Reporting Building-wide Odor Issues-Environmental Health & Safety - Carnegie Mellon University

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Reporting Building-wide Odor Issues

No doubt all of us at one time or another have been affected by odors (usually unpleasant) in our workspaces.  These odors can affect large areas of buildings and many, many people.   EH&S usually gets calls from the affected persons, and our first response is to try to locate the source, a process that often takes a great deal of time, walking the building and interviewing the occupants.   It would be enormously helpful if people who may already know (or suspect) the cause of the problem, to report this to EH&S as well.

The sorts of things we are referring to are (but not limited to): 

  • Odors from overheated light ballasts
  • Chemical fume hood or ventilation belts slipping (also a burning odor)
  • Areas of construction or renovation, with odors of paint, new carpeting, welding, etc.
  • Chemical spills or accidents unexpectedly releasing odors outside the immediate area
  • Building issues that you are able to identify at least by location (such as steam leaks).

So if you know what is causing an odor in the building, please let us know promptly.  If you did something yourself that is causing the odor, please let us know that as well.  We are nice and won't get mad at you!  We're just happy we can get right to correcting the problem and not spend time it searching for the source.

Please make these calls to 8-8182.  For off-hours, this number will forward to an on-call member of our staff 

By: Mark Banister, markb@andrew.cmu.edu, 412-268-1493