Mold and Indoor Air Quality
The University of Maryland is committed to providing a work environment that is free of recognized hazards and investigate concerns which may be related to indoor air quality (IAQ).
What affects Indoor Air Quality?
Indoor air quality may be affected by deficiencies in the ventilation system, vapors, dust generated in the work environment, materials infiltrating from outside sources (such as pollen or engine exhaust), or mold associated with moisture-affected materials.
I have concerns about air quality in my work place. What can I do?
If you have concerns regarding IAQ in your work place, contact the Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk (ESSR). ESSR personnel will speak with you to collect information on the issue(s) in the space(s).
Additionally, a service request for an IAQ survey may be placed.
What can I expect during an IAQ survey?
Typical IAQ surveys include:
- Real-time measurements for carbon dioxide, temperature, and relative humidity
- A visual inspection of accessible areas
- Review of the building ventilation
What happens after the IAQ survey is conducted?
ESSR will prepare a written report of survey results, including reported background information, measurements taken, and conclusions/recommendations. Copies of the report will be forwarded to the service requestor and any other associated personnel.
Other emergencies, including gas smells, smoke or unusual strong odors should be reported to Public Safety - call 911 from a campus phone or 301-405-3333 from any phone, or text #3333.
ESSR has Fact Sheets and a presentation available on Mold and Indoor Air Quality.
The Centers for Disease Control has information on mold on its CDC Mold Frequently Asked Questions website
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) do not recommend mold testing. There are no federal or State of Maryland standards for what is an unacceptable quantity of mold. Knowing the type of mold does not change the need to remove it.
Consumer Reports, an independent consumer advocacy group, recommends against using mold test kits due to their demonstrated unreliability.