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Pennsylvania Mold Management Task Force Report

The Pennsylvania General Assembly, through the introduction of Senate Resolution 171 of Session 2001-02 (adopted June 18, 2002), House Resolution 434 of Session 2001-02 (adopted June 17, 2002), and House Bill 1187 of Session 2003-04, has previously expressed an interest in the development of such a task force to examine the issue of mold, its assessment, its remediation, and its effects on human health in indoor environments.  Although similar legislation has not yet passed the full General Assembly in the current session, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) moved forward to convene a task force to address these public health issues.

 

The Pennsylvania Mold Task Force (Task Force) was established with the intent of investigating the broad issue of mold contamination in homes and schools as well as in other public and private buildings throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  The objectives of the Task Force were both (1) to improve understanding of issues related to mold amplification in the indoor environment and (2) to reduce the negative consequences associated with the performance of mold assessment and remediation by individuals or groups lacking the qualifications to perform quality work.

 

In order to facilitate the meetings of the Task Force and provide a written report, the PA DOH entered into an agreement with Drexel University. Under the direction of PA DOH, Hernando Rafael Perez, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Public Health, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, facilitated four meetings of the Task Force, coordinated a comment period, and prepared this report (See Appendix F for Dr. Perez’ biosketch).  A broad range of stakeholders throughout the commonwealth were represented on the Task Force including mold abatement experts, affected consumers and homeowners, real estate licensees, home builders, insurance officials, academicians, health and medical experts, school system officials, health officials, and others. From its inception, the Task Force was intended to meet over a finite period of time and develop recommendations to be delivered to the Pennsylvania General Assembly in a timely fashion.  The Task Force met quarterly during 2005.  During these meetings, Task Force members presented their viewpoints and discussed mold-related issues as a group. The recommendations of the Task Force focus on four areas: public education, assessment and remediation, licensing and certification of mold assessors and remediators, and insurance coverage for mold assessors and remediators.  This report provides background on the issue of mold and describes the conclusions and recommendations of the Task Force regarding each of the four critical areas described above.

 

 

 Quick Links

 

Full Report (pdf)

 

Resources

 

American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH)

http://www.abih.org

   

American Lung Association (ALA)

http://www.lungusa.org/

 

Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)

Certified Safety Professionals Information

http://www.bcsp.org/

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

http://www.cdc.gov/

 

Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania (DEP)

http://www.dep.state.pa.us/

 

Environmental Protection Agency, United States (EPA)

http://www.epa.gov/

 

Environmental Protection Agency, United States (EPA)

Mold Resources

http://www.epa.gov/mold/moldresources.html

 

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

www.cdc.gov/niosh

 

National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)

Licensing Information

http://www.nspe.org/Licensure/index.html

 

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

http://www.osha.gov/

 

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Safety and Health Topics, Mold and Fungi

http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/molds/index.html

 

Publications

  

A Brief Guide to Mold in the Workplace, 2003

United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

http://www.osha.gov/dts/shib/shib101003.html

 

A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Office of Air and Radiation

http://www.epa.gov/mold/moldguide.html

 

“Crypto” Facts for People Living with Compromised Immune Systems Fact Sheet

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

http://www.cdc.gov/crypto/gen_info/prevent_ic.html

   

Mold Prevention Strategies and Possible Health Effects in the Aftermath of Hurricanes and Major Floods

June 2006 National Center for Environmental Health

http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/mold/report/

 

Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings, March 2001

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Office of Air and Radiation

http://www.epa.gov/mold/mold_remediation.html