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Wednesday, 20 August 1980
Page: 569

Dr Everingham asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 30 April 1980:

(1)   Has the Occupational Health Section of the Capital Territory Health Commission investigated complaints of poor ventilation in schools and colleges in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory; if so, (a) what schools and colleges were involved and (b) were wet and dry bulb thermometer readings and wind flow tests taken.

(2)   What further tests are planned.

(3)   Will health standards for ventilation be recommended by the Commission in consultation with architects.

Mr MacKellar - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   (a) Yes. Stirling College, Stirling; Padua Catholic High School, Wanniassa; and Hartley Street Centre, Turner.

(b)   Yes. The temperature, humidity and air flow checks at these three establishments indicated that, in some areas, the ambient temperatures registered on dry bulb thermometers were higher than would be normally acceptable. Wet bulb thermometer and air flow measurements recorded indicated that, although air circulation systems were functioning at the times the measurements were taken, some improvement was possible. Modifications to climate control systems would be dependent on the availability of funds from the authorities responsible for the particular facilities.

(2)   No further tests are planned at the present time, but should the Commission receive a further request for tests they could be undertaken.

(3)   No health standards for ventilation in schools or elsewere have been recommended by the Commission and none are planned. However, officers of the Commission are available to give advice on health matters associated with ventilation systems should architects or any other persons, organisations or authorities require such assistance.

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