Solving Mold Problems

  • Complete a Work Order to notify Environmental Safety Services (ESS) of the problem.
  • ESS will send you a mold questionnaire as a preliminary tool to gathering the needed information.
  • ESS will visit the site to assess the situation and meet with the author of the complaint.
  • Depending on the scope of the problem, ESS will advise Public Safety and Physical Plan. If the complaint comes from a residence hall, we will
    also notify the Director of Housing.
  • We will gather the needed information, analyze it and share our conclusions with all parties.
  • We will determine the plan of mold remediation (Identification of mold by visual inspection, correction of conditions permitting mold growth,
    removal of mold damaged materials).

In most cases, if visible mold is present, sampling is not necessary. There are no standards for “acceptable” levels of mold in buildings.
Furthermore, the lack of definite correlation between exposure levels and health effects makes data interpretation almost impossible. Usually,
testing is recommended in order to compare levels and types of mold spores between inside and outside air and to assess the effectiveness of mold
remediation.

Environmental Safety Services (ESS) and Physical Plant work together when mold is noticed in any or our facilities.

  1. The concerned employee should notify the supervisor.
  2. The supervisor or the employee will issue a work order to Environmental Safety Services (ESS).
  3. ESS will send a Mold Questionnaire to the employee to answer some basic questions and assign an investigator.
  4. After receiving the Questionnaire’s response, the ESS investigator will schedule a meeting with the employee and initiate a mold investigation.
  5. ESS will determine to either call in Custodial Services or issue an additional work order to Physical Plant to investigate further or to call in an
    outside consultant.
  6. Custodial Services could clean visible mold (using commercially available solvents such as Deploy).
  7. Damaged structures (walls, carpets) will be abated and replaced.

Since there are no government standards for acceptable mold levels in buildings, we urge employees who feel affected by mold to discuss their health issues
with their Primary Care Physician and GSU Human Resources.

For additional reading material, please look at our Brief Guide to Mold

Last updated: 2/4/2015

Environmental Health & Safety

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