EPA is currently reviewing the adequacy of the ozone and PM 10 standards.
The area of concern will be delineated according to the locations of complainants, the probable source of the suspected contaminant, the design of the HVAC system, and physical barriers.
Less extensive remedial measures include better housekeeping, replacing furniture, cleaning mildew off of pipes, installing portable dehumidifiers or air cleaners, cleaning window air conditioners, and replacing carpet with vinyl tile flooring.
The investigation and removal of mold in the workplace needs to be conducted in a thorough and consistent manner to avoid releasing mold spores into an occupied environment. Mold has been identified as a source of indoor air pollution and a health risk to all people and especially, susceptible individuals of the population.
Health effects range from mild irritation, to severe life threatening illnesses such as asthma attacks or fungal infections. The actual effects are based on many factors, such as: In order to reduce the effects that mold has on building occupants, procedures regarding the investigation and removal of mold are necessary.
Ceiling tiles of 25 square feet or less; or Dry wall or other wall surface of 10 square feet or less. Standard and Reference Guide for professional Mold Remediation. The following procedures shall be followed for the investigation of mold concerns: Guidelines for Removal of Small Areas of Mold Contamination These guidelines are designed to minimize the release of mold spores into an office, laboratory or similar environment.
Other types of occupancies or extenuating circumstances may require more or less stringent procedures.
If there is any doubt as to whether these procedures are appropriate, contact IUEHS for the respective campus for recommendations. As a general rule, simply killing the mold with a biocide is not effective to eliminate the hazard.
The mold must be removed, since the chemicals and proteins, which can cause a reaction in humans, are still present in non-viable mold. Non-Porous Surfaces Mold can generally be removed from nonporous surfaces by wiping or scrubbing with water and detergent.
It is important to begin drying dry these surfaces, within hours, to discourage further mold growth. Instructions for cleaning surfaces, as listed on product labels, should always be read and followed.
Materials that are not completely dried within 72 hours should be considered for removal. Non-Salvageable Items Building materials and furnishings contaminated with mold growth that cannot be cleaned and decontaminated should be placed in sealed impermeable bags while in the remediation area.
These materials can be discarded as ordinary solid waste. It is important to contain mold-contaminated materials in this fashion to minimize the dispersion of mold spores into the building space.
The work area where mold removal is occurring should not be occupied. Removing people from spaces adjacent to the work area is not necessary, but is recommended for infants less than 12 months oldpersons recovering from recent surgery, immune-suppressed people, or people with chronic inflammatory lung diseases e.
Containment of the work area is not always necessary but return airs should be blanked off and the room should be isolated from the building occupants, doors shut etc Dust suppression methods, such as misting not soaking surfaces prior to remediation, are recommended.
The work area and areas used by remediation workers for egress should be cleaned with a damp cloth or mop and a detergent solution as necessary. All areas should be left dry and visibly free from contamination and debris.This Best Practices Manual is not a standard or regulation, and it creates no new legal obligations.
The manual is advisory in nature, informational in content, and is intended to assist employers in providing a safe and healthful workplace for workers exposed to metalworking fluids (MWFs) through effective prevention programs adapted to the needs and resources of each place of employment.
EPA's resources on environmental issues include research, basics, what you can do, and an index covering more specific terms. The Air Quality Act provided additional funding to the states, required the states to establish Air Quality Control Regions, and directed HEW to obtain and make available information on the health effects of air pollutants and to identify pollution control techniques.
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