Mold in Classrooms a Problem for Some Students and Faculty as the New School Year Begins
Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provides mold and indoor air quality testing services to identify and resolve environmental problems in the nation’s classrooms.
The beginning of the school year is when many mold problems come to light.
Students in many parts of the country have already been in class for weeks, while others start the new school year after Labor Day. Regardless of when students begin school, the indoor environmental quality of their classrooms and other facilities is an essential component for their well-being and ability to learn.
Some schools have been forced to delay the start of the school year due to mold. This was the case at Tri-Valley Elementary School in Illinois. Others have had to close specific classrooms for remediation as occurred in Colton, California. These are just a few examples out of dozens that have already taken place in just the last month.
Mold can occur in any school that has suffered water damage or has been exposed to elevated humidity levels. With the right conditions, mold can begin to grow in less than 48 hours. Mold is a known allergen, irritant, asthma trigger, and in some cases, can produce toxic substances known as mycotoxins.
Allergic reactions to mold are quite common and can be immediate or delayed. Exposure to mold, mold spores or mold fragments may cause non-sensitive individuals to become sensitive to mold, and repeated exposure has the potential to increase sensitivity. As an irritant, mold can aggravate people’s eyes, skin, nose, throat and lungs of individuals whether or not they are allergic to mold.
Breathing mold may also cause hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP), a disease that resembles bacterial pneumonia. In addition, exposure to certain types of mold, such as Aspergillus, may result in opportunistic infections in students or faculty that have a weakened or suppressed immune systems are.
“The beginning of the school year is when many mold problems come to light,” said Franco Seif, President of Clark Seif Clark. “Students and teachers who were out of the classroom for months return and begin showing symptoms. If the problem is not identified and the underlying cause isn’t resolved, the situation will only progress.”
The building science and indoor air quality professionals at Clark Seif Clark have investigated and resolved countless mold and indoor air quality (IAQ) issues in schools from coast to coast. Their experts utilize decades of experience and the latest monitoring and testing techniques available. They have also sponsored an educational video that includes a back to school IAQ checklist that can be seen at: http://youtu.be/8ktQGXR5xPA
To learn more about mold, indoor air quality and environmental testing services in schools or other buildings, please visit www.csceng.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 807-1118.
About Clark Seif Clark
CSC was established in 1989 to help clients in both public and private sectors address environmental, IAQ, and health and safety (EH&S) issues. CSC is a leading provider of these services with multiple offices along the western seaboard and southwest. The company believes in science-based protocols and has a strong background in engineering, making them the preferred environmental consultants to industrial clients, healthcare facilities, architects, schools, builders, contractors, developers and real estate professionals.
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