Moulds in wind turbines and risk to employees

Wind turbines are one of those odd and unusual places where you would not anticipate a mould problem. Their  construction is of almost pure metal with synthetic coating and minimum of absorptive surfaces. In recent years  employees working on wind turbines farms have started to encounter quite significant mould contamination problems. Typically internal surfaces of the [...]

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Exposure to coppper sulphate at art exhibition

Chemicals substances are rarely used in pure form for creation of art. However when the artist finds the courage to experiment some spectacular results can be achieved. I have recently had the opportunity to visit a piece of stunning art where the artist has decided to transform a small flat with copper sulphate crystals. The [...]

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Mould remediation guidelines – Part 1- New York City Guidelines

Guidelines on Assessment and Remediation  of  Fungi in Indoor Environments New York City Department of  Health and Mental Hygiene (November 2008) Open original document …. NEW YORK city has developed formal mould remediation guidelines in 1993 and since then these guidelines have been subjected to several revisions namely in 2000 and in 2008. The principal [...]

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World Health Organisation -Dampness and Mould Guidlines

World Health Organisation (WHO) has long recognised indoor air quality as an important health determinant. Most of us spend majority of time indoors whether it is in the workplace or at home and therefore the quality of the indoor air plays in important role in our health. It is estimated that we spend up to [...]

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Failed mould removal project

I have been appointed to carry out post project verification after a mould removal in a large property. A contractor has been appointed to thoroughly clean and decontaminate all internal areas of this property. The overall objectives were to reduce fungal spore level in the internal areas to normal conditions and remove any dust debris [...]

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Mould removal principles

Mould remediation (removal) can be a complex task involving cooperation of refurbishment contractors, decontamination contractors, client, loss adjusters and indoor air quality consultants. Because each remediation project is different variety of remediation methods may be used during one project. No one method is suitable for all situations which is particularly true for large and complex [...]

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Mycotoxins – Introduction

Fungi produce a whole range of chemical compounds during normal metabolic processes which are generally classed as primary and secondary metabolites. The secondary metabolites consists of a large group of chemicals compounds (over 400 have been identified so far)   with various effects on animals, bacteria and plants. The common mane of all of these chemicals [...]

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Dust and indoor air quality

Generally the levels of dust are not a problem in the indoor environment unless a close source is present in close vicinity. In this case I have been invited to investigate the indoor air quality in an office building located in an industrial part of the city. The indoor air quality in the building was not bad as [...]

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Mould in basement

Basements are particularly sensitive to mould contamination due to water penetration though the walls. Basements have not been designed to accommodate people but were usually used for storage of materials, fuels and the odd items. In recent years the number basements converted into flats or good storage areas have been steadily rising. Many challenges have [...]

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Second opinion mould inspection

Tenant – landlord relationships can sometimes escalate into serious disagreements ending up in the layers office. This week I have completed a project where moulds and mould contamination has been blamed for deterioration of tenants’ health thus warranting braking of the tenancy agreement. The tenants in this case obviously concerned with mould have appointed a [...]

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