Category Archives: Testing

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Hillsborough Township School District Spends $342,000 for Mold Removal

Hillsborough Township School District, New Jersey, has spent $342,000 to clean up mold at Hillsborough High School.

The mold was discovered in 11 rooms, including the video-conference room, auditorium, 2 teacher work rooms, and 7 classrooms.

According to high school Principal Karen Bingert, 8 out of the 11 rooms have been cleaned and opened while the work is underway in the other rooms.


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NASA’s Cargo Run to International Space Station Delayed Due to Mold on Packing Bags


NASA has delayed the next cargo run to the International Space Station after black mold was found in two packing bags.

According to NASA spokesman Daniel Huot, the unmanned Orbital ATK Cygnus craft was scheduled for March 10 and was more than halfway packed when the black mold was discovered in two fabric bags used for packing food, clothing, and other supplies.

According to Huot, “Micro-organisms are everywhere and this type of micro-organism is not uncommon… NASA inspects, samples and disinfects cargo bags to ensure a safe environment for the crew members.”

The cargo ship is now expected to depart by March 22 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The source of contamination is being investigated.


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Duncan Fire Station Closed due to Mold Problem

Duncan fire station number 3, located at 1701 Elder in Duncan, Oklahoma, was recently closed after mold was discovered in the living quarters and office space.

According to Duncan Fire Chief Dayton Burnside, “Once the city discovered the mold, they had it tested and got the report back…then paid an environmental specialist out of Lawton to come … and chemically treat the mold that was visible and throughout the station. The report said once we treated and all the surface mold was gone we had to rip out all the wood stuff and get behind the wood and have it re-treated again…It is up to the city manger and council if it is feasible to remove all the areas that have mold, repair and rebuild or to re-locate.”

The fire crews have been temporary relocated to the downtown fire station, however, officials plan to place a temporary building outside the fire station by Monday.


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Broken Arrow Fire Station Closes due to Mold Issues

Broken Arrow fire station 1 in Oklahoma, was temporarily shut down last week due to mold infestation in building walls.

The building, located at 120 W. Kenosha St., was flooded last week due to heavy rains and the clean-up crews reported mold in the building during their post-flood operation.

Authorities said tests are being conducted now to find out what type of mold is present and whether it could cause any health or other issues for the firefighters.

The firefighters of station 1 have temporarily shifted their equipment to Station 6, located at 3151 N. Ninth St.


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Asbestos, Mold Hazards Found in KC-Based Advance Auto Parts Store

On complaint of a worker, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA} inspected an Advance Auto Parts store located in Kansas City, Missouri, for possible asbestos, mold and hygiene hazards.

On inspection, OSHA inspectors found one repeated and ten serious safety and health violations. According to Barbara Theriot, OSHA’s area director in Kansas City, “Exposure to asbestos is a dangerous workplace issue that can cause loss of lung function and cancer, among other serious health effects. When Advance Auto uses an older building with presumed asbestos-containing material, such as floor tiles, it has a responsibility to conduct periodic air monitoring and must post warning signs for workers…The company also has a responsibility to maintain the building in a sanitary and safe manner. OSHA found persistent flooding, which caused mold growth and created lower-level slip and fall hazards. This is unacceptable.”

Following the inspection, the OSHA inspectors have imposed a fine of $60,000 on Advance Auto Parts store management.


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School Remained Closed for 4 Days due to Mold Infestation

Recently conducted test reports confirmed the presence of mold in a Catholic school located in St. Louis County, Missouri, after which it was closed for 4 days.

The tests reports showed that Penicillium, Aspergillus or Cladosporium species were present in some classrooms as well as on the furniture, ceiling tiles and band instruments. Therefore, the Queen of All Saints Catholic School, situated on Christopher, Oakville area, was closed for an extensive cleaning from September 19 to September 24.

The cleaning process, including wiping of surfaces, spraying biocides to kill mold, cleaning of ducts and air handling units as well as discarding mold infested rugs, carpets and paper products, was successfully completed. After the cleaning process, post-cleaning tests were also conducted on Wednesday.


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Black and Yellow Mold Discovered in Martin County Building

A repair work request was filed on August 13, after discovery of mold in the General Services Field Operations building of Martin County, Florida.

The black and yellow mold on the walls and ceiling was discovered by the employees.

The work order submitted by the Field Operations/Storm Water Manager Mark Gavitt, shows that there were “Signs of water damage on the ceiling and wall,” and “Water and black mold on the wall.”

As per the work order, the repair work has to be completed by September 11, 2014.


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Mold Tests to be Conducted in Katonah-Lewisboro Schools

An anonymous complaint lodged with the state Department of Labor has prompted the Katonah-Lewisboro school district, South Salem, New York, to get 5 out of 6 buildings tested for mold infestation.

Some weeks ago, the teachers union had expressed their concern regarding the presence of mold. However, the administration, after “visually re-examining the areas in question”, confirmed that there was no evidence backing up the concern. A statement released by the district stated, “Because no evidence had been discovered, no subsequent action was taken.”

Recently, as a result of the notification received on August 22 by the state Labor Department, the district has hired an environmental engineering firm to conduct air quality tests.


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Analysis Reveals ‘Normal’ Mold Level in Miami County Courthouse

A recent mold testing conducted at the Miami County Courthouse in Troy, Ohio, shows that the building has ‘normal’ mold spore levels.

The tests were conducted after a county commission candidate, Dave Fisher, said in a press conference that he has found 3 types of mold on a ceiling tile from the building. He also said that several employees believed they have mold-related illness.

Air testing was therefore conducted on August 13, at the first floor of the Courthouse, by the Environmental Doctor of Dayton. As per the test report dated August 18, the mold levels in the building were found to be ‘normal’


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Highest Mold Count Recorded for 2014; Air Quality Alert Issued

Extremely high mold count recorded in the Gottlieb Allergy Count has prompted a dangerous air quality alert in the Midwest.

According to the creator of the Gottlieb Allergy Count, Dr. Joseph Leija, “Today’s mold count is the highest for the 2014 recording season.” He further explained that, “The mold count was 53,000 today, well over the 50,000 threshold that triggers a high alert warning.”

Dr. Leija warned that this situation could cause tightening in the chest and difficulty in breathing for those allergic to mold. He suggested that the sensitive people should keep the windows closed and run the air conditioners in order to get a filtered and mold-free air to breathe in.