Mold Remediation

The presence of mold is not actionable. Mold grows secondary to a chronic moisture problem. The moisture problem is actionable. Extensive mold growth can be actionable nuisance as it does present significant health risk to the individual. i.e. Asthma or allergic response. There is no established action level for mold.


Legal Authority:

Summary of Mold Remediation: Extensive mