Industrial Hygiene and Air Quality

 

  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Hazard Communication
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Hearing Conservation Program
  • Chemical Monitoring
  • Asbestos
  • Lead
  • Thermal Stress
  • Confined Spaces


Contact: Raul F. Garcia-Casariego CSP, CHMM @ 305-243-8443


Information on Mold and Humidity in Florida

  • Molds are a natural occurrence in our ecosystem and are common in both the indoor and outdoor environments.
  • To grow, mold only needs a nutrient source, a space conducive for growth and moisture. Tips for prevention include cleaning regularly and addressing leaks or spills as they occur.
  • Set room temperatures to comfortable levels, ideally between 70° and 74°F. Temperatures that are too high or too low may result in temperature gradients that can increase moisture levels.
  • There are no federal testing or exposure limits for mold.
  • In order for mold to amplify (grow) water must be present. This can be in the form of high levels of relative humidity (> 60%) or water activity on building surfaces resulting from leaks, floods or condensation. Leaks and spills should be identified, cleaned and dried in a timely manner.
  • If you have a concern about mold, please reach out to your respective building representatives, such as Facilities or Housing.
  • More information can be found on the Florida Department of Health website at http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/mold/index.html and the EPA website at https://www.epa.gov/mold.

Prevention

Here is what building occupants can do:

  1. Immediately report to Physical Plant any water damage to any building surfaces or water entry into the building envelope.
  2. Report to Physical Plant any discoloration on building surfaces, such as ceiling / tiles, walls, wallpaper, etc. which suggests the presence of mold.
  3. Report to Physical Plant and EHS the presence, or suspected presence of mold.
  4. Report to Physical Plant if environmental conditions favorable for mold amplification appear to be present (excessive relative humidity, surface condensation, dust accumulation on air supply registers, drastic changes in temperature).
  5. Obtain factual, professional information from EHS and do not rely on rumors or hearsay.