ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)
Indoor Air Pollution:
An Introduction for Health Professionals
Environmental Protection Agency
Indoor air pollution poses many challenges to the health professional. This booklet offers an overview of those challenges, focusing on acute conditions, with patterns that point to particular agents and suggestions for appropriate remedial action.
This booklet is co-sponsored by: The American Lung Association (ALA), The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and The American Medical Association (AMA)
Environmental Protection Agency
This webpage, created by the Environmental Protection Agency, provides various mold resources including an introduction to mold and basic mold cleanup, “Ten Things You Should Know About Mold”, “Asthma and Mold”, “Floods/Flooding”, “Health and Mold”, “Homes and Mold”, “Indoor Air Regulations and Mold”, “Large Buildings and Mold”, “Schools and Mold and Indoor Air Quality”, and “Publications”
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC)
OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is one of 27 research institutes and centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The mission of the NIEHS is to discover how the environment affects people in order to promote healthier lives.
Flood Clean-Up: General Guides for Clothes and Household Textiles
National Ag Safety Database (NASD) – University of Illinois Extension
Floodwaters that have passed through homes and other buildings generate health and safety concerns. Many clothing items and household articles that have been submerged may not be safe or worth the time, effort and money to try to make useable again and should be discarded. Other items may be salvageable. Remember, it is best to assume that anything touched by floodwater is contaminated.
Molds – Your Safe Home
University of Minnesota | Extension
Information from the University of Minnesota | Extension relating to mold in our homes. By Wanda Olson and McGregor Pearce (2011).
The Aspergillus Website is a worldwide comprehensive resource providing detailed information about the fungus Aspergillus and the diseases it can cause, these are usually called aspergillosis. This site is free to use and provides an encyclopedia of Aspergillus for doctors, scientists, patients and their relatives. Some parts of the site require free registration, for example the image bank.
The Aspergillus Website is governed by the Fungal Infection Trust in partnership with the University of Manchester. It has an independent Editorial Board. It is supported by educational grants from the UK National health Service and some commercial supporters.
Toxic Effects of Indoor Molds
American Academy of Pediatrics
This statement describes molds, their toxic properties, and their potential for causing toxic respiratory problems in infants. Guidelines for pediatricians are given to help reduce exposures to mold in homes of infants. This is a rapidly evolving area and more research is ongoing..
Indoor Air Quality Program
California Department of Public Health
The State of California Department of Public Health contains the first State Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Program established in the nation. Its mission is to conduct research studies related to the causes and control of indoor air pollution in California. It coordinates activities on IAQ among key government agencies, academic institutions, and industry stakeholders through the California Interagency Working Group on IAQ. It also provides technical guidance on behalf of the Department on proposed legislation, regulations, and professional standards, as well as to local health agencies and the public. Its interdisciplinary staff currently includes five full time research scientists and chemists.
An advocacy organization dedicated to helping patients diagnosed with asbestos illnesses.
Mesothelioma is a rare cancer and very few treat it. Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos particles and affects the lining of the lungs, heart, and abdomen. Asbestos is commonly found in older homes in insulation, pipe coverings, and wire coverings. It can be released into the air when these materials are disturbed or not recycled properly. We specialize in connecting patients with doctors and treatment options that are best suited for them. Our services and resources are 100% free to patients and family members.
American Board of Industrial Hygiene
Since 1960, the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) has been the world’s largest, organization for certifying professionals in the practice of industrial hygiene. The ABIH administers the Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) credential, which is a means to objectively assess and measure the professional knowledge and understanding of practitioners engaged in the specialty of industrial hygiene. The mission of the ABIH is that the CIH credential is globally recognized as the premier standard of professional competence in Industrial Hygiene / Occupational Health & Safety.
American Council for Accredited Certification
Founded in 1992, The Certification Council is North America’s oldest and most prestigious certifying body dedicated to indoor air quality. The Certification Council offers consultation services in the field of professional development in certification. ACAC (formerly known as the American Indoor Air Quality Council) is a dba of The Certification Council, and provides certifications in infection control, microbial, indoor environmental and other IAQ-related fields.
