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In Sept. 26, following the hurricanes that devastated Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AIHA offered guidance and resources on handling mold contamination to those living in the affected regions. Chief among these resources is AIHA’s Mold Resource Center, an online hub of information for professionals, homeowners, and business owners affected by mold growth and contamination caused by flooding, storms, and water intrusion into buildings. Also available is the AIHA Consultants Listing, a publication that is free of charge and lists industrial hygiene professionals who can provide guidance during flood recovery and cleanup. Online access to the Consultants Listing is also available.
"The subject of mold can create emotionally charged health concerns for building and homeowners, but it does not have to as long as they realize that mold contamination is beyond their control and employ the help of a qualified professional," said Russell D. Hayward, CIH, AIHA's managing director of Scientific and Technical Initiatives.
AIHA’s resources are intended to help individuals ask educated questions when meeting with qualified professionals to determine possible mold problems in their buildings or homes. Depending on local laws, AIHA urges individuals to contact a licensed mold inspector or an occupational and environmental health and safety professional who has specific work experience dealing with mold evaluation and clean-up. These professionals can look behind the walls of a home and perform indoor air quality testing as necessary. Many insurance companies will not provide this service.
AIHA President Deborah Imel Nelson, PhD, CIH, added a warning about carbon monoxide poisoning, a common hazard during hurricane cleanup and recovery.
“In the aftermath of disasters, exposure to this potentially fatal gas can occur when generators are in use, or when building or home heating and venting systems have been damaged,” she said. "Our hearts go out to all those who have been injured or who have lost family members and friends, homes and livelihoods,” Nelson continued. “We hope all of you know we are ready to help you in any way we can."
For questions about AIHA’s mold resources, please email Hayward.

AIHA Offers Guidance, Resources for Mold Following Hurricanes