Health and Safety Initiatives

Drinking Water Treatment System

In the summer of 2006, Glenfir installed a unique and technically advanced three stage drinking water treatment system to further enhance the water from the District of Summerland. This new system is designed to remove harmful impurities, such as:

  • chlorine
  • chloroform
  • chlorinated organics
  • iron
  • other impurities

With the use of ultra violet (UV) sterilization units this new system also ensures sterilization of the water from dangerous bacteria, viruses, and parasites.

Close to $25,000 was spent on the best proven technology available to guarantee that Glenfir's students and staff have safe, clean drinking water, when a local boil water advisory is in effect.

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) System

TGS places a high priority on IAQ in order to enhance health and learning performance. Glenfir's expansion project was completed in August 2007 and cost an incremental $150,000 to upgrade the entire schools IAQ systems. The main cause for CO2 concentration increase inside the school is from people breathing. Below are some CO2 concentration figures:

  • fresh outside air of Summerland = 450 ppm
  • air that people exhale when breathing = 35,000 ppm
  • unacceptable indoor level = above 1,000 ppm

This unique system ensures that the carbon dioxide (CO2) level does not exceed the 800 parts per million (ppm) level.

High CO2 concentration levels negatively impact one's health and well being causing:

  • drowsiness
  • fatigue
  • headaches

High CO2 levels also significantly affect one's ability to perform specific mental tasks that require concentration, reading comprehension, calculation, and memory. For example, controlled experiments have shown that increasing CO2 concentration in school classrooms from 800 ppm to 1200ppm results in a decrease in student performance by about 15% in numeric computation (eg. mathematics).

At Glenfir we pride ourselves in providing the highest quality air and water for our students and staff because we believe as strongly in health and well being as much as we do in education.

To view our Safety and Health Committe's school policies and initiatives please click here.