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NIOSH Releases New Dampness and Mold Assessment Tool for General Buildings

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Clark Seif Clark provides inspections, testing and consulting services to identify, resolve and prevent indoor environmental issues associated with moisture and mold.

Chatsworth, CA, March 11th, 2019 -- Three months ago today, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced it had developed and released a Dampness and Mold Assessment Tool for General Buildings. The document, with instructions and worksheets, is available online, along with other information from NIOSH on this important topic.

 

David Weissman, M.D., director of NIOSH’s Respiratory Health Division, stated the following in agency’s release announcement, “Implementing regular visual inspections for dampness can help to identify trouble areas before they become major problems and help to prioritize maintenance and repair. The Dampness and Mold Assessment Tools provide an inexpensive mechanism to investigate, record and compare conditions over time.”

 

Shared in the document’s introduction, NIOSH reports that the health of those who live, attend school or work in damp buildings has been a growing concern through the years due to a broad range of reported building-related symptoms and illnesses. The agency also reveals that research has found that people who spend time in damp buildings are more likely to report health problems such as respiratory symptoms; development or worsening of asthma; hypersensitivity pneumonitis; respiratory infections; allergic rhinitis; bronchitis and eczema.

 

“Property owners or facility managers are often working with finite resources. The new NIOSH Dampness and Mold Assessment Tool publication gives front line property folks a simple cursory investigative framework to identify and rank obvious wet, damaged, odorous or visibly mold affected conditions within their buildings. It’s a positive first step towards empowering building representatives towards improving the indoor environmental quality in their buildings,” said Derrick A. Denis, Vice President of Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) of Clark Seif Clark (CSC). “However, moisture and mold conditions can be complex in their origins and extent and can be elusive to laymen without advanced tools such as moisture meters, infrared (IR) cameras, borescopes, laboratory analytical options, personal protective equipment (PPE) training and experience available to a professional. At CSC, our building science and IEQ professionals have decades of experience identifying and resolving mold and moisture issues in everything from single family homes, hotels, schools, high-rise office buildings and multitenant complexes, to highly sensitive environments, including hospitals and nursing homes.”

 

CSC recently sponsored an educational video about NIOSH’s Dampness and Mold Assessment Tool that can be seen at: https://youtu.be/JW-umfcGO-A

 

To learn more about this or other building science, indoor air quality, occupational, environmental, health and safety testing services, please visit www.csceng.com, email csc@csceng.com or call (800) 807-1118. 

 

About Clark Seif Clark

CSC was established in 1989 to help clients in both public and private sectors address indoor air quality, occupational, environmental, and health and safety (EH&S) issues. CSC is a leading provider of these services with multiple offices along the western seaboard and southwest. The company believes in science-based protocols and has a strong background in engineering, making them the preferred environmental consultants to industrial clients, healthcare facilities, architects, schools, builders, contractors, developers and real estate professionals.

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