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Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality is defined as the air quality within and around buildings and structures. It is known to affect the health, comfort and well-being of building occupants. A number of factors can affect indoor air quality, including:

  • The physical layout of the building.
  • The building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system.
  • The outdoor climate or contaminants.
  • The people who occupy the building.
  • Contaminants inside and outside the building.

Contaminants may include dust, mould, carbon monoxide (i.e., from vehicles parked near air intakes), volatile organic compounds (e.g., given off by office printers and photocopiers, paint, glue, etc.), formaldehyde (e.g., from insulation and carpets), bacteria, and smoke from wildfires.

Reporting of indoor air quality issues

Any questionable or abnormal odours must be reported to Health, Safety, and Environment to investigate with Facilities and Security. Please provide:

  • Location?
  • What does “it” smell like?
  • Anyone injuried?

Contact Health, Safety, and Environment at 250 371 5807 or 250 828 5139

Contact Security after hours using the TRU Safe app or calling 250 828 5033 or 5033 from any campus phone.

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