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NIOSH Develops Mold & Dampness Assessment Tool

December 27, 2018

NIOSH Develops Mold & Dampness Assessment Tool

NIOSH has developed the Dampness and Mold Assessment Tool for both general buildings and schools to help employers identify and assess areas of dampness in buildings.

   Office buildings, schools, and other nonindustrial build-ings 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. The Dampness and Mold Assessment Tool guides 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 tool provides an easy-to-use checklist and instructions for assessing and recording any damage that is found and for tracking conditions through time.
   —Please see https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/updates/upd-12-11-18.html for more on this.