Lewes, DE, August 8th, 2011 -- Last month, the York Daily News reported that the South Eastern School District in Pennsylvania was spending over $100,000 to remediate a mold problem at one of their middle schools. Also last week, Maine’s Sun Journal published a story about a $1 million mold removal project at the Otisfield Community School.
Stories like these are a common occurrence at many schools across the Mid-Atlantic as well as nationwide. Budgets at many school districts have been severely limited due to budget constraints that have on numerous occasions meant that maintenance projects in aging school buildings has been postponed. When these projects involve situations that can lead to water damage, the end result is often mold growth and high levels of fungal spores in the indoor environment.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Poor indoor air quality can impact the comfort and health of students and staff, which, in turn, can affect concentration, attendance, and student performance. In addition, if schools fail to respond promptly to poor IAQ, students and staff are at an increased risk of short-term health problems, such as fatigue and nausea, as well as long-term problems like asthma.”
“When building materials in schools become wet, mold can begin to grow in as short as 24 to 48 hours,” stated Susan White, Ph.D., CMC, President of Sussex Environmental Health Consultants (SEHC), a Delaware based environmental consulting firm. “High levels of mold in schools can lead to health concerns for not only the students, but also for the teachers and school faculty. Elevated levels of mold can cause allergies, trigger asthma attacks and even lead to potentially life threatening fungal infections in susceptible individuals,” she continued.
SEHC supports a public outreach video on indoor air quality and student performance, it can be seen at:
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SEHC is a certified woman owned business that provides environmental and health and safety consulting services. The company is located in the Mid-Atlantic and services customers nationwide. SEHC provides solutions to clients ranging from homeowners to international Fortune 500 corporations.