Preventive Measures to Avoid Mould Contamination of Indoor Air

The Durham District School Board in Ontario has recognized mould as a possible causative agent for poor indoor air quality. The Board believes that staff should not teach, nor children learn, in a mouldy environment. Preventive measures are followed to avoid mould contamination of indoor air in Durham schools.

The following measures are taken in the Durham District School Board to prevent mould contamination of indoor air:

1.  Limiting carpet in new schools and additions.
2.  Removal of carpet and replacing with vinyl tile.
3.  Portable buildings are subject to an annual inspection.
4.  Portable buildings are subject to a biannual caulking program.
5.  Older style exhaust fans in portable buildings will continue to be replaced with Xpelair assemblies.
6.  Procedures are in place to report water leaks to the Facilities Services Department.
7.  Procedures are in place to report Indoor Environmental Quality concerns to the Occupational Health and Safety Department.

  Record #126, revised 2/14/2001


Related Topics (click for further information)

1. Functions of an IAQ Coordinator
2. Sources of Indoor Pollution in Schools
3. NIOSH Indoor Environmental Quality Investigation


Related Case Studies

1. Durham District School Board Indoor Environment Procedures
2. ALA Indoor Air Quality Program for Oklahoma Schools
3. Fungal Contamination Closes U.S. Elementary School
4. Waterloo District School Board Plant Operations

Primary Sources

1. Guide to Recognition and Management of Indoor Microbiological Agents


Related Resources

1. Indoor Fungi Resources
2. Managing Water Infiltration into Buildings
3. Detecting Moisture Damage and Remediating Biocontamination in Buildings
4. Developing Indoor Air Policies
5. Diagnosing IAQ Problems (section 11)
6. Fungal Contamination in an Elementary School in Southeastern Pennsylvania (Case Study)
7. How Asthma-Friendly Is Your School?
8. Moulds: Isolation, Cultivation, Identification

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