Ventilation

Ventilation can help minimize the spread of COVID-19. The university’s building ventilation (HVAC) systems are designed to circulate fresh air safely and are continually monitored to ensure proper operation.

Any adjustments to our systems are made in accordance with APPA - Leadership in Educational Facilities, American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Health Canada, Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services.

Below are some recommendations to ensure the ventilation system is operating as effectively as possible in your work area.

Laboratories
In order to improve the effectiveness of ventilation in laboratories please ensure you do the following:

  1. Keep the sash closed on your fume hood when not in use.
  2. Keep the door closed to the lab at all times. Open only to enter/exit and close the door behind you. Lock the door when no one is present.
  3. Do not make any modifications to the exhaust systems without consulting with Facilities and Operations.

Office Spaces
In order to improve the effectiveness of ventilation in office spaces, please consider the following:

  • Doors can remain open
  • Where possible, windows can be opened if weather permits. Make sure to close the windows prior to leaving your office. This is important for both security and to avoid damage due to inclement weather.

Workshops

  1. Keep the door closed at all times. Open only to enter/exit and close the door behind you.
  2. Use local exhaust ventilation systems applicable to the task or work activity.