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« on: March 20, 2012, 9:43:24 pm »

The area I work in is completely enclosed (windows don't open, not many doors) and there are problems with the heating/AC system. There are probably about 5 days a month where the temperature is around 85 (and I've heard it's worse over the summer). Then there are also a few days where it will be around 60 or even cooler. Many faculty have complained and the school says they're working on it but I'm told that they've been saying that for about 5 or 6 years now. (This is my first year working at this school.) I haven't seen anything but one of my colleagues said he pushed up on a tile in the ceiling in his office and found some mold on the other side.  I don't know if it's just a coincidence but I've had persistent ear infections and vertigo symptoms for about a month now and never used to get them. I don't think my symptoms are worse when I'm in the building though and obviously there are many reasons why one could get ear infections. What would you do in this situation? Would you apply for other jobs? Are there air quality tests I should do in my office? My previous job was a bad fit for me and this one (aside from this air quality issue) is a much better fit - I have great, supportive colleagues and love the city the school is in. I appreciate any advice you have.
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« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2012, 1:03:14 pm »

I had a similar situation with vertigo after a water leak in my office. Black mold grew on the carpet and wall and the building's owner did nothing about it. I was ill all the time, even when not in the office. Finally I took photos of my office and showed them to my doctor. He was shocked. He told me to quit my job immediately and even wrote a letter I gave to my boss saying the mold made me ill. It took about 6 months for the dizziness to pass. My advice is to do a little investigating. Lift your ceiling tiles and see what's up there. Ask others if they have similar problems. I have a strong suspicion, however, that the building is to blame. In that case, don't stay in there as long as I did and compromise your health. Start looking for another job immediately or you could ask about being transferred to another area of the building.
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« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2012, 7:32:55 am »

Thanks for your reply. I've been wondering why no one replied. I'll give an update below.

I had mold testing done in the office. Ironically, the only areas with mold are the tops of the file cabinets and shelves, which I've allowed to get way too dusty. I also talked with a mold specialist. He said moisture, rather than either high or fluctuating temperatures, would be the major concern, but fortunately there are no wet spots and the humidity level is fine in my office. My ear infections and vertigo have gone away also. So I'm not thrilled about the temperature fluctuations but I've basically just moved on.
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« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2012, 7:36:56 am »

I'm guessing that nobody replied because there was a thread on air quality relatively recently.

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