Presentation at AIHA-AB Symposium.
Mold, along with other Biological Hazards, is one of 17 technical specialties that Industrial Hygienists are tested on in order to be given the title of…CIH …….. Certified Industrial Hygienist.
Our principle consultant has a Master of Science in Fungal Cell Biology from the University of British Columbia. Her thesis was on the Cell Biological Aspects of a Mold during growth & differentiation.
Our company is experienced in mold investigations in public buildings and workplaces. We can also provide investigative & sampling information for private homes. We concentrate on the different types of mold & what potential health effects are associated with these molds. Investigations may include air sampling, as well as surface sampling, or bulk sampling.
The air sampling always includes both:
- spore trap air sampling (determining the number & types of mold spores in the air), that is, spores per cubic metre of air, spores/m3.
- culture (live mold) air sampling….determining the number of live mold propagules to the genus level (colony forming units per cubic metre of air) CFUs/m3).
Different types of mold (genus & species) are known to be linked to specific health effects. Now, if a person is exposed to a specific type of mold, let’s say Aspergillus fumigatus, it does not mean that they will automatically become ill. But, let’s say this person is in the hospital undergoing chemotherapy & the person’s immune system is compromised. Serious health effects from this type of mold are far more likely. Hospital infections from this type of mold can be fatal.
Carolyn Wisdom Hon.B.Sc., B.Sc., M.Sc., CIH, CRSP