Following employee concerns, uCalgary tests Craigie Hall for health risks

March 14, 2012

Amid health complaints and concerns about air quality at the University of Calgary's Craigie Hall, campus health and safety officials have conducted a series of tests to see if the 50-year-old building meets occupational health standards. Asbestos concerns were first raised in 2003 when the facility was renovated and several floors were under construction, exposed to falling ceiling tiles and dust. In 2004 uCalgary tested air quality and found everything to meet health and safety standards; however, complaints from faculty and staff have continued on and off. Third-party experts conducted comprehensive air quality and other environmental testing last week to ensure the facility meets occupation health standards. The CBC reports that an employee in the Spanish centre at Craigie Hall died in November of pulmonary fibrosis, a scarring of the lungs. Her husband says doctors did not determine what caused the disease, but he suspects it was her work environment. A uCalgary official says the institution has a comprehensive asbestos management program that clearly outlines procedures for managing activities that may include handling or distributing asbestos-containing materials. uCalgary Statement | Calgary Herald | CBC