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Model mold response

University Business, December 2018

The University of Maryland created a webpage (UBmag.me/mold) to keep the campus informed about mold remediation efforts, including FAQs such as:

Q: What steps can I take to help prevent mold growth?

A: The key is moisture control:

  • Keep windows closed, particularly during periods of high humidity and rain.
  • If you observe flooding or water intrusion in your building, report these conditions as soon as possible.
  • Keep furniture and storage containers at least 12 inches from the air conditioner/heater. Furniture can block airflow.

Q: How does mold affect people?

A: Exposure can cause allergy-like symptoms (nasal stuffiness, eye irritation) and skin irritation. Mold may also exacerbate asthma. More severe symptoms include wheezing or shortness of breath. ... Those with medical conditions or those who experience symptoms should consult medical personnel.


LINK TO MAIN STORY: Mold forces colleges to relocate students


Q: Why are you confident that the cleaning will be effective?

A: By following federal guidelines and additional recommendations from industrial hygiene professionals, the university expects the spaces to be within the recommended parameters for occupancy. An audit of each space is being completed to ensure that each step of the process was followed by contractors. Residential Facilities staff expect that the humidity will be stabilized to a more comfortable and typical indoor level.