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.

Full article “A Reasoned Approach to Mold Contamination: Best Practices” See Mold Sensitized 

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.

Full article “Deposition Of Airborne Spores On Surfaces: The Forgotten Aspect of Mold Remediation” See Mold Sensitized 

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!
Full article “Ozone Generators and Interior Mold Remediation: A Recipe for Disaster” See Mold Sensitized

Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

  

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

  

We are the dead: Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved: and now we lie
In Flanders fields!

  

Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch: be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields

  

By Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

Northern Alberta First Nations Mold Remediation Project

Northern Alberta First Nations Mold Remediation Project
Mold is a major problem for First Nations and will only worsen unless the problem is dealt with properly.
Based on the true cost of mold, it is fairly clear that our Leaders would be prudent in addressing mold issues today, which we believe will result in a net financial savings to our health care system and overall productivity in the long run.

Got Mold Truck and Trailer

Got Mold? has spent considerable time and effort educating and offering services to our First Nations primarily because we believe this is a major health concern with long term consequences. Indeed, in November, 2012, we published an article, Mold in First Nations: A Crisis! to further publicize this problem. As stated by the article, 44% of homes on reserves have mold issues, and the problem will continue to worsen unless this issue is dealt with seriously.
Fortunately, mold and the health concerns it creates are starting to be addressed. Earlier this year we worked on a First Nations project in Saskatchewan which relied heavily on dry ice blasting to remove the mold.

Northern Alberta First Nations Mold Remediation Project

In May, a large construction company in Alberta contacted Got Mold? and asked us to bid on another First Nations project. Earlier this week, Got Mold? sent a team to Fort McMurray, Alberta who subsequently took the plane, pictured above, to the First Nations project in northern Alberta. The initial work involves the remediation of floor joists in the crawl space, though it appears that the scope of the project will grow because the mold infestation is much larger than initially thought.
Stay tuned for further pictures and details as they come in from our Founder, James C. Watson, who is personally over-seeing the project. Have a fantastic weekend!