Take the Mold Course
"Introduction to Mold and Mold Remediation for Environmental and Public Health Professionals"
This course provides an overview of mold prevention and mold remediation. It is based on EPA's voluntary March 2001 guidance document Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings. Public health and environmental health professionals who are involved with mold issues may be interested in this course. Building managers, custodians, remediators, contractors, and other professionals who respond to mold problems may also want to refer to this course.Resource List for additional information. A Mold Course (PDF) (77 pp, 550 K, about PDF) of the course, a Mold Image Library, Glossary of Terms and a Knowledge Test are also available.
- These mold guidelines are for damage caused by clean water (not flood water); see the EPA Fact Sheet: Flood Cleanup - Avoiding Indoor Air Quality Problems for flood information.
- Research on mold and on its health effects continues. This course does not describe all of the potential health effects related to mold exposure; it provides only an overview. For more detailed information, consult a health professional or your state or local health department.
- Please note: EPA does not regulate mold or mold spores in the air.
Continue to instructions on How to Use This Course.
- What Molds Are
- What Mold Needs to Grow
- Health Effects That May Be Caused by Inhaling Mold or Mold Spores
- Mycotoxins and Health Effects
- The Color of Mold
- Moldy Smell
- Introduction to Mold Growth
- Moisture Problems
- Ventilation Humidity Problems
- Structural Integrity and Mold Growth
- Crawl Spaces
- Where to Look for Mold Contamination - Building Investigation
- Mold Sampling Considered
- Dry Quickly
- Assess Mold Problem
- Remediation Plan
- Mold Remediation Procedures
- Remediating Large Areas of Mold Contamination
- Mold Remediation in Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems
- Confined Spaces
- Overview of Containment
- Limited Containment
- Full Containment
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Completing Mold Remediation - Fix the water problem and clean up the mold
- Considering Bioaerosol Sampling
- Communicate When You Remediate
- Mold Prevention
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