Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Expert: No PEL for Toxic Mold. (Indoor Air Quality)

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Expert: No PEL for Toxic Mold. (Indoor Air Quality)

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As federal and state legislation moves forward to protect workers from indoor toxic mold, an expert in water and air hygiene management believes that setting a permissible exposure limit (PEL) for mold would be a mistake.

Mark Hodgson, LRSC, director of indoor air quality for Clayton Group Services, recently testified before the New York Senate on its proposed legislation regarding toxic mold in -the indoor environment S05799-A). Hodgson has performed water quality and indoor air quality evaluations throughout the world.

"My concern about the proposed legislation was the assembly's effort to set PELs for mold," he said. "I'm happy to see the state taking action to protect the public from indoor mold, but agree with the prevailing wisdom in my field that PELs are not appropriate at this time."

In his remarks, Hodgson cited Bioaerosols, Assessment and Control, a 1999 publication of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), which explains that the organization does not support PELs for mold "because such data are arbitrary given the limited environmental and health-effects data available. …

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