Industrial Hygiene
Indoor Air Quality and Mold 
INDOOR AIR QUALITY AND MOLD
Industrial Hygiene personnel measuring air flow in a plenum.Army IH provides comprehensive indoor air quality (IAQ) surveys, in-depth studies, and desktop or onsite consultations upon request.
We have the unique capability of offering a multidisciplinary team approach.
Our IH experts include professional mechanical engineers, certified industrial hygienists, certified indoor environmental consultants, engineering and industrial hygiene technicians, laboratory analytical consultants, occupational physicians, epidemiologists, and risk communication specialists.
We also develop and review IAQ-related documents and reports, offer IAQ and mold training classes and 3-day workshops, and often provide public speaking appearances on IAQ topics.
Army IH can address the following IAQ issues and other “sensitive” or “unique” indoor air or environmental concerns:
  • Sick building syndrome
  • Building-related diseases
  • Mold and other indoor air bioaerosols and allergens
  • Formaldehyde off-gassing from building materials
  • Ventilation inadequacies
  • Thermal comfort issues
  • Volatile organic compounds vapor intrusion
  • Particulate matter (ultrafine, PM10, and PM2.5 particles)


Our Main Customer Base Indoor air quality meter

All military installations:
  • Garrison
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Environmental Health
  • Public Works
  • Facilities Engineering
  • Safety Offices
We handle special requests from:
  • US Army Installation Management Command
  • Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management
  • Office of the Surgeon General for the Army
Past Customers
  • Army Depots
  • DoD Schools
  • Pentagon Force Protection Agency
  • HQ Developmental Testing Command
  • Civilian Personnel Offices
  • Defense Logistics Agency
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Army National Guard
  • US Army Environmental Command
  • US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases
  • US Army Space and Missile Defense Command
  • US Army Kwajalein Atoll

Useful Links

Government Resources

 OSHA Indoor Air Quality external link icon

 EPA IAQ Publications and Resources external link icon

 Take a Tour of the IAQ House external link icon

 Care for Your Air: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality external link icon

 Federal Interagency Committee on Indoor Air Quality (CIAQ) external link icon

 Formaldehyde - USAPHC Fact Sheet

 Hantavirus Prevention - Cleanup of Rodent Contamination - USAPHC Technical Information Paper

 Histoplasmosis - NIOSH publication 2005-109 external link icon

Non-Government Resources (to purchase)
 

 ANSI/ASHRAE 62.2 -2013--Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings external link icon

 Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy (55-2010) external link icon


MoldMold in an air duct

Mold is a non-scientific term that in popular jargon generally refers to members of a few dozen filamentous fungi.
Mold growth on building surfaces not only damages these surfaces, but also affects air quality as intact spores, as well as spore and mycelial fragments, are dispersed in the air.


  USAPHC Fact Sheet: Efflorescence
Efforescence is sometimes mistaken for mold!

 Industrial Hygiene and Preventive Medicine Mold Assessment Guide - TG 278 (Please note the Mold Investigation Decision Logic Notes on page 7)


Environmental Protection Agency Mold Resources


 Mold and Moisture external link icon

 Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings external link icon

 A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home external link icon

 Other Mold Resources from the EPA external link icon

 

 National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases external link icon - Provides information on allergies

 National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) external link icon
The NIEHS mission is to reduce the burden of human illness and dysfunction from environmental causes by understanding each of these elements and how they interrelate.

 National Library of Medicine - Medline Plus - Molds external link icon
Information in English and Spanish on molds including cleanup, health aspects, organizations dealing with it, and other resources.

 Facts About Mold external link icon
NY State Dept of Health - IAQ- Information about Mold

Guidelines on Assessment and Remediation of Fungi in Indoor Environments external link icon
This 2008 document revises existing guidelines.  
It is a review of the current literature regarding fungi (mold) and comments from a review panel consisting of experts in the fields of mycology/microbiology, environmental health sciences, environmental/occupational medicine, industrial hygiene, and environmental remediation. 

 Minnesota Department of Health: Mold in Homes external link icon
Information regarding health concerns associated with mold exposure in the home and advice on finding and removing mold contamination.

 
Mold in my Home-What Do I Do? external link icon
California Department of Health Services addresses questions and concerns regarding mold in the home and other indoor environments, test interpretation, and cleanup methods.


Non-Government Resources

 AIHA: The Facts About Mold external link icon
This Fact Sheet is a joint effort by the following AIHA Technical Committees:

  Environmental Microbiology Laboratory Accreditation Program external link icon
Specifically for labs identifying microorganisms commonly detected in air, fluids, and bulk samples during indoor air quality studies.

 Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America (AAFA): Mold Allergy external link icon
AAFA is a nonprofit patient organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with asthma and allergies and their caregivers, through education, advocacy, and research.