IAQ Website of the Month

NIOSH Alert on Building Dampness

Each month we publish a newsletter titled IAQ Website of the Month.  The excerpt below was originally published in the December 2012 newsletter. 

If you have been keeping up with the times, you know that “damp” is a 4-letter word.   Organizations such as the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and World Health Organization (WHO) have published documents in the last decade describing the health effects of damp buildings.  Now, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) can be added to the list.  NIOSH is the federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness.

The title of the new NIOSH publication is, “Preventing Occupational Respiratory Disease from Exposures Caused by Dampness in Office Buildings, Schools, and Other Nonindustrial Buildings.”  As the title implies, the focus of the document is on preventing building dampness.  It will be especially useful for building owners, property managers and building engineers.  The document doesn’t break too much new ground, rather summarizing much of what others have published.

There are a few key areas in the document that may be of interest to you:

  • Page 4- Three case reports describing actual health problems from three problem buildings
  • Page 13- “Is Air Sampling for Mold Necessary?”  (Sneak peak: “NIOSH does not recommend routine air sampling for mold in damp building evaluations…”)
  • Page 19- Building Inspection Checklist (See if anything in their checklist isn’t already on yours!)

You can download the publication by clicking this link: NIOSH Alert of Building Dampness.

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If you have concerns about your building dampness, visit our website to schedule a consultation.

By Ian Cull

I'm I.A.N. the Indoor Air Nerd. I'm a speaker and consultant on indoor air quality issues. To learn more about me, click "about" at the top of this page.

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