Mold assessments generally follow guidelines set by authoritative bodies such as the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and the New York City Department of Health (NYCDOH). The widely accepted NYCDOH document, “Guidelines on Assessment a nd Remediation of Fungi in Indoor Environments”, is often used during assessment and removal of contamination. Armando Chamorro, our president and Certified Industrial Hygienist, contributed to the revision of this document, placing CIH Environmental Solutions in a unique position to provide expert advice during mold assessment and remediation.
CIH Environmental Solutions offers assessments for various phases of a project. Our initial mold assessment evaluates damages and potential causes to determine a protocol for remediation and includes visual inspection and sampling. Our visual assessment during remediat ion inspects the procedures and activities and provides guidance for contractor personnel to be in compliance with the above mentioned guidelines. Our post remediation assessment verifies completion of remediation activities via visual inspection and sampling to determine if the affected areas are suitable for reconstruction and subsequent reoccupancy. With each assessment, a detailed report is generated and includes photographic documentation, evaluation of findings and laboratory results, and recommendations, if any. Inspecting occupied areas, furnishings, and personal and office contents for microbial growth is part of our comprehensive mold inspections. CIH Environmental Solutions uses state-of-the-art equipment to inspect readily accessible areas as well as inaccessible areas where molds like Stachybotrys chartarum, a known toxic fungus, may not be visible. To help prevent microbial growth, infrared thermal imaging cameras and moisture meters are used to assess potentially wet areas that can be conducive to mold growth.