Free Mold and Moisture Workshop

Sent in by the American Lung Association:

The American Lung Association, in partnership with Turner Building Science and Design, is hosting a free and timely workshop, “Combining Mold Testing and Building Science Diagnostics for Public Health Assessments” on Thursday, October 6, 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Pavilion Auditorium in Montpelier. Bill Turner, M.S., P.E., program presenter, is a nationally-recognized trainer and long-time board member of the American Lung Association in Maine.

“Water damage from Tropical Storm Irene poses special problems for Vermonters with existing lung disease and may increase the likelihood of the development of lung disease,” said Kent Booraem, chair of the Lung Association in Vermont Leadership Board. Damp buildings and furnishings promote the growth of microorganisms, dust mites, cockroaches and mold, which can aggravate asthma and allergies and may cause the development of asthma, wheeze, cough and hypersensitivity pneumonitis in susceptible persons.

Occupants often report ill health effects from water damage in buildings even when there are no visible signs of mold. Observations and typical airborne mold measurements may miss hidden mold growth inside walls. This workshop will provide facility managers, public health officials and health and safety personnel the basics of moisture and mold growth, how to assess, sample and interpret results.

The workshop is free, but registration is requested. To register, contact kporter@hlturner.com. For more information about the American Lung Association, visit www.lungusa.org or call 1-800-LUNG-USA.

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