Tools Can Help Identify Dampness and Mold in Schools and Buildings

Office buildings, schools, and other nonindustrial build­ings may
develop moisture and dampness problems from roof and window leaks, high indoor
humidity, and flooding events, among other things. Damp building conditions
promote the growth of mold, bacteria, fungi, and insects. Occupants in damp
buildings can be exposed to pollutants in the air from biological contaminants
and the breakdown of building materials.

Research has shown that a number of health problems are associated with
exposure to building dampness and mold including:
- Respiratory symptoms (such as in the nose, throat, or lungs)
- Development or worsening of asthma
- Hypersensitivity pneumonitis (a rare lung disease in which lungs become
inflamed as an allergic reaction to inhaled bacteria, fungi, organic dusts, and
- Respiratory infections
- Allergic rhinitis (often called "hay fever”)
- Bronchitis
- Eczema

The Canadian National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has
published 'Dampness and Mold Assessment Tools' that guide users through
assessing all rooms, whether in a school or a general building, for areas of
dampness and mold and identifying the source(s) of the dampness and mold. The
tools provide an easy-to-use checklist and instructions for assessing and
recording any damage that is found and for tracking conditions through time.

Further Information

AplusA-online.de - Source: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)