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April 16, 2013

Re:      Free Mold Removal Training Classes to Be Held Near Communities Impacted by Sandy

Dear Mayor:

The New Jersey Department of Health today released Mold Guidelines for New Jersey Residents pamphlet created to provide direction to residents on addressing mold in homes in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.  The guidelines were developed to better inform homeowners on how to ensure their homes are cleaned and remediated properly to avoid mold problems now and in the future.  They were developed with feedback from state and federal partners as well as environmental health advocacy organizations

Molds can cause staining of walls and ceilings and can affect building components causing property damage.  Exposure to mold can cause nasal and throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or, in some cases, skin irritation.  The pamphlet addresses a number of topics including mold-related health concerns, how to inspect for mold and tools and techniques for clean-up.  The brochure will be distributed to local and county health departments and other stakeholders.  If your residents would like a copy of the pamphlet they can call 609-826-4950.  In addition, residents can also call 609-826-4950 to speak with the Department's Environmental and Occupation Health Assessment Program staff about mold removal questions.

In addition, the Department announced a series of training classes in cooperation with the UMDNJ School of Public Health to assist homeowners, volunteers and public health and building code officials in mold removal and assessment.  There will be 25 classes for homeowners and volunteers and 10 classes held for public health and building code officials. 

Classes for public health and building code officials begin this month and registration information is posted on the New Jersey Learning Management Network website.  Upcoming dates for free training are April 22 Ocean County Health Department; April 23 Rockaway Township Municipal Building; May 14 Stafford Municipal Building; and June 27 Bergen County.

Registration information for classes for homeowners and volunteers is listed on the UMDNJ-School of Public Health website and the Department of Health Hurricane Recovery website.  The training will include awareness of mold, safe work practices, personal protective equipment, respiratory protection and best practices for remediation.  Upcoming dates for free training for residents are April 27 Atlantic County Training Center, Egg Harbor Twp.; April 29 Rockaway Township Municipal Building; May 4 Stafford Municipal Building.

For more information on these classes, please contact Mitchel Rosen at the UMDNJ-School of Public Health at mrosen@umdnj.edu.

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

 

 

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