Indoor air quality

Good indoor air quality (IAQ) enhances our health, comfort and productivity. Each member of the university community has a role in ensuring a healthy indoor air environment exists for their workplace. This includes building occupants, departments, Facilities Management and Occupational Health Safety and Environment.

Building ventilation (HVAC)

A building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system contributes to good indoor air quality by distributing and balancing outdoor air throughout the building, removing contaminants and odours, and controlling humidity and temperature.  Facilities Management is responsible to ensure building HVAC systems on campus are operating and maintained in accordance with WorkSafeBC requirements.

How to maintain good IAQ

In addition to regular maintenance of the building’s HVAC system, units and occupants can also contribute to good indoor air quality within their space by following these tips:

  • Open windows and doors to allow for air circulation
  • Keep all fresh air intakes and exhaust vents free of obstructions
  • Perform odour-generating work in an appropriate facility
  • Empty garbage cans often
  • Clean and dust your workspace regularly
  • Use low-VOC markers
  • Clean up any pooled water or spills immediately
  • Eat in designated areas

Reporting concerns

IAQ issues may be related to building HVAC systems, occupant activities, the external environment or a combination of factors. Occupants should take the following steps to report a complaint or concern:

  • If the issue is related to a nuisance odour (e.g. scented fragrances, cleaning supplies, office plants, food odours, etc.) or an occupant activity within your unit, notify your supervisor who is responsible to address the issue.
  • If the issue is related to a building system (e.g. air circulation, temperature, humidity, plumbing odours, etc.) or a project (i.e. construction or renovations), contact (local 7616) for assistance.
  • For all other IAQ issues, contact for assistance. We will provide advice, referrals and assist with any follow-up as appropriate.

Scents & fragrances

The university encourages all members of the campus community to avoid the use of scented products in work areas, classrooms and public spaces, as such products have the potential to impact the health of some individuals. Please see our scents & fragrances site for more information.

For more information, please contact Graham Rhodes: or 250-721-6525.