Clean bill of health for Sedgewick building

Re: Sedgewick improved, but health and safety remain concern at UVic (News, Jan. 4)

Re: Sedgewick improved, but health and safety remain concern at UVic (News, Jan. 4)

Your story contains some inaccuracies and a lack of clarity that are important to address.

The story follows up on your earlier reporting on WorkSafeBC orders in April 2012 for air quality testing to respond to health concerns from some employees.

However, the recent article does not include the critical finding that comprehensive testing done by an independent consultant concluded the building is safe and meets regulatory standards for office building air quality.

The only reference to the building’s clean bill of health was near the end of the story, where it incorrectly states: “The most recent tests show steps taken earlier in the year have resulted in no more mould or building moisture problems.”

In fact, the “steps taken” were to improve air circulation, minimize occasional crawlspace odours, and reduce naturally occurring carbon dioxide levels.

Comprehensive inspections and tests of the building and crawlspaces have not shown any evidence of a building mould or moisture problem in Sedgewick.

Finally, it is important to note that UVic has an ongoing commitment to the health and safety of its faculty, staff and students and will continue to respond to concerns when they are raised.

Andy Mavretic


Occupational Health, Safety and Environment

University of Victoria



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