Indoor air quality self assessment

Concerned about the air quality in your workplace?

Air quality concerns are usually linked to contaminants (such as mould, dust or organic vapours) or comfort parameters (such as temperature and humidity).

At the university, typical indoor air quality concerns include the following:

1. Temperature and relative humidity

Dry conditions in the workplace can produce symptoms such as dry skin and eyes. Thermal stress due to cold or hot conditions can produce discomfort and affect productivity.

The Government of Alberta recommends an indoor relative humidity of between 20% to 60%, depending on the time of year, and an average temperature of approximately 22°C.

For concerns pertaining to comfort parameter settings in your workplace, contact Building Services at 780-492-4833.

2. Mould

Where there is water intrusion, there may be mould. Mould thrives on damp porous surfaces, such as drywall and cardboard, and may cause symptoms such as wheezing, sneezing and itchy eyes.

If you spot water damage or mould, contact Building Services at 780-492-4833.

If you have mould related health concerns, contact HSE.

3. Diesel fumes

Building occupants often notice odours from diesel exhaust if a car is idling near an entryway or air intake.
Short-term exposure to diesel exhaust emissions may cause headache, nausea, eye, and respiratory irritation. These effects generally clear up when exposure ceases.

To report diesel odours, contact Building Services at 780-492-4833. For diesel-related health concerns, contact HSE.