Sick Building Syndrome


How to Clean and Disinfect Buildings that appear to have “Sick Building Syndrome”

The Environmental Protection Agency (Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has defined the terms “Sick building Syndrome” (SBS) as situations in which building occupants experience acute health and discomfort that appears to be linked to time spent in a building, but where no specific illness or cause can be identified. Usually, an additional way of determining whether SBS exists is to ascertain that the intensity of the symptoms disappear when occupants are away from the building. Listed below are suggestions which eliminate this syndrome to stop or reduce further illness in your building.

Cleaning and Disinfecting are part of the overall approach to eliminate Sick Building Syndrome.

1. Know the difference between cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing.

a. Cleaning removes germs, dirt and other impurities from surfaces or objects. Cleaning is simply using soap, detergent and water to remove topical pathogens from surfaces. You aren't really destroying germs, but it does lower numbers of unhealthy agents around you.

b. Sanitizing lowers the number of pathogens on a surface to a safe level. Sanitizing is often said to be a 'kill' of 99.9% of germs within 1 minute.  

c. Disinfecting destroys 99.999% of germs. See for information about SNiPER, an incredible disinfecting product. Applied as directed, EPA registered SNiPER is a Hospital Disinfectant  that will kill pathogens that cause illness, but it will do so without leaving your building a toxic place.  

2. Clean and Disinfect surfaces and objects that are touched often.

a. Follow all standard policies of your company, These should include:

i. Daily sanitizing with SNiPER for door knobs, computer keyboards, faucet handles, drinking fountains, phones,

ii. Disinfect toilets, wash basins, countertops etc. with SNiPER daily.

iii. If a surface is visibly soiled, clean with SNiPER at once, and dry with a clean paper or cloth towel.

b. Read SNiPER labels to correctly kill germs and pathogens. Note the EPA Registration on the label.

c. Remove any leftover food that may allow germs and bacteria to grow and spread disease.

d. Handle waste properly, including wearing gloves if the waste is messy.

Biological Contaminants:

Dander, dandruff, molds, dust mites and other biologicals are carried by animals and people into and throughout buildings. Eventually they, along with stagnant water accumulating in ductwork and drain pans, or where obvious signs of mold/mildew are present (stains on ceiling tiles, in carpeting, or on insulation, will continue to grow and spread unwanted, dangerous pathogens that can make people ill.

Engage a reputable Duct Work Cleaning Service to completely inspect and thoroughly clean ducts with Nok-Out.

This protocol provides application instructions to decontaminate and resolve the pollutants that may be causing sick building syndrome.

In conclusion, when employees develop unexplained and recurring illnesses, their productivity goes down, and absences will rise due to health problems. Even after a complete assessment of air in the building which shows no contamination, air is only one indicator of a healthy working space.

It is wise to continue to search for and eliminate a problem so that workers can be industrious and healthy.

SNiPER is a good solution to Sick Building Syndrome. Evidence continues to mount that as a biocide, a mildicide, a low-toxicity disinfectant, it has the formula that does not contribute to Sick Building Syndrome.

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