Over 100 LAPD Officers File Claims Over Mold, Other Unhealthy Conditions at Southeast Community Police Station

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Over 100 LAPD Officers File Claims Over Mold, Other Unhealthy Conditions at Southeast Community Police Station

Over 100 Los Angeles Police Department officers have filed worker compensation claims reporting mold and other unhealthy conditions at the Southeast Community Police Station.

The officers alleged that the Police Station’s heating and air conditioning system vents are covered with black mold and bird feathers. They claimed that these unhealthy conditions are causing respiratory issues including asthma and sinus infections.

The Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) is demanding that the city administration takes immediate action to mitigate this problem.

LAPD spokesman Josh Rubenstein said in a written statement, “While we understand the mold spore levels do not pose a serious health risk, we are working with the Los Angeles General Services Department to remove it from the building… It is our priority to ensure that LAPD employees and the community feel safe in our stations.”


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Mold, Moisture Damage Can Enhance Risk of Asthma in Children

According to researchers at Finland’s National Institute for Health and Welfare, exposure to mold or moisture damage can increase the likelihood of asthma in children.

The findings were published in the journal Pediatrics on February 16.

According to lead researcher Anne Karvonen, “The most significant finding was that moisture damage with or without mold in the rooms where children are expected to spend most of their time is associated with increased asthma risk, and it appears to be permanent.”

The research further concluded that children were most susceptible during their first two years or if they already suffer from allergies.


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New Study Links Mold Exposure to Asthma in Middle Aged Adults

A recent study conducted by the researchers of the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne determined that the presence of mold inside homes increases the likeliness of asthma symptoms in middle age adults.

The researchers John Burgess and Desiree Meszaros found out that the study participants having more mold in their houses reported greater asthma symptoms.

While explaining his study, Burgess said,”The mold exposure that we were talking about is the typical mold that we all see in our homes from time to time, that is, mold that you see in the wet areas of the house, e.g., bathroom, kitchen and laundry…We were not talking about ‘whole-house’ mold infestation that might occur under special circumstances such as following the house being flooded.”

The study puts forth two steps of eradicating mold from homes. Firstly, cleaning it off, and secondly making sure that the rooms are dry and ventilated.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency urges that household mold should be shed off right away, and water leakages should be fixed to prevent further mold exposure.