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Guidelines for the Protection and Training of Workers Engaged in Maintenance and Remediation Work Associated with Mold

Research Triangle Park, NC: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences – National Institutes of Health, NIEHSCareers & TrainingHazMat Safety & TrainingClearinghouseEmergency Preparedness ResourcesHurricanes and Floods. Read More

European Risk Observatory Report: Expert forecast on Emerging Biological Risks related to Occupational Safety and Health

A 145-page report that identifies the top emerging biological risks likely to affect workers across Britain and Europe. The report from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work is part of a series of “Risk Observatory” studies aiming to prepare employers and governments across the EU for possible occupational health and safety threats of future. Read More

Flooding

Safety and cleanup precautions for primary responders to flood emergencies. Read More

A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home

Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture. Read More

Mold After a Disaster

Fact sheet, flyers, public service announcements, guidelines, and reports on the dangers of mold and how to protect yourself after a disaster. Read More

Molds, Toxic Molds, and Indoor Air Quality

Molds are essential components of our planets ecosystem providing decomposition of many organic substances necessary to plant, animal, and human life. However, it is also the case that excessive exposure to molds has been a health issue for humans for many, many years. The earliest known writings that appear to discuss mold infestation and remediation (cleaning up, removal) are found in the Old Testament. Molds have been implicated as the cause of a variety of health effects in humans ranging from minor allergic reactions and exacerbation of asthma, to brain damage. Molds have been found growing in private homes, office buildings, schools, automobiles, and other locations where organic matter and water are left unattended. This is not a new issue — just one which, until now, has received little attention by policy makers in the United States. Read More

Mold: Basic Facts

Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more. Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores. Mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth. Read More

Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings

Concern about indoor exposure to mold has been increasing as the public becomes aware that exposure to mold can cause a variety of health effects and symptoms, including allergic reactions. This document presents guidelines for the remediation/cleanup of mold and moisture problems in schools and commercial buildings; these guidelines include measures designed to protect the health of building occupants and remediators. It has been designed primarily for building managers, custodians, and others who are responsible for commercial building and school maintenance. It should serve as a reference for potential mold and moisture remediators. Using this document, individuals with little or no experience with mold remediation should be able to make a reasonable judgment as to whether the situation can be handled in-house. It will help those in charge of maintenance to evaluate an in-house remediation plan or a remediation plan submitted by an outside contractor.1 Contractors and other professionals who respond to mold and moisture situations in commercial buildings and schools may also want to refer to these guidelines. Read More

Fundamentals of Moisture in Houses

Moisture can be one of the most vexing areas of building science to diagnose. However, a basic understanding of the principles involved can help a novice sleuth develop a strategy for finding and combating moisture problems. Read More

IICRC Standards

Downloadable documents on Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration and Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation Read More

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