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WS9: Best candidates for a health-based guideline for indoor moisture/mould
Monday, 13/June/2022:
3:30pm - 5:00pm

Session Chair: Juha Pekkanen
Session Chair: Mark Mendell
Location: CA100

Session Abstract


Indoor moisture/mould is a key source of indoor pollution and ill health. However, there is no consensus on a health-based guideline or even on the best indicators to use, which is a barrier to effective prevention and management of indoor moisture/mould.


For a health-based guideline for indoor moisture damage/mould:

-identify the best potential indicators, based on current evidence on associations with health

-identify potential health-based guidelines or for research needed to develop such guidelines


Setting a health-based moisture/mould guideline, and the current best inspection-based observable indicators to use, based on evidence

Mark Mendell California Department of Public Health, California, USA

Are there good microbial measurements for setting a health-based moisture/mould guideline?

Ju-Hyeong Park Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/NIOSH, Morgantown, West Virginia, USA

Structural building investigations as basis for a health-based guideline – a practitioner’s view

Miia Pitkäranta Vahanen Group, Helsinki, Finland

Current guidelines in different countries

Mark, Mendell, Audience

Guided Discussion

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ID: 665
Topics: 1a. Indoor air quality, health and wellbeing - Biologicals, gaseous, particles, 7a. Drivers of indoor microbiological exposure - Moisture, dampness, new solutions, 12. Regulation, standards, policy, guidelines, education
Keywords: Guideline, moisture, mould, health, risk

Best candidates for a health-based guideline for indoor moisture/mould

Chair(s): Juha Pekkanen (University of Helsinki, Finland), Mark Mendell (California Department of Public Health, California, USA)

Presenter(s): Mark Mendell (California Department of Public Health, California, USA), Ju-Hyeong Park (CDC/NIOSH, USA), Miia Pitkäranta (Vahanen Oy, Finland)

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