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Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis

Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis   by Leon Levine, CIH   Exposure to microbial contamination may lead to health effects including hypersensitivity pneumonitis.   Hypersensitivity pneumonitis is a disease resulting from exposure to antigens which stimulate a specific immunological response. Building related antigens could originate from fungi, bacteria, or protozoa including amoebae contaminating...

The Prevalence of Stachybotrys Chartarum

The Prevalence of Stachybotrys Chartarum Stachybotrys chartarum, also called toxic black mold, gained notoriety when it was linked to several infant deaths caused by acute idiopathic pulmonary haemorrhage.   The causal link was never confirmed however serious health concerns from exposure still exist. How common is Stachybotrys...

Mold Contamination in Schools

Mold Contamination in Schools   When mold contamination is discovered inside a school it can create a multitude of problems.   Children are more vulnerable to environmental exposures, including mold contamination. Students spend up to several hours a day in school and grade school children can remain in...

Mold Issues at Manchester Elementary School

Mold Issues at Manchester Elementary School Recent articles have described mold contamination in Manchester elementary school in Maine.   Moisture intrusion in the basement was identified in late October and an air quality consultant was hired to conduct a mold investigation.   The results of testing conducted on...

Tape Lift and Bulk Sample for Mold

  Tape Lift and Bulk Sample for Mold When investigating a potential mold problem, a surface sample may need to be collected especially if it’s not clear whether the contamination is mold. Sometimes the surface could be contaminated with soot, dust, dirt or old flaking insulation.   Collecting a...

Buying a Home With Previous Mold Problems

Buying a Home With Previous Mold Problems There are many old homes for sale in Connecticut, some even from the 17th and 18th centuries.   It is very likely that these homes have had prior water damage as well as mold contamination.   Newer construction can also have...

The Certified Industrial Hygienist and Mold Projects

The Certified Industrial Hygienist and Mold Projects   A third party often an industrial hygienist or Certified Industrial Hygienist is important in providing independent oversight of the mold abatement project.   The industrial hygienist functions as the expert to ensure the abatement contractor adheres to the scope of...