In the best of times at CUNY, mold contamination of old leaky buildings is an ongoing problem. Moreover, the hazard posed by mold has dramatically “grown” since Hurricane Sandy and will continue to challenge us through the coming damp cold winter.
If you missed the Environmental Health and Safety Watchdog’s useful and informative workshop on “Mold in the Workplace” given by Dave Newman of NYCOSH, you have a second chance because a workshop can be scheduled for your campus. Just let us know and we can work with you to set one up.
While the mold workshop focuses on workplace, it will also be useful if you or others you know are facing mold hazard during the Sandy cleanup.
An important note: People doing Sandy clean up are encountering very high levels of mold in interior spaces. In these situations, where the area contaminated by mold is more than 100 square feet, disposable respirators (eg. N95) are NOT adequate. Please contact us if you’re in this situation and need additional assistance.
Finally, OSHA has developed two fact sheets on how to conduct a safe Sandy cleanup:
Keeping Workers Safe during Hurricane
Sandy Cleanup and Recovery
Mold Hazards during Hurricane