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AIHA Position Statement on Mold

The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) has released “Position Statement On Mold and Dampness in the Built Environment,” which defines AIHA’s stance that persistent dampness and mold damage in the non-industrial workplace, including schools and residential housing, requires prevention, management and effective remediation.

Since 1996, AIHA has been a leader in the development of information and best practices on the management of mold and dampness problems in the built environment. This information has been relied upon by officials who develop and enforce public policy on indoor environmental quality (IEQ) for the non-industrial workplace, including schools. AIHA has also provided accessible information for individuals to enable more informed choices.

AIHA supports efforts to ensure that individuals who perform mold investigations and remediation are properly trained in the occupational and environmental hazards in buildings for all hazards. Qualified persons should be utilized for designing and managing mold assessments, directing others who perform initial mold assessments, writing protocols for mold remediation, and conducting post-remediation inspections. This may include Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIH) and/or Registered Occupational Hygienists (ROH) with the specific education, training, and experience in microbial contamination.

For access to the “Position Statement On Mold and Dampness in the Built Environment,” please visit http://www.aiha.org/news-pubs/govtaffairs/Documents/P-Mold-03-26-13.pdf.

Choosing Which PEL's to Update, PO 122
Franklin E. Mirer, PhD, CIH

Objective. It’s generally accepted that OSHA’s Permissible Exposure Limits (PEL’s) are “out of date”, largely based on the science and risk assessment methods available in 1968. Despite this near consensus, next steps in setting authoritative OEL’s are unclear. Resources must be directed to agents where new OEL’s will make a difference: prevailing exposure levels are higher than new limits would permit.

Methods. Various lists of authoritative OEL’s were reviewed, the OSHA PEL Chat nominations were compared with EPA Integrated Risk Assessment System Reference Concentrations (RfC’s) and ATSDR Minimal Risk Levels. OSHA’s management systems information system air sampling data were examined.

Results. Substances concluded to pose risks permitted by OSHA’s permissible exposure limits include: toluene, styrene, manganese with existing PEL’s. additional risks are expected from diesel particulate, wood dust and particles in general.

Conclusions. Evidence of significant risk of impairment of health for many agents is evident. The IH community must address setting consensus and governmental OEL’s to take this evidence into account.

 

Past Newsletters

Past Presentations 

31st NE Regional AIHA Conference, December 2, 2011

MINI PDC on Ethics (.67 CM Points): 3/18/2010
Presentation by Anne Bracker, MPH, CIH, University of Connecticut Health Center
Sponsors: NY Blood Center and Long Island Occupational Health Center (LIOEHC)
Special Thanks to LIOEHC, Anne Bracker, and John Svagr.

Improving an Effective Safety and Health Inspection Program and Past Presidents Presentation: 3/4/2010
Past President Dinner
Lecture by Stu Mirowits, MS, CIH, CSP

 New Hazardous Materials Permit Requirement (Joint meeting NY AIHA-NY ASSE): 1/21/2010

EHS Global and Local Updates: 11/19/2009

HOT TOPICS in EHS, PDC - 10/16/09

Regional Tri-Sectional IH Conference -- 12/5/2008

Government and Agencies

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Official website for searching the U.S. Government

OSHA

Indoor Air Quality
National Fire Protection Association
NIOSH Homepage
WHO - Epidemic and Pandemic Alert and Response

Excellent source of historical photos depicting industry, agriculture and technology". Part of Library of Congress

Organizations & Associations

American Industrial Hygiene Association
American Society of Safety Engineers
               

Mold and Ventilation

American Society Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, Inc.

Cooling Technology Institute

Guidelines on Assessment and Remediation of Fungi in Indoor Environments (NYC DOH & MH)

 

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