Housing Work Order - Alberta Health Services

Environmental Public Health
ORDER OF AN EXECUTIVE OFFICER
To:
Michael Singh
“the Owner”
RE:
Those housing premises located in Edmonton, Alberta and municipally described as:
9616 110A Avenue
WHEREAS I, an Executive Officer of Alberta Health Services, have inspected all occupied units in
the above noted premises pursuant to the provisions of the Public Health Act, RSA 2000, c. P-37, as
amended;
AND WHEREAS such inspection disclosed that the following conditions exist in and about the above
noted premises which are or may become injurious or dangerous to the public health or which might
hinder in any manner the prevention or suppression of disease, namely:
a. There was sewage on the bathroom and laundry room floor. There was a history of the
back-ups in the basement suite.
b. There were water damaged and mouldy materials in the basement washroom. This
included the floor, ceiling, walls and the shower stall.
c. The electrical outlet in the bedroom was damaged and appear to have shorted/sparked.
d. Openable windows throughout the premises suite (upstairs and downstairs) were missing
screens.
e. The flooring throughout the premises was in disrepair. Sections were loose, lifting and
completely missing in some areas. This includes the flooring in the basement and upstairs
suite.
f. The basement kitchen window was broken and does not shut properly.
g. The window pane in the downstairs bedroom and various windows upstairs were cracked.
h. There were security bars on the all bedroom windows impeding emergency egress.
i. The guards on the front and the back porch were not adequate height, and the spaces
between the spindles was greater than 4 inches.
j. The flooring on the stairs in the back entranceway was damaged. There were sections that
had become loose and was missing.
k. There was a cockroach infestation in the premises.
l. The owner had provided the tenants with pesticides, and non-certified individuals were
treating the premises.
m. The exterior concrete steps leading to the basement suite were in disrepair. The concrete
was broken and stair treads damaged.
AND WHEREAS such inspection disclosed that the following breaches of the Public Health Act and the
Housing Regulation, Alberta Regulation 173/99, and the Minimum Housing and Health Standards exist in
and about the above noted premises, namely:
a. Violation [a] is in contravention of Section IV (6)(a) of the Housing Regulations that states:
The plumbing system and the sanitary drainage system or private sewage disposal system,
Order of an Executive Officer
RE: Those premises located in Edmonton, Alberta and municipally described as: 9616 110A avenue
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as the case may be, including drains, fixtures, traps, vents, stacks, waste disposal facilities,
pumpout sewage holding tanks, septic tanks and the disposal system shall be maintained
in a proper operating condition.
Violation [b] is in contravention of section III (1) (c) of the Minimum Housing and Health
Standards which states that: Building materials that have been damaged or show evidence
of rot or other deterioration shall be repaired or replaced.
Violation [c] is in contravention of section IV (11) of the Minimum Housing and Health
Standards which states that: Every housing premises shall be supplied with electrical
service. Outlets, switches and fixtures shall be properly installed and shall be maintained in
a good and safe working condition.
Violation [d] is in contravention of section III(2)(b)(iii) of the Minimum Housing and Health
Standards which states that: During the portion of the year when there is a need for
protection against flies and other flying insects, every window or other device intended for
ventilation shall be supplied with effective screens.
Violations [e and j] are in contravention of section III(2)(b)(i) of the Minimum Housing and
Health Standards which states that: All windows and exterior doors shall be; maintained in
good repair, free of cracks and weather proofed and of section III(5) of the Minimum
Housing and Health Standards which states that: All walls, windows, ceilings, floors, and
floor coverings shall be maintained in good repair, free of cracks, holes, loose or lifting
coverings and in a condition that renders it easy to clean.
Items [f and g] are in contravention of Section 2(b) of the Minimum Housing and Health
Standards which states: All windows and exterior doors shall be; maintained in good repair,
free of cracks and weatherproof.
Violation [h] is in contravention of section III (3) (b) of the Minimum Housing and Health
Standards which states that: For buildings of 3 storeys or less and except where a
bedroom door provides access directly to the exterior or the suite is sprinklered, each
bedroom shall have at least one outside window which may be opened from the inside
without the use of tools or special knowledge.
Violations [i and m] are in contravention of section of section III (3) (c) of the Minimum
Housing and Health Standards which states that: Inside or outside stairs or porches
including all treads, risers, supporting structural members, handrails, guards and balconies,
shall be maintained in good repair and shall comply with the requirements of the Alberta
Building Code or a Professional Engineer design.
