The Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services employees who work at the Melcor Centre in downtown Lethbridge, have been notified by their union that high levels of mould have been detected in the Melcor Centre due to repeated incidents of flooding.
A letter dated September 24th states that air quality tests last January showed one type of mould was found to be at three times the normal level. While this level is below what is considered hazardous by Occupational Health and Safety, the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees is concerned that long term exposure could put their members at risk. AUPE says the province and AHS need to address this problem right away.
AHS and the province are currently in a long term lease with Melcor Centre that cannot be broken. Since 2014 there have been around eight floods, two of which were in May and June of this year. The Melcor Centre, formerly known as the Lethbridge Centre, was originally built in 1975. The second retail level was added in 1988.