Indoor air quality and heat or cold stress

Poor air quality can affect the comfort of staff and students in University facilities. We can investigate and assess comfort factors such as temperature and humidity in addition to assessing the effectiveness of the ventilation system.

Lead paint

Lead is a chemical that was used in paint until the 1980s. If a building has been renovated a number of times over the years, it may have a number of paint layers containing lead. Buildings built before the 1960s have a higher chance of containing lead paint.

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Mould remediation and control

Under certain conditions, mould can pose a health hazard to susceptible individuals. If your work area has experienced a water leak or flood, please contact Physical Plant immediately to have the water source stopped and fixed.

Physical Plant can answer questions regarding exposures and potential health effects of mould and can provide assessments and recommendations for control measures.

Factors that increase the risk of illness include:

  • Susceptible individuals: those allergic to mould; those with low immunity; and babies whose lungs are not completely formed.
  • High levels of exposure: exposure to large numbers of spores over a long period of time.
  • Species of mould: the more noxious moulds (high potential for mycotoxin production) pose the greatest health risks.

The best way to avoid mould problems is to address humidity and water intrusion events before mould has a chance to establish itself.

If you have any questions regarding mould management, please contact the Environmental Health and Safety Office at 204-474-6633.

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Contact us

Environmental Health and Safety
ehso@umanitoba.ca
204-474-6633

Environmental Health and Safety
Room 191 Extended Education Complex
406 University Crescent
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

204-474-6633