Introduction to Molds
Molds produce and release millions of spores small enough to be air-, water-, or insect-borne. They can also produce toxic agents known as mycotoxins. Spores and mycotoxins can have negative effects on human health.
For those people who are affected by mold exposures there can be a wide variation in how they react. People at greatest risk of health effects are individuals with allergies, asthma, sinusitis, or other respiratory conditions, as well as infants and children, elderly people, and pregnant women. In addition, individuals with a weakened immune system are at risk.
Reference: Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) – Molds
- The Mold Inspector Certification – NAMP Certified Mold Inspector Course – will instruct you to inspect for and control mold infestation and how to interpret the results of laboratory testing.
- The NAMP Certification is America’s oldest and most respected certification course and provide education and authoritative credentials for Mold Professionals.
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Supplememtal EPA Training – Mold Course
Introduction to Mold and Mold Remediation for Environmental and Public Health Professionals (PDF). Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Mold Web Course. Gives specific recommendations for personal protective equipment (PPE) when cleaning mold.
- Mold Course Chapter 1: Introduction to Molds
- Mold Course Chapter 2: Why and Where Mold Grows
- Mold Course Chapter 3: Finding Mold and Moisture
- Mold Course Chapter 4: General Remediation Issues
- Mold Course Chapter 5: Large Areas and Other Special Concerns
- Mold Course Chapter 6: Containment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Mold Course Chapter 7: Evaluating the Remediation
- Mold Course Chapter 8: Communicating with the Building Occupants
- Mold Course Chapter 9: Prevention
OSHA Resources and References
- Bardana, E. Indoor air quality and health: Does fungal contamination play a significant role? Immunological and Allergy Clin N Am. (23) 2003: 291-309
- 29 CFR 1910.134, Respiratory protection. OSHA Standard.
- A Brief Guide to Mold in the Workplace. OSHA Safety and Health Information Bulletin (SHIB), (2003).
- Fungi Hazards and Flood Cleanup [3 KB PDF*, 2 pages]. OSHA Fact Sheet, (2005).
- Mold [22 KB PDF*, 2 pages]. OSHA Fact Sheet, (2005).
- Mold. OSHA Safety and Health Topics Page.
- Storm/Flood and Hurricane Response. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Workplace Safety and Health Topic.
- Mold Prevention Strategies and Possible Health Effects in the Aftermath of Hurricanes and Major Floods. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), (2006). (Also available in: Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report, June 9, 2006/55(RR08);1-27)
- Guidelines for the Protection and Training of Workers Engaged in Maintenance and Remediation Work Associated with Mold [448 KB PDF, 43 pages]. National Clearinghouse for Worker Safety and Health Training, (2005).
- Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), (2001, March).
- Guidelines on Assessment and Remediation of Fungi in Indoor Environments [71 KB PDF, 25 pages]. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, (2008).
- Respirator Selection Logic 2004. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), (2004, October).
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is a United States environmental law that established a U.S. national policy promoting the enhancement of the environment and also established the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). The essential purpose of NEPA is to ensure that environmental factors are weighted equally when compared to other factors in the decision making process undertaken by federal agencies.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2013-102
NIOSH Alert: Preventing Occupational Respiratory Disease from Exposures Caused by Dampness in Office Buildings, Schools, and Other Nonindustrial Buildings
The guidance includes a building inspection checklist and may be of interest to people working in office buildings, schools and other nonindustrial buildings.
EPA Compliance Regulations
CAA – Clean Air Act http://www.epa.gov/air/caa
IICRC – Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certifications http://www.iicrc.org/what-does-certified-mold-inspector-training-offer-a-33.html