Lansing, MI, April 15th, 2013 -- On March 26th, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) released a position statement on mold and dampness in the built environment. The twelve page document has garnered significant attention with professionals involved in the mold and building science communities.
The position statement discusses how moisture in a building can result in structural damage, microbial growth and increased adverse health effects for building occupants. It also discusses the need for people conducting investigations into mold and dampness in buildings to have suitable training and project experience. This is especially true in light of the fact that it is quite common for concurrent problems to be impacting indoor environmental quality (IEQ) in a building.
According to the document, “Qualified persons should be utilized for the design and management of mold assessments, directing others performing 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. A CIH is the leading professional accreditation for experts to investigate mold and dampness problems in buildings, particularly in the non-industrial workplace. There are other individuals who have undergone considerable training and education and may be appropriately qualified. However any individual with the expertise necessary to be involved in the recognition, evaluation or control of mold should normally possess a certification awarded by a nationally recognized accreditation body.”
“The ABIH is pleased to see that CIHs are recognized in this important position statement,” reported Tracy Parsons, CIH, Administrative Program Manager at the American Board of Industrial Hygiene. “The requirements for attaining the CIH are demanding and consequently, the CIH is held by only an elite group of professionals. Those professionals who have earned the CIH certification are highly sought after in private industry, academic institutions and government agencies to handle a wide range of occupational hygiene challenges, including IEQ issues.”
About the American Board of Industrial Hygiene
Since 1960, ABIH, a not-for-profit corporation, has been the world's largest, premier organization for certifying professionals in the practice of industrial hygiene. ABIH is responsible for ensuring high-quality certification including education, experience, examination, certification maintenance and ethics enforcement.