Violation [k] is in contravention of section V (16) (a) of the Minimum Housing and Health
Standards which states that: The owner shall ensure that the housing premises are free of
insect and rodent infestations.
Violations [a and l] are in contravention of Section 5 (2) of the Housing Regulations that
states: “No person shall cause or permit any condition in housing premises that is or may
become injurious or dangerous to the public health, including any condition that may hinder
in any way the prevention or suppression of disease.
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Order of an Executive Officer
RE: Those premises located in Edmonton, Alberta and municipally described as: 9616 110A avenue
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NOW THEREFORE, I hereby ORDER and DIRECT:
1. That the Owner immediately undertake and diligently pursue the completion of the following
work in and about the above noted premises, namely:
a. Retain the services of an Environmental Consultant or Industrial/Occupational Health
Hygienist before commencing renovation or repairs:
 As this home was built before 1990, the presence of asbestos within building materials
is likely thus all precautions must be taken. The consultant must assess the conditions
within the above noted premises including performing applicable sampling for asbestos
containing materials.
 In the event that asbestos is present provide Environmental Public Health with a written
asbestos management/abatement plan in accordance with the Alberta Occupational
Health and Safety Code for Asbestos abatement
 Once the above has been complete thee environmental consultant will assess the
conditions within the above noted premises for all water damaged materials and mould.
The assessment must include the wall and floor cavities. A full pre mould remediation
inspection report is required. At a minimum, the report must describe the building
construction, finishes, materials and components and recommendations for restoration.
 All hazardous building materials are to be properly managed and disposed of in
accordance with government standards and guidelines and industry codes of practice.
Once the water damaged materials have been removed a post mould remediation
report is required this will include environmental air quality sampling and photographic
evidence that all mouldy material has been. Testing and reporting shall follow the
requirements outlined in Alberta Health Services’ Fungal Air Testing Protocol.
b. Replace all the removed water damaged material in the premises with material that is in
good repair.
c. Hire a qualified individual to remove the sewage and to properly clean and disinfect the
area. A copy of this report must be submitted to Environmental Public Health.
d. Hire a qualified plumber to identify and fix the cause(s) for the sewage back-up. Provide
Environmental Public Health with a copy of the report outlining the findings and corrective
actions taken.
e. Hire an electrician to assess the electrical wiring and components in the premises. Provide
Environmental Public Health a copy of the report commenting on wiring and electrical
components and any work required to ensure wiring is safe and in good working order.
f. Install window screens on all windows that can be opened. Ensure screens are in good
repair.
g. Repair or replace all windows which are cracked, broken and/or do not shut properly.
Ensure all windows are in good repair.
h. Remove the security bars on the windows that are impeding emergency egress. If security
bars are provided they must be easy to remove.
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Order of an Executive Officer
RE: Those premises located in Edmonton, Alberta and municipally described as: 9616 110A avenue
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Modify or replace the guards on the porches so that they comply with the Alberta Building
Code. The height must be and no space can be greater than 4 inches.
j. Repair or replace the damaged flooring on the stairs in the back entrance way.
k. Cease treating the premises with pesticides by a non-certified applicator.
l. Take the necessary steps to eliminate the cockroach
 Treat all affected areas and provide this office with detailed documentation of the
pest control activities completed and/or pest control reports.
 Utilize IPM (Integrated Pest Management) techniques to control the infestation.
 Provide tenant(s) with proper education regarding preparation requirements prior to
treatment.
 Continue pest control measures until the infestation has been cleared
m. Repair the concrete steps leading to the basement so they are in good repair.
2. The work referred to in paragraph 1 shall be completed by:
 Item [k] immediately
 Items [h and c] within 48 hours
 Items [a,d,e,l,] on or before December 8, 2017
 Items [ b,g,g,h,I,j] on or before January 1, 2017
 Items [m] on or before April 30, 2017
The above conditions were noted at the time of inspection and may not necessarily reflect all
deficiencies. You are advised that further work may be required to ensure full compliance with the
Public Health Act and regulations, or to prevent a public health nuisance.
DATED at Edmonton, Alberta, December 1, 2017
______(Original Signed)_______
Meaghen Allen, CPHI(C)
Executive Officer
Alberta Health Services
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a) is directly affected by a decision of a Regional Health Authority, and
b) feels himself aggrieved by the decision
may appeal the decision by submitting a Notice of Appeal form within ten (10) days after receiving the order to:
Public Health Appeal Board
c/o Central Reception
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Order of an Executive Officer
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