Policy: Mold Management
|Date: 08/02/05||Policy ID: SEC-023||Status: Final|
|Contact Office:||Environmental Health and Safety|
|Oversight Executive:||Vice President for Research|
|Applies To:||Academic Division and the Medical Center.|
|Table of Contents:|
|Reason for Policy:||
To avoid growth of mold and mildew in University facilities which can impact the health and comfort of building occupants and to provide a systematic approach to remediation of mold and mildew problems.
|Definition of Terms in Statement:|
In the event of a flood or large water leak that results in wet building components or furnishings, efforts must be made to dry out the moisture within 24-48 hours.
Contact your specific maintenance organization (e.g., Facilities Management, Housing Maintenance, Medical Center Physical Plant, etc.) and the Office of Risk Management immediately in the event of a flood or large water leak. An effort will be made to dry wet porous materials (ceiling tiles, installed carpeting, upholstered furnishings, and wallboard) effectively within 24-48 hours (by active vacuum extraction followed by area dehumidification) to ameliorate mold growth. You should contact the appropriate service office if you discover visible mold on building materials (drywall, ceiling tiles) or furnishings (carpeting, upholstered furniture, or books) and the contaminated area totals approximately 10 square feet (or more).
Besides floods, uncontrolled high humidity (i.e., consistently greater than 65%) may result in indoor amplification of mold. Improper placement of vapor barriers and persistent leaks of plumbing fixtures can result in growth that exceeds the results of a single flood. Industrial Hygiene specialists from Environmental Health and Safety (EHS, at 982-4911) can assist in investigating and identifying building deficiencies, specific health complaints, and hidden sources of contamination.
The University has incorporated several sources into its policy, including:
1, ACGIH, Bioaerosols: Assessment and Control, www.acgih.org.
2, ACOEM, Adverse Human Health Effects Associated with Molds in the Indoor Environment, www.acoem.org.
3, AIHA, Report of the Microbial Gorwth Task Force, AHIA Press, 2700 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 250, Fairfax, Virginia, 22031, www.aiha.org.
4, IICR S500, Standard and Reference GUide for Professional Water Damage Restoration, www.iicrc.org.
5, EPA, Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings (EPA 402-K-01-001), www.epa.gov/iaq/molds/index.html.
This is the first version of this policy.
|Major Category:||Safety, Security and Environmental Quality|
|Category Cross Reference:|
|Next Scheduled Review:||08/02/14|
|Approved By, Date:||Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, 08/02/05|
|Revision History:||Updated 7/20/11, 8/25/08.|
|Supersedes (previous policy):|