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.
  • For concerns inside of Student Housing, please visit Housing & Residential Life's Managing Mold & Mildew in Residential Areas page for more information.
  • For concerns in other University of Miami buildings, please reach out to Facilities.
  • More information can be found on the Florida Department of Health website at floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/mold/ and the EPA website at epa.gov/mold.