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ITG FY03-4
5 June 2003
Do not touch moldy items with your bare hands
Do not get mold in your eyes
Wash your hands and face when leaving the site
Do not eat, drink or smoke in the area
Do not breathe in mold or mold spores
During this assessment, determine response levels and
remediation (see Chapter 2.) Non-porous (e.g. metal, glass and hard plastics)
and semi porous (e.g. wood and concrete) materials that are structurally sound
can be cleaned and reused.
Take care to identify all sources of mold contamination. In some
cases, mold growth may not be obvious or visible. Areas that may be potentially
contaminated are:
Back side of dry wall
Back side of wallpaper
Back side of paneling
Top of ceiling tiles
Underside of rugs and/or tile
Pipe chases/utility tunnels
Equipment drain pans
Behind furniture/equipment
Facilities managers, with the assistance of public works personnel,
engineers, etc. should ensure that assessments include a cost analysis to
identify the potential for replacement of the contaminated items versus
Bulk or Surface Sampling. Bulk or surface sampling is not
required or recommended prior to remediation activities. Generally, it is not
necessary to identify the species of mold growing in a particular area and the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend routine
sampling for mold. Sampling may be necessary if an individual(s) has been
diagnosed with a disease that is or may be associated with mold exposure (e.g.,
aspergillosis) and the occupational health physician or medical practitioner
desires to confirm the causative agent. Sampling for this purpose should only be
conducted under the technical direction and guidance of the servicing Industrial
Pre- and Post Remediation Air Sampling. Pre- and post-
remediation air sampling may be necessary if there is evidence from a visual


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