5 June 2003
Industrial Hygienist should provide additional "in-house" training specific to mold
Personal Protective Equipment Requirements
In the absence of national training or certification standards, there
are many private companies, colleges and universities, and professional
organizations that provide three-day Mold Remediation Certification Courses.
Activities and Commands providing mold remediation services should ensure
that supervisors and inspectors of mold remediation attend one of these three-
day courses. Contact the local Safety and Health Office, Industrial Hygienist or
Echelon 2 Command for course recommendations.
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE). Activities must fit
test, issue and train personnel to wear respirators and ensure personnel are
medically qualified to wear a respirator (see Table 2-3.) Follow the requirements
for the Navy's Respiratory Protection Program in OPNAVINST 5100.23 Series,
Activities must not fit test personnel, assign them to work in, or
permit them to enter, areas requiring respiratory protection unless they have
been medically evaluated. Criteria for the medical evaluation of personnel can
be found in the Navy Environmental Health Center, Medical Surveillance
Procedures Manual and Medical Matrix (Edition 7).
Personnel with facial hair or any other condition that interferes with
the face-to-face-piece seal or valve function may not wear respirators with tight-
Use respirators that are currently approved by the National Institute
of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) or Mine Safety and Health
Fit test each individual required to use a respirator with a tight-fitting
face-piece at the time of initial fitting and annually thereafter. Respiratory
Protection Program Managers must develop, in concert with servicing Industrial
Hygiene personnel, a change out schedule for chemical canisters and cartridges
based on objective information or data that will ensure the canisters or cartridges
are changed before the end of their service life.