American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through Education, Advocacy and Research. With the generous support of the public, we are “Fighting for Air.” When you join the American Lung Association in the fight for healthy lungs and healthy air, you help save lives today and keep America healthy tomorrow.
Indoor Environmental Standards Organization
The Indoor Environmental Standards Organization (IESO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the creation of consensus-based standards that provide solutions for healthy indoor environments. IESO is an accredited standards development organization by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). IESO was founded in 2002 and maintains a headquarters in Rockville, MD.
National Air Duct Cleaners Association
NADCA: The HVAC Inspection, Maintenance and Restoration Association, otherwise known as the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), was formed in 1989 as a non-profit association of companies engaged in the cleaning of HVAC systems. Its mission was to promote source removal as the only acceptable method of cleaning and to establish industry standards for the association.
NADCA has expanded its mission to include the representation of qualified companies engaged in the inspection, cleaning and restoration of HVAC systems. NADCA supports members’ success with standards, education, certification, marketing and advocacy to promote the highest quality and ethical services. The goal of the association is for its members to be the number one source for consumers and other entities seeking HVAC inspection, cleaning and restoration services, and air duct cleaning.
The American Industrial Hygiene Association
Founded in 1939, AIHA is a nonprofit organization devoted to achieving and maintaining the highest professional standards for its members. More than half of 10,000 members are certified industrial hygienists (CIHs), and many hold other professional designations. AIHA administers comprehensive education programs that keep occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) professionals current in the field of industrial hygiene. AIHA is one of the largest international associations serving OEHS professionals practicing industrial hygiene and is a resource for those in large corporations, small businesses and who work independently as consultants.
A TestAmerica Company
EMLab P&K is the leading commercial indoor air quality (IAQ) laboratory in North America, specializing in the analysis of air and surface samples for mold (fungi), asbestos, bacteria, radon, and allergens. We are affiliated with TestAmerica Laboratories Inc., recognized as the nation’s leading environmental testing firm. With over 30 years experience in fungi and bioaerosol analysis, EMLab P&K has helped shape the IAQ industry. We maintain AIHA-LAP LLC, NVLAP, and CA-ELAP accreditations with a goal of providing the highest quality analysis and service in the industry. We support a diversified client base including IAQ consultants, industrial hygienists, environmental specialists, mold remediation and HVAC contractors, hospitals and medical professionals, building owners and commercial property managers, home inspectors, engineering and construction firms, and insurance, real estate, and legal professionals. Clients also include government and university researchers as well as federal, state, and local government health departments throughout the United States.
After years of experience in the healthcare industry, the founder of Bio Shield Tech recognized a need for safe, effective, reliable personal protection products to help reduce levels of destructive bacteria in critical care environments. Launched in 2005, the company’s mission is simple: to promote clean, hygienic environments for consumers, patients, and medical personnel.
Mold and the Insurance Industry
Van Wyhe Group
Insurance CE offers their extensive experience with informational articles to guide you through common pitfalls of commercial insurance. Get support with issues such as claims-made pointers, mold litigation, intellectual property rights and understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act. Articles include What is Mold, Mold Litigation, Mold: EO Pointers, Mold: The Exclusions, Mold: The Industry Response, Mold: Why Now, and The Mold Problem.
LEARN ABOUT FUNGI
Fun Facts About Fungi
Utah State University Intermountain Herbarium
We find fungi so fascinating that we wanted to share some fun facts about fungi with you. Fungi both cure and cause disease. They determine what plants grow in your yard and in forests, and keep us from being buried in waste. Some fungi taste great –others can kill you!
What is fungus? What are fungi?
Medical News Today (MNT)
Fungi (Singular: fungus) are classified within their own kingdom – The Kingdom Fungi, while some are in The Kingdom Protista. A fungus is neither a plant nor an animal. It is similar to a plant, but it has no chlorophyll and cannot make its own food like a plant can through photosynthesis. They get their food by absorbing nutrients from their surroundings.
FINN Real Estate was started in 2012 to create a locally-based Denver brokerage focused around community and life-long relationships. FINN believes strongly in giving back to the community and has incorporated philanthropy into the mission of FINN Real Estate.