AIHA Members Featured on ABC News Segment on Mold Contamination


Release No. SPR-13-0530-01

Nicole Racadag, AIHA Communications
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Indoor air quality, mold experts Richard Shaughnessy, Bill Sothern examine homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (May 30, 2013) — Richard J. Shaughnessy, PhD, and Bill Sothern, CIH, two American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) members, were recently featured in an ABC News primetime show called ‘The Lookout,’ a rebranding of ‘Nightline.’ The episode, which aired at 10 PM ET on Wednesday, May 29, investigated homes damaged by 2012’s Hurricane Sandy. Shaughnessy and Sothern offered expert opinions on the extent of the damage and whether the clean-up crews' evaluations were honest ones.

The network set up hidden cameras in a house that had mold contamination and then asked companies to come in, assess the contamination and make a recommendation in terms of cleanup. During the segment, Shaughnessy and Sothern shared tips on how homeowners can keep their homes and wallets safe throughout the pricey and often-elusive process of mold inspection.

Shaughnessy is a professor at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma and an internationally-known air quality expert whose research ranges from how ventilation impacts student test scores to how different types of flooring affects the air one breathes in the home and office. Sothern is a professional mold investigator and the founder of Microecologies, a 12-person firm that has conducted more than 5,000 investigations of metropolitan-area homes and businesses since it opened in 1993.

Mold has been a hot button issue for more than a decade due to numerous lawsuits brought by occupants, tenants, and others against building owners. AIHA members like Shaughnessy and Sothern are frequently involved in investigations of problem buildings and homes like the ones featured on ‘The Lookout.’ AIHA even released a position statement in March, stating that persistent dampness and mold damage in the non-industrial workplace, including schools and residential housing, requires prevention, management and effective remediation.

An informative article on detailing Shaughnessy and Sothern’s tips for protecting oneself during mold inspections is available via the following link:

The full ABC News segment featuring Shaughnessy and Sothern is available for viewing via the following links:

AIHA Resources on Mold:


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