UVic defends its actions, policy on workplace health

University working hard to get to bottom of air quality issues

Re: Workplace health a serious issue (Our View, May 2)

The University of Victoria takes the health and safety of its employees very seriously.

There is no evidence that mould spores or carbon monoxide levels are causing ill health in the C Wing of the Sedgewick Building.

The vast majority of employees in Sedgewick do not report any ill health effects, but we understand that some people may have individual reactions to allergens and variables in the quality of the air inside the building.

WorkSafeBC wants more comprehensive testing and documentation to occur and the university has no hesitation in working with the agency to address any lingering health concerns. An environmental consultant has been hired and preliminary testing is already underway.

UVic has committed to sharing the results of the air quality tests with our staff and to making any recommended improvements.

UVic has long had a culture where employees are welcome to raise any concerns with their managers or through their unions.

To imply that someone could be punished for doing so is simply not true.

Richard Piskor, director, occupational health, safety and the environment

University of Victoria