The Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) program requires an integrated command approach to ensure the maximum program effectiveness, protecting the Soldier's health and welfare while safeguarding DA assets. The primary goals for the Installation IAQ program are as follows:
- Protect occupants of Installation buildings
- Protect the facility investment
- Comply with all applicable laws and regulations related to IAQ
- Establish preventative maintenance program based on priority of risk
Evaluating Air Quality
Reoccurring mold growth or mold growth measuring greater than 10 square feet may be the result of an underlying problem and should be assessed by trained personnel to determine the proper course of action.
If an indoor air quality concern is observed, personnel should contact the facility manager for submission of a DMO through the DPW Help Desk at 337-531-1379.
Ten Things you should know about Mold
1. Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints. High risk occupants, which include children, elderly persons, pregnant peoples, immunocompromised peoples, and/or anyone with an existing lung condition, may be more susceptible to symptoms.
2. Mold spores occur naturally and can be found everywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present.
3. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold growth and/or mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
4. Identify and fix the moisture source to prevent mold growth.
5. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by: venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside; using air conditioners and de-humidifiers; increasing ventilation; and using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning.
6. Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
7. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with frequent condensation).
8. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
9. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, should be replaced.
10. Bleach does not kill mold spores, it can be used to help remove the stain after the area has been cleaned.