Mold - "Breaking the Mold" Mold and Construction Issues: Regulatory Update

10/17/2001

I. Introduction.
Molds can be found almost anywhere and can grow on virtually anything, so long as moisture is present.  There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment, and indoor mold exposure can give rise to allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory ailments.  Certain types of mold can produce toxins, called mycotoxins, which may cause significant adverse health effects.
 
Mold as an indoor air quality problem poses potential liability for designers and builders of homes and commercial buildings and for commercial/residential building owners.  The environmental and health and safety regulatory authorities historically have established exposure limits and imposed other work practice requirements related to the presence of asbestos and lead in buildings, but currently function only as information sources regarding mold, producing guidance documents on minimizing and dealing with mold growth in buildings.
 
This paper reviews the potential sources of mold growth in buildings and the scope of environmental and health and safety regulation related to mold in indoor air.  It briefly discusses the potential use of regulatory guidance to establish a standard of care in the context of litigation.  Using the various guidance documents published by regulatory agencies, this paper outlines the current recommendations for maintaining buildings to minimize mold growth and remediating mold in buildings.
 
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