Following the decision of a two-track investigative process around the Brewster Building on East Carolina University’s campus, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and North Carolina Department of Human Health and Services (NCDHHS) has not informed the institution of any potential health-related concerns after multiple test performances.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Safety and Auxiliary Services William Koch said in an email statement as of Oct. 11 NCDHHS and NIOSH have reviewed the 2019 Environmental Health & Safety assessment report of the A Wing within Brewster and conducted testing which includes results that reflect the standards of a 50-year old building.
“They (NIOSH and NCDHHS) have not informed us of any health-related concerns or recommended any further testing. We will wait to receive their written reports before drawing any conclusions and finalizing our work,” Koch said.
A consultant with NCDHHS conducted a walkthrough assessment on Oct. 6 of the building, which included testing of asbestos within the air quality of the wing, drinking water and other unnamed building materials.
Additionally, an asbestos air sampling system was placed inside the A Wing on Oct. 6 to draw a measured amount of air across a filter to be sent for laboratory testing. Koch said the results from the system testing have yet to be provided to the university.
“The results (from the asbestos air sampling system) will be provided to the university in a final report in approximately two months,” Koch said. “The consultant observed no significant concerns that necessitated immediate reporting or action to protect the health of building occupants.”
Before the Oct. 6 walkthrough, an indoor air quality specialist from NCDHHS, as well as a public health physician, identified no potential sources or health concerns during an Aug. 26 walkthrough and tour of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC)system inside Brewster. Koch said the university expects reports from the investigation within the next few weeks.