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Sick Building Syndrome — Who is Responsible?


ISSN: 0263-2772

Article publication date: 1 July 1991


Sick Building Syndrome (SBS), which affects occupants of a building only whilst they are within its confines, is the subject of legal controversy regarding whose liability it is to put it right and eventually compensate the victims. Employers may not be solely responsible, as it is possible for the original designers/architects/builders to be held accountable where negligence can be proved. If an employer has done all that is reasonably practicable, even though failing to achieve a totally satisfactory solution, this would probably constitute a safe defence in law. However, the extent of an employer′s responsibility in this connection is still the subject of debate.



Tyler, M. and Brown, A. (1991), "Sick Building Syndrome — Who is Responsible?", Facilities, Vol. 9 No. 7, pp. 6-8.




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