Mold Myths and Mysteries

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11 am PT / 12 pm MT / 1 pm CT / 2 pm ET
*approximate length: 45 minutes to 1 hour

Presenter:  Dr. Kevin E. Aikman, Ph.D., CIH, FAIHA

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This presentation will include an overview of the current best practices for building-related mold assessments and on-going management in commercial and public buildings. A building manager has many challenges in operating and maintaining a healthy building. One of those challenges includes managing the potential for mold growth and other moisture-related issues. The dynamics of addressing indoor mold issues are directly related to the type of building, occupants in the building (mixed use), age of the building, specialized systems in the building, maintenance history, and the level of training for those maintaining the building. The goal of this presentation will be to provide building managers with a better understanding of current issues and mysteries surrounding mold contamination within the built environment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Provide building managers with the basic history and understanding of mold in the indoor environment
  • Outline what should be included in a quality mold assessment and how to select a competent professional
  • Provide an overview of current mold standards and regulations
  • Recognized the difference between a localized pipe leak compared to a chronic building-related moisture issue or flood
  • Develop an understanding of the proper work practices and procedures to remediate mold damaged building materials in an occupied building

Kevin Aikman Dr. Kevin Aikman earned his Ph.D. in Plant Biology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1992. Kevin started his professional environmental consulting career in the same year with an initial emphasis on Lead-Based Paint inspections that included an accredited trainer at the University of Illinois at Chicago campus.  He earned his ABIH certification as a Certified Industrial Hygienist in 1998 and was named an AIHA Fellow in 2014.  Dr. Aikman is the Laboratory Director for the FACS NVLAP accredited laboratory and holds several asbestos professional licenses in IL as a Project Designer (also IN), Management Planner, Building Inspector, Asbestos Project Manager and Air Sampling Professional.  In his current role as Principal Scientist at FACS, he actively directs and provides technical oversite on projects in several practice groups including Hazardous Building Materials, IH Exposure Assessment, Indoor Environmental Quality, Mold & Moisture and Litigation.

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