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Employee illness costs businesses £554 per employee annually

The cost of employee absences resulting from illness is estimated to be £554 per worker, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

The CIPD’s 2015 report was quoted in an Energy in Buildings & Industry article (‘Is it worth the energy?’ – September 2016) on workplace humidity and also found that the average level of employee absence in the UK is just short of seven days per year, with the main cause being short-term illnesses such as colds and flu.

The link between indoor air quality (IAQ) and the health of building occupants has received greater recognition this year, following a joint study from the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health that found poor IAQ to be responsible for around 99,000 deaths across Europe during 2012.

Countermeasures to the growing IAQ issue exist in the form of ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) systems such as those offered by Gibbons Ultraviolet Solutions. Gibbons, in partnership with BioZone Scientific International, design, supply and install state-of-the-art UVGI systems for an extensive range of buildings, including schools, offices, food production facilities, hotels, restaurants and hospitals.  

These innovative systems use ultraviolet-C (UVC) light to eliminate bacteria, mould, viruses and other contaminants from both the air and surfaces, with continued use preventing re-growth.

Gibbons’ systems are chemical free, quick and easy to install, require minimal maintenance and offer a quick return on investment. Meanwhile, by actively promoting employee health and wellbeing, employers may reduce staff turnover rates and increase productivity.

For more information, call Head of Gibbons Ultraviolet Solutions Colin Hardman on 07940 544206 or email

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