Academic journal article Environmental Health Perspectives

DVD Offers Mold Remediation Tips

Academic journal article Environmental Health Perspectives

DVD Offers Mold Remediation Tips

Article excerpt

With homeowners and volunteers--not remediation specialists--performing much of the cleanup and rebuilding along the Gulf Coast following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, there's been a greater need for reliable information about avoiding adverse effects of mold exposure. Now a group of several community partners including the Community Outreach and Education Core of the NIEHS Center for Environmental Health in Northern Manhattan (located at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health), the Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service (LSA/FHS) in East Harlem, and the National Center for Healthy Housing has produced a DVD that offers simple, clear instructions on flood-related mold remediation for homeowners, volunteers, and small-scale contractors.

Mold Clean-Up Guidance for New Orleans Area Residents Affected by Hurricane Katrina is a 22-minute instructional video that walks viewers through examples of the hazards that can be encountered when cleaning and repairing homes damaged by mold. Narrated by Ray Lopez, the environmental program manager of LSA/FHS, the DVD is divided into eight separate sections that cover a range of topics including recommended personal protective equipment, proper mold cleanup materials and methods, directions for safe handling of personal possessions, steps for safe rebuilding, and general health and safety advisories. …

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