Pasadena, CA, August 10th, 2011
As students across the nation get ready to start heading back to school, a number of news stories have recently made headlines about mold problems facing school districts. Elevated levels of mold can cause a host of potential health issues for anyone spending time in these buildings.
In Lake Zurich, Illinois, an elementary school recently discovered mold above classrooms and hallways in 17 locations. The Marietta Times last week reported on mold remediation that is required to fix a problem in an another elementary school in Ohio. Also recently, York Daily News reported that the South Eastern School District in Pennsylvania was tackling mold problem at one of their middle schools. Maine’s Sun Journal published a story about a $1 million mold removal project at the Otisfield Community School. These are just a few examples of mold causing problems in the nation’s schools.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Poor indoor air quality can impact the comfort and health of students and staff, which, in turn, can affect concentration, attendance, and student performance. In addition, if schools fail to respond promptly to poor IAQ, students and staff are at an increased risk of short-term health problems, such as fatigue and nausea, as well as long-term problems like asthma.”
“It’s important that students who spend 8 hours in classrooms have good IAQ,” reported Ben Sublasky, National Director of Client Services for LA Testing and EMSL Analytical, a leading mold and IAQ testing laboratory. “Poor IAQ can not only diminish student’s capability to learn, but it can also increase absenteeism and lead to allergies, asthma and even fungal infections in susceptible individuals.”
To help educate students, faculty and parents about IAQ issues and student performance, EMSL Analytical and LA Testing have sponsored a public outreach video on the topic:
To learn more about mold or other IAQ testing services please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 303-0047.
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