Jamie Green, Superintendent of Trinity Alps School District in California, reached out to CBS13 to help investigate how dangerous breathing mold spores could be to teachers and kids in classrooms. And to find out why no one was doing anything about it. Mold in schools is often under investigated. The answer – no required mold testing or indoor air quality regulation in California schools. No laws regulating toxic mold in schools! No State Laws! No Federal laws!
State of California and Mold in Schools
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) says they can’t set science-based exposure limits. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has not set standards for acceptable or normal levels.
Even more shocking, California does not require mold assessors and remediators to be licensed. And there are no federal mold licensing regulations.
The CDC and EPA provide guidelines for preventing, finding and cleaning up mold which are very helpful. However, there are no federal standards or regulations to determine types and amounts of mold and the legal and remediation ramifications of mold infestation. Currently, OSHA, NIOSH, EPA state that scientific research on the relationship between mold exposures and health effects is ongoing.
Recently, several states have passed legislation regarding tenant/landowner regulations, migration and financial ramifications. Hold-Help is proud of this trend toward state-mandated compliance to mold regulations for housing. However, this trend begs the question: WHY IS IT TAKING SO LONG TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN?
Trinity County Department of Public Health hired an Industrial Hygienist to test for airborne mold spores throughout schools in the district. The tests revealed very high mold levels. Now the Board of Education plans to set the nation’s first mold safety threshold for schools. Superintendent Green is calling on lawmakers to protect students state-wide.
To read the entire article written by Julie Watts and published by CBS13, click here.