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Mold Remediation in the Workplace-OSHA Guide

John Huang, Ph.D., PE and John Poullain, PE

This three-hour online course provides guidelines for the procedures and measures taken for the mold remediation of offices and commercial buildings. The topics covered in the text include the causes of indoor mold problems, sources and types of mold, guidelines for cleanup of buildings having or not having mold growth and how to determine if the mold remediation and cleanup has been finished successfully. The course presents methods and recommendations to identify and measure sources of mold; mold growth related health effects, ways to reduce exposure and methods for mold prevention. The course covers many links and references to informative sources and resources covered in the text topics.

It has been estimated that people spend as much as 90% of their time indoors at home, office, schools, stores or other commercial buildings. Since molds can be found anywhere it has become a serious health problem since indoor air quality may be poorer than outdoor air quality. Some people including the young, elderly, those afflicted with respiratory diseases and those with reduced immunity systems are especially susceptible to indoor mold. OSHA estimated 30% of Americans work in buildings, which have some type of air pollution. Asthma attacks are often triggered by mold or mold-laden dust and estimated as the fourth-leading cause of work absenteeism.

The student will become familiar with the causes of mold, health risks and which people are more susceptible and suitable actions to take for indoor mold problems. Information is provided on how mold problems are identified and the pollution levels are evaluated and the basic methods for improving indoor air by controlling the sources of water, moisture and ventilation are discussed. The student will consider the principles of mold sampling and requirements for taking samples. Reference sources are provided for additional information pertaining to indoor air problems, health effects linked to the mold sources and appropriate steps for reducing the exposure to occupants and remediators.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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