Quarterly DASHO Conference Call Agenda
April 23, 2002
Time: 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM Eastern Time
Phone Number: 1-800-767-1750 Access Code 15076#
Subject: Toxic Mold -- Stachybotrys
Audience: All Employees, Infection Control, Employee Health, Union Representatives, and Safety Officials
Objective of the Call: To provided knowledge concerning: The health effects of toxic mold - stachybotrys, where it is found, when it can be at a level that is a health hazard, how do you get rid of it or keep it from growing (e.g., in a hot humid environment - such as found in a hospital SPD), regulatory implications, and a review actions taken after an out break.
|1 - 1:05 PM
- John Hancock
- Hearing Conservation Educational Package Distributed to facility safety managers.
| 1:05 - 1:20 PM
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects, Air Pollution and Respiratory Health Branch -- Clive Brown M.D. and David Warner M.D.
|1:20 - 1:35 PM
Environmental Protection Agency, Region 6,
Multimedia Planning & Permitting Division, Toxics Section
Michael C. Miller @ (214) 665-7550
1:35 - 1:40 PM
VAMC Experience - Sharon Ales, Chief of SPD
|1:40 - 1:50
||Questions and Answers --
- If you did not have time to ask your question during the conference call, you may
e-mail your questions/concerns to email@example.com or call Frank Denny at (202) 273-9743.
Note: The Office of Occupational Safety and Health has contacted officials of agencies and/or organizations for this conference call that can represent their agency/organization's and/or are expects in their field. However, verbal statements and/or paraphrased questions and answers (found at the bottom of this agenda), are informational and have not been cleared as policy in-of-themselves. Links have been provided to this call that allow agency/organizational polices to be viewed. Questions and answers are viewed on the intranet only.
Links with additional information:
Cal/OSHA -- Public Health Effects of Toxic Mold - March 7, 2001 -- Hearing
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Question from VAMC West Virginia: We may have mold growing on cinderblock walls. What should we do to get rid of it?
Answer from Michael Miller: If it is growing on something it would be the dust. However, what you may be seeing is calcium deposits forming not mold. If it was mold detergent is the best remedy - maybe a little bleach if necessary.
Question from C. Brown M.D.: What was to source of the water at the VAMC?
Answer from Sharon: A washer had a small leak.
Question from VISN 1: What type of respirator should be used for mold, i.e., on ceiling tile?
Answer - from Michael Miller: For less than 100 square feet an N95 but for more than 100 square feet additional protection should be considered. From C. Brown M.D.: Time is very important particularly for hospitals. The longer one waits the bigger the problem.
Question from Pat: Will UV light kill mold?
Answer from Michael Miller: There is no independent evidence that UV light kills mold. It is important to note that it is more important to remove the source of what support mold growth than kill it.
Question: How important is air samples and colony counts?
Answer from Michael Miller and Dr. Brown: Not of very much value.
Respiratory distress and allergic reactions are common symptoms. Additionally, if someone has a fever that is non-responsive to anti-biotics.
Molds produce many different toxins - even the same mold will produce a different toxin in a different environment. People react to different toxins differently and at different levels.
Removing moisture is the best control measure. Removing the mold and material around the mold is the best corrective action.
Mold in a healthcare environment must be given attention
List of organizations contractors should have certifications from: