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Subject: Mold health hazards

Mold health hazards

From: Mary Todd Glaser <nedcc>
Date: Tuesday, October 4, 1994
I am responding to Jean Bailey's correct observation that extreme mold
sensitivity can occur suddenly.  Yes!  Therefore one must take strict
precautions if working with materials that have experienced an active
mold outbreak.  The moldy objects should be isolated and cleaned as soon
as possible.  Persons cleaning or handling moldy materials must wear
protective gear: gloves, goggles, and, if not a toxic dust mask, a
respirator with a filter that can be changed frequently.  Cleaning
should be done outdoors, in a fumehood, or next to an open window with a
fan. (For more information request NEDCC's leaflet "Protecting Books and
Paper Against Mold" by e-mail or snail-mail, if possible - it's easier
for us administratively.)

Dormant mold spores (conidia) are found everywhere, especially in
libraries.  These spores can also create an allergic sensitivity.
Obviously library personnel cannot wear masks all day every day, but
they can maintain a housekeeping program that will keep the dust and
spores to a minimum.

                  Conservation DistList Instance 8:25
                Distributed: Wednesday, October 5, 1994
                        Message Id: cdl-8-25-005
Received on Tuesday, 4 October, 1994

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