MOLD SAMPLING ASSESSMENT
Conventional Mold Sampling:
The primary purpose of mold sampling is to confirm or rule out the probability that mold is growing or originating indoors. The secondary purpose is to identify and quantify mold spore types and concentrations indoors for potential health risk assessment. There are three conventional mold-sampling methods:
- Surface sample; involves using a sterile swab or direct tape lift to collect mold from a surface for direct microscopic examination and analysis.
- Bulk sample; involves physically extracting a piece of material from a surface for culturing or direct microscopic examination and analysis.
- Air sample; involves trapping air in a special cassette specifically designed for direct microscopic examination and analysis.
Your inspector will make sampling recommendations based on observations made in the visual inspection.
- All sampling supplies and field documentation
- All laboratory fees and analytical reports
- Data interpretation of laboratory reports and documentation of elevated and/or unusual mold conditions according to Health Canada, United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), and American Conference for Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) references.
- Independent analytical review by a highly qualified RespirCare Analytical Data Review Specialist with an appropriate Board Awarded American Council for Accredited Certifications (ACAC) certification.
- Analytical review includes a reference report with links to the USEPA, Health Canada or IICRC S500 and S520 recommended guidelines for self-clean up or referral to an appropriate specialist.