Federal employees back to work after legionella bacteria threat
Building officials 'err on the side of caution' before allowing people back to their offices
Posted: Sep 20, 2012 4:00 PM ET
Last Updated: Sep 20, 2012 3:35 PM ET
Workers became concerned this week when legionella bacteria were found in the building's cooling tower.
A spokesperson for the Public Service Alliance of Canada said the health and safety committee determined late Thursday it would be safe to return to work.
"As a precaution, until … it's sanitized and until we realize what the levels were, and the danger to workers, [we chose to] err on the side of caution and get people out of there,” Judith Monteith-Farrell said.
Monteith-Farrell said about 30 people work in the building, including RCMP officers.
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, people can fall sick if they inhale steam or mist containing the bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease — a severe form of pneumonia. No one has been known to pass on the infection to others.
Monteith-Farrell said no one working in the building has shown any serious symptoms.
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