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Indoor Air Quality

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 smells that are out of the normal should be reported to security immediately. Security staff will investigate and contact the Office of Safety and Emergency Management and Facilities. Please provide as much detail as possible with regards to the type of smell (chemical, sewage, burning, etc.), when it was first noticed and where.

Contact security using the TRU Safe app or by calling 250-828-5033 or 5033 from any campus phone.

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