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Forbo Helps Combat Work Fever

Forbo Flooring Systems has partnered with Allergy UK to produce a comprehensive report, ‘Work Fever’, focusing on the prevalence of indoor allergies within the work environment, to support the charity’s promotion of healthy indoor environments.

Allergy UK carried out the research amongst office workers - primarily allergy sufferers - to establish how commonplace ‘work fever’ is and estimates that at least 5.7 million people in the UK could be allergic to their workplace.

From nasal problems, eye conditions, dry throats, breathing difficulties, lethargy, headaches and skin irritations; 95 per cent of those questioned had experienced one or more of these symptoms in the office, but alarmingly, over half of the group surveyed had experienced an allergic reaction whilst at work.

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Currently, the UK is one of the top three countries in the world for the highest instances of allergy with over 21 million UK adults suffering from some kind of allergic reaction. One of the common causes of asthma and allergies is the exposure to dust mites in soft furnishings and carpets.

The survey revealed that cleaning of offices is infrequent and does not appear adequate enough to prevent the build up of house dust mites and allergens, with 37 per cent reporting their office is cleaned just once a week or less. With 20 per cent of respondents spending eight hours or more at work, the combination of visibly dusty and cluttered desks, soft furnishings, poorly vacuumed carpets and a lack of ventilation is not conducive to a healthy working environment.

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Home Fever is the New Hay Fever

With Allergy UK predicting at least 12 million people are allergic to their own home, an out of season hay fever, dubbed as ‘home fever’, (Perennial Allergic Rhinitis) by Allergy UK is on the increase with more and more sufferers coming forward.
Research by Allergy UK found 58% of allergy sufferers react to house dust mites. Closing doors and windows and turning the heating up creates a breeding ground for these microscopic creatures.
But it’s not just dust that causes problems; 31% of sufferers are allergic to mould, and 45% of sufferers say their allergy is triggered by pets. On top of that the chemicals in cleaning products cause a reaction in over 30% of sufferers.

Read the full Allergy UK Home Fever Report

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