Monthly Archives: September 2011
Dangerous molds have now been linked to a number of different diseases that are prevalent today, including learning disabilities, gastrointestinal disturbances and GERD, heart problems, cancer, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, and several autoimmune diseases. Kurt and Lee Ann Billings wrote the … Continue reading
According to the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, hyperbaric medicine traditionally was the treatment for decompression sickness, but they believe their use should not stop there. Hyperbaric chambers are airtight chambers (called “hard-shelled” in the industry, where the atmospheric pressure … Continue reading
An infestation of mold which causes coldlike symptoms such as headaches, runny noses, watery eyes, coughing, sneezing and throat irritation in susceptible individuals, was found at Washington School Development Center for the Handicapped, and remediation was commenced this week. The … Continue reading
Southern Nevada Federal Health District was sued for mold exposure that caused terminal sickness. Nevada Health Inspector Dan Pauluk was employed by the district and dying of exposure to mold IN THE DISTRICT own OFFICE, directly over his desk. Mold … Continue reading
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FAIRFAX, VA, (July 13, 2011) — The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) strongly encourages homeowners who face flooding issues, as a result of extreme weather conditions, to obtain a home inspection for mold. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has already named 2011 to be one of the most extreme years in weather disasters, estimating over $32 billion in damages.
Extreme wet weather has caused flooding throughout the Midwest and Atlantic states and parts of western Canada, leaving homeowners to salvage their belongings and begin the clean-up process. However, water is not the only danger of flooding. The mold that may occur after water has receded can be far more hazardous to the homeowner and family.
The molds that grow on damp building materials are found in the soil and are adapted to grow on a wide variety of materials. Outdoors, molds live in the soil, on plants, and on dead or decaying matter. Different mold species are adapted to different moisture conditions from very wet to just damp. The US CDC, the Institute of Medicine of the US National Academy of Sciences, the World Health Organization and Health Canada all agree that living or working in a building with mold results in increased risk of respiratory disease among other effects.
People who may be affected more severely and quickly than others include: • Infants and children
• Elderly people • Pregnant women • Individuals with respiratory conditions or allergies and asthma • Persons with weakened immune systems
A professional experienced in mold evaluation and remediation, such as an industrial hygienist, can address extensive mold growth in a building. It is important to address and correct large mold problems as soon as possible by first fixing the source of the moisture problem and removing contaminated materials, then cleaning the surfaces, and finally drying the area completely.
For more information on mold remediation and resources on hiring remediation professionals, please visit http://www.aiha.org/news-pubs/bg/Pages/MoldDetectionRemediation.aspx.
*** Founded in 1939, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) is the premier
association of occupational and environmental health and safety professionals. AIHA’s 10,077 members play a crucial role on the front line of worker health and safety every day. Members represent a cross-section of industry, private business, labor, government and academia. Continue reading
If you’re dealing with the flood today, or if you were dealing with it yesterday and now you’re in the clean up phase, remember you have to get the environment completely dry to prevent mold from developing. Mold is a … Continue reading
Anti-mold Rules for Haters of Mold After flooding, you must be proactive to lower the possibility of mold. Clean wet places immediately. Mold cannot grow without moisture. Eliminate the source. Discard porous materials with mold growth (i.e. floor coverings, drywall, … Continue reading