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Copy of Creating Educational Change

assignment 3, Crash Course Creativity, EDU-CREA-TEAM

Christy Burrows

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Concordia University Nebraska
Christy Burrows
Mold Basics
Who is affected by exposure to mold?
Health Effects of Molds
MPH 520-
Environmental Health with
Dr. Rebecca Toland
Mold Clean Up
There is a wide variability in how people are affected by airborne
mold spore exposure. Currently, there is no established airborne concentration that is known to adversely
affect any individual’s health. People who may be affected more severely and quickly than others include:
• Infants and children
• Elderly people
• Pregnant women
• Individuals with respiratory conditions or allergies and asthma
• Persons with weakened immune systems
Those with special health concerns should consult their doctor if they are concerned about mold exposure.
Symptoms that may seem to occur from mold exposure may be due to other causes, such as bacterial or
viral infections or other allergies (AIHA- Protecting Worker Health, December).

The key to mold control is moisture control.
If mold is a problem in your home, you should clean up.
the mold promptly and fix the water problem.
It is important to dry water-damaged areas and items
within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth (EPA, 2010)
Mold Clean up
(EPA. United States Environmental Protection Agency, 2012)

If the moldy area is less than about 10 square feet (less than roughly a 3 ft. by 3 ft. patch), in most cases, you can handle the job yourself, if not contact the EPA guidelines for clean up. The purpose of mold remediation is to remove the mold to prevent exposure and damage to buildings.
• Fix leaks and high humidity and condensation problems.
• Use a wet vacuum to collect water and let it completely dry. HEPA vacuums are recommended for cleanup of dust that may have settled on surfaces. When changing the vacuum the filter and contents must be disposed in a sealed plastic bag.
• Damp-wipe surfaces with water or with water and detergent. If using chlorine bleach solution of 1/4 cup bleach to one gallon of water. Wait 20 minutes and repeat. Wait another 20 minutes, make sure it is a well ventilated area
• Outdoor air may need to be brought in with fans, but when using a fan make sure not to distribute mold spores throughout the unaffected area. (WA.Gov. Washington State Department of Health, 2013).

How to Control Mold
• Controlling humidity levels;
• Promptly fixing leaky roofs, windows, and pipes;
• Thoroughly cleaning and drying after flooding
• Ventilating shower, laundry, and cooking areas.
• Stop water leaks, repair leaky roofs and plumbing. Keep water away from concrete slabs and basement walls.
• Open windows and doors to increase air flow in your home, especially along the inside of exterior walls. Use a fan if there are no windows available.
• Make sure that warm air flows into all areas of the home. Move large objects a few inches away from the inside of exterior walls to increase air circulation.
• Install and use exhaust fans in bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms.
• Ventilate and insulate attic and crawl spaces. Use heavy plastic to cover earth floors in crawl spaces.
• Clean and dry water damaged carpets, clothing, bedding, and upholstered furniture within 24 to 48 hours, or consider removing and replacing damaged furnishings.
• Vacuum and clean your home regularly to remove mold spores.
• Check around your windows for signs of condensation and water droplets. Wipe them up right away so mold can’t start to grow.

If mold is growing in your home, clean up the mold and fix the moisture problem (CDC. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , 2011; WA.Gov. Washington State Department of Health, 2013).

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, 2013) of the United State government states any mold abatement and mitigation job less then 10 square feet can be conducted by the property owner. Any job larger then 10 square feet should be done by a professional. The reason is for the health risk involved.
Where is Mold Hiding
What is Mold?

Molds are tiny organisms that digest organic mater
and reproduce by releasing spores (Wash., 2013).
Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores.
Common Indoor Molds
AIHA Protecting Worker Health. (December). Retrieved from Facts about Mold: http://www.aiha.org/get-involved/VolunteerGroups/Documents/BiosafetyVG-FactsAbout%20MoldDecember2011.pdf

American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. ACOEM. (2013). Retrieved from Adverse Human Health Effects Associated with Molds in the Indoor Environment.: http://www.acoem.org/AdverseHumanHealthEffects_Molds.aspx

CDC. Center for Disease Control. (2013). Retrieved from Mold, Basic Facts: http://www.cdc.gov/mold/faqs.htm#mold

CDC. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . (2011, October 24). Retrieved from Moisture, Mold and Mildew: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/pdfs/appenc.pdf

CDC. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2012, September). Retrieved from Facts about Mold and Dampness: Moisture and Mold Prevention and Control Tips

EPA. United States Environmental Protection Agency. (2013, April 18). Retrieved from Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings: http://www.epa.gov/mold/mold_remediation.html

EPA. United States Environmental Protection Agency. (2012). Retrieved from A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home: http://www.epa.gov/mold/moldcleanup.html

EPA. United States Environmental Protection Agency. (2013). Retrieved from A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home: http://www.epa.gov/mold/moldguide.html#hiddenmold

Europe, W. R. (2006). WHO GUIDELINES FOR INDOOR AIR QUA L I TY: DAMPNESS AND MOULD. Retrieved from WHO: http://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0017/43325/E92645.pdf

Tuomi T, R. K. (2000). Mycotoxins in crude building materials from water-damaged buildings. . Appl Environ Microbiol. , 1899-1904. Retrieved from http://aem.asm.org/cgi/content/full/66/5/1899?ijkey=f73b41dfb9db3812b40c0046a87b6d0bfd87694e.

WA.Gov. Washington State Department of Health. (2013). Retrieved from Mold: http://www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/HealthyHome/Contaminants/Mold.aspx

People spend a tremendous part of their time indoors; at work, homes, schools. The quality of the air they breathe is a very important determinants of their health (Europe, 2006).
No, You don't have to move out
• Cladosporium
• Penicillium
• Alternaria
• Aspergillus
(CDC. Center for Disease Control, 2013)

Molds produce allergen that can cause allergic reactions, Inhaling, touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.
Asthma attacks in people who are allergic to molds.
Mold exposure may cause or worsen asthma symptoms, hay fever, or other allergies.
The most common symptoms of mold exposure are cough, congestion, runny nose, and trouble breathing. Symptoms usually disappear after the mold contamination is removed.
More severe reactions to mold may occur among workers exposed to large amounts of mold on the job, such as farmers working with moldy hay.
• Damp-wipe surfaces with water or with water and detergent. If using chlorine bleach solution of 1/4 cup bleach to one gallon of water. Wait 20 minutes and repeat. Wait another 20 minutes, make sure it is a well ventilated area
What to Wear
Cleaning Mold Area
• Always use gloves and eye protection when removing or working with mold, and
• Have a half or full-face mask
• Disposable clothing is recommended (WA.Gov. Washington State Department of Health, 2013)
(Tuomi T, 2000).

Moisture in a window
Just Clean It up!!
I. Introduction
II. What is Needed for Mold to Grow?
III. Hidden Molds
IV. Health Effects of Mold
V. Who is Effected by Mold?
VI. Common Molds
VII. Controlling Mold
VIII. Mold Clean Up
IX. What to Where to Clean Mold
X. Conclusion
Requirements for mold Growth
Temperature above 40 degrees and below 100 degrees
Mold spores
Nutrient base
Dampness or moisture (CDC, 2011)
Outside on wood
Leaks in windows
Mold can be found in damp places
Back side of dry wall
Ceiling tiles
Under carpet and pads
Inside duct work (EPA, 2013)
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