A recent query on office humidity answered by the British Safety Council’s member Information Service.

A member of staff has complained of suffering from sore eyes and says this is due to the dry atmosphere in the office. Can a dry environment cause this and what can we do to improve the situation?

A dry office environment is normally caused by low humidity levels, and a common complaint associated with low humidity is sore eyes, or dehydration of the cornea, caused by a combination of high temperature and low humidity. Research has also shown that the increased concentration required while operating display screen equipment reduces the blink-rate, which means the eye is moistened less often.

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