College Planning & Management

AUG 2012

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>> Maintenance, Repair & Custodial Care the air-handling units serving the affected area may have to be replaced once remedia- tion is fi nished. The containment area must be main- tained under negative pressure relative to surrounding areas. This will ensure that contaminated air does not fl ow into adja- cent areas. This can be done with a HEPA- fi ltered fan unit exhausted outside of the building. For small, easily contained areas, an exhaust fan ducted to the outdoors can also be used. The surfaces of all objects removed from the containment area should be remediated/cleaned prior to removal. Full Containment: Full containment is recommended for the cleanup of mold contaminated surface areas greater than 100 sq. ft. or in any situation in which it ap- pears likely that the occupant space would be further contaminated without full containment. Double layers of polyethylene should be used to create a barrier between the moldy area and other parts of the building. A decontamination chamber or airlock should be constructed for entry into and exit from the remediation area. The entryways to the airlock from the outside and from the airlock to the main contain- ment area should consist of a slit entry with covering fl aps on the outside surface of each slit entry. The chamber should be large enough to hold a waste container and allow a person to put on and remove PPE. All contaminated PPE, except respirators, should be placed in a sealed bag while in this chamber. Respirators should be worn until remediators are outside the decontamina- tion chamber. PPE must be worn through- out the fi nal stages of HEPA vacuuming and damp-wiping of the contained area. PPE must also be worn during HEPA vacuum fi lter changes or cleanup of the HEPA vacuum. Mold, whether toxic or not is unsightly and damaging to any surface on which it grows. However, in the case of toxic mold, both humans and animals would be at risk for serious health problems. Proper mold remediation is a process that involves identifying and resolving the situation that allowed moisture to enter, and then completely eliminating the existing mold through proper cleaning methods. The Environmental Protection Agency offers more information on mold prevention and remediation at www.epa.gov/mold. CPM Source: North Carolina State University En- vironmental Health & Public Safety Center 46 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / AUGUST 2012 WWW.PLANNING4EDUCATION.COM

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