How to Avoid The Dangers of Mold
Leading health authorities agree that living or working in a building with mold damage increases your risk of developing respiratory disease. Yet there are no accepted national or international standards for mold investigation, evaluation, or remediation.
Given the many complexities surrounding mold and that each person’s response to mold is unique, people often fail to recognize the signs of a potential mold issue and how indoor air quality issues can promote mold growth. Mold can grow anywhere with adequate moisture, meaning high humidity or flooding can increase your risk.
Mold Safety Resources
The following resources are meant to help you understand the risks of mold exposure, how to know if you have a mold problem, and proven ways to stop mold growth, based on experience by AIHA volunteers and existing mold safety information.
While not exhaustive, this information is best used in conjunction with other guidance documents and professional judgment by qualified consultants and public health officials.
Resources by Type
For IH/OEHS and IAQ professionals, the updated "Green Book" is available.
Scrutinized by external peer review, this new release offers expertise from industrial hygiene practitioners, academics, government officials, and scientists.
- Underlying principles & background of evaluation and control, building evaluation, data interpretation, remediation, and control.
- Images of mold found in building exterior and interior.
- Innovative methods and approaches to several situations.
- FAQs About Spore Trap Air Sampling for Mold for Direct Microscopical Examination (AIHA Mold Analysis Document)
- Mold and Dampness in the Built Environment (AIHA Position Statement)
- Mold and Dampness in the Built Environment (AIHA White Paper)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
- NIOSH Recommendations for the Cleaning and Remediation of Flood-Contaminated HVAC Systems: A Guide for Building Owners and Managers
U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration