We have a large open-plan office with air conditioning. Staff members have been complaining that the air quality is “too dry” and that this is making them ill. What is the legal position on this and can dry air cause ill health?

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We have a large open-plan office with air conditioning. Staff members have been complaining that the air quality is “too dry” and that this is making them ill. What is the legal position on this and can dry air cause ill health?

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In artificial environments, such as in air-conditioned offices, the air may become too dry due to low humidity levels. Humidity is the concentration of water vapour in the air and is usually expressed as relative humidity (RH), measured as a percentage of the moisture that would completely saturate air at the existing temperature.

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