehand as "sick" or "healthy." Of the 4369 employees sent a questionnaire, 3507 returned them. Multivariate logistic regression analyses of the multifactorial effects on the prevalence of work-related mucosal irritation and work-related general symptoms among the office workers showed that sex, job category, work functions (handling of carbonless paper, photocopying, work at video display terminals), psychosocial factors of work (dissatisfaction with superiors or colleagues and quantity of work inhibiting job satisfaction) were associated with work-related mucosal irritation and work-related general symptoms, but these factors could not account for the differences between the buildings as to the prevalence of the symptoms. The building factor (i.e., the indoor climate) was strongly associated with the prevalence of the symptoms.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Building Codes
  • Climate*
  • Fatigue / etiology*
  • Female
  • Headache / etiology*
  • Housing
  • Humans
  • Job Satisfaction*
  • Life Style
  • Male
  • Microclimate*
  • Middle Aged
  • Nausea / etiology*
  • Occupational Diseases / epidemiology
  • Occupational Diseases / etiology*
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Factors
  • Syndrome