A Reasoned Approach To Mold Contamination: Best Practices

A Reasoned Approach To Mold Contamination: Best Practices
got mold’s mission and quest is to create awareness and help educate consumers about the growing concerns about mold. Because of our mission, we are fortunate to be given the opportunity to work with industry experts, including Michael Pinto, who share our belief that an educated consumer will be able to make better decisions and choices. Michael currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Wonder Makers Environmental, Inc. He has more than 30 years of safety and environmental experience from jobs in the private sector, the non-profit arena, and regulatory agencies. Michael is the author of five books, over 150 published articles, and 18 commercial training programs. Michael has graciously allowed Got Mold? to re-publish the article below so that we can share his knowledge and expertise.
Indoor air quality is a broad field that continues to impact safety, health, and environmental professionals. But the shift in focus over the last five years from general concerns such as adequate ventilation and sick building syndrome to mold contamination has caught many practitioners by surprise. Today, safety managers, industrial hygienists, loss prevention specialists, and risk assessors are frequently being asked to explain mold contamination to building occupants, the media, and the public.

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Deposition Of Airborne Spores On Surfaces: The Forgotten Aspect of Mold Remediation

Deposition Of Airborne Spores On Surfaces: The Forgotten Aspect of Mold Remediation
got mold’s mission and quest is to create awareness and help educate consumers about the growing concerns about mold. Because of our mission, we are fortunate to be given the opportunity to work with industry experts, including Michael Pinto, who share our belief that an educated consumer will be able to make better decisions and choices. Michael currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Wonder Makers Environmental, Inc. He has more than 30 years of safety and environmental experience from jobs in the private sector, the non-profit arena, and regulatory agencies. Michael is the author of five books, over 150 published articles, and 18 commercial training programs. Michael has graciously allowed Got Mold? to re-publish the article below so that we can share his knowledge and expertise.
In the mold remediation industry the focus tends to be, understandably, on areas where mold is growing on building materials or contents. The EPA and the New York City (NYC) Department of Health have published guidelines that offer recommendations for personal protective equipment (PPE) and engineering controls based on the amount of visible mold growth in an area. Obviously, visible mold growth needs to be properly addressed. However, physical growth is not the only form of contamination related to mold. Spores released by mold sources can settle on surfaces that are not otherwise contaminated by mold growth. This spore deposition can remain long after the actual mold growth is removed and can continue to cause symptoms if it is not dealt with. In this article, we will discuss (1) how to determine if airborne spore deposition has impacted surfaces, (2) how to clean surfaces that have been impacted by airborne spores, and (3) how to determine if the cleaning was effective in removing the deposited mold contamination.

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Ozone Generators and Interior Mold Remediation: A Recipe for Disaster

Ozone Generators and Interior Mold Remediation: A Recipe for Disaster
Got Mold?‘s mission and quest is to create awareness and help educate consumers about the growing concerns about mold. Because of our mission, we are fortunate to be given the opportunity to work with industry experts, including Michael Pinto, who share our belief that an educated consumer will be able to make better decisions and choices. Michael currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Wonder Makers Environmental, Inc. He has more than 30 years of safety and environmental experience from jobs in the private sector, the non-profit arena, and regulatory agencies. Michael is the author of five books, over 150 published articles, and 18 commercial training programs. Michael has graciously allowed Got Mold? to re-publish the article below so that we can share his knowledge and expertise.
As an instructor for mold remediation and indoor air quality investigation classes I am frequently asked about the effectiveness and appropriateness of using ozone generators during mold remediation. Many students are coming from the fire restoration industry where ozone generators are often used to remove smoke orders from contents. For other students the questions about the effectiveness of ozone for mold work are prompted by equipment vendors who indicate that ozone generating machines are perfect for the task. The potential benefit of resolving the toughest mold problems by simply plugging in a machine that “kills mold dead” sounds too good to be true – and it is!
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Do People Really Get Sick From a Little Mold in Their House?

Do People Really Get Sick From a Little Mold in Their House?
Got Mold?’s mission and quest is to create awareness and help educate consumers about the growing concerns about mold. Because of our mission, we are fortunate to be given the opportunity to work with industry experts, including Michael Pinto, who share our belief that an educated consumer will be able to make better decisions and choices. Michael currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Wonder Makers Environmental, Inc. He has more than 30 years of safety and environmental experience from jobs in the private sector, the non-profit arena, and regulatory agencies. Michael is the author of five books, over 150 published articles, and 18 commercial training programs. Michael has graciously allowed Got Mold? to re-publish the article below so that we can share his knowledge and expertise.
The debate continues to rage. The positions are as polarized as ever. Every new study is scrutinized and dissected with each side pulling tidbits, usually out of context, to support their view. It sounds like the discussion of politics in Washington, D.C. but, unfortunately, it is something that hits restoration contractors much closer to home. The debate is about mold. Specifically, health effects that can reasonably be attributed to mold. And more specifically, health effects that can be attributed to mold at exposure levels that are typically found in homes with limited water damage.

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MOLD INDOORS: Killing it is Not Enough

MOLD INDOORS: Killing it is Not Enough
got mold’s mission and quest is to create awareness and help educate consumers about the growing concerns about mold. Because of our mission, we are fortunate to be given the opportunity to work with industry experts, including Michael Pinto, who share our belief that an educated consumer will be able to make better decisions and choices. Michael currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Wonder Makers Environmental, Inc. He has more than 30 years of safety and environmental experience from jobs in the private sector, the non-profit arena, and regulatory agencies. Michael is the author of five books, over 150 published articles, and 18 commercial training programs. Michael has graciously allowed Got Mold? to re-publish the article below so that we can share his knowledge and expertise.
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