HHE Report No. HETA-83-139-1422, Chemung County Health Department, Elmira, New York.
NIOSH 1984 Feb:7 pages
Environmental and breathing zone samples were analyzed at the Van Etten Elementary School (SIC-8211), Van Etten, New York, on May 8, 1983. The evaluation was requested by the Chemung County Health Department, Elmira, New York to determine concentrations of airborne fungi. The school had sustained ceiling damage in a new wing when leakage occurred during reconstruction of the roof. Mold had been found growing on the ceiling in some areas of the new wing the previous September. The contaminated ceiling had been brushed and vacuumed and then cleaned with a solution of a quaternary ammonium salt. Two other schools were also sampled as controls. The average fungi concentrations in the new and old wings of the school were 177.4 and 162.1 colony forming units per cubic meter, respectively. The average concentrations in the two control schools were 104.7 and 167.1 colony forming units per cubic meter. There is no federal standard for exposure to microorganisms. The author concludes that fungi concentrations at all three schools are within normal limits. He recommends the prompt repair of all future water leaks and thorough cleaning of the class rooms in preparation for the coming school year.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-2; Education; Air-contamination; Fungi; Microorganisms; HETA-83-139-1422;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
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Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-83-139-1422, 7 pages, 3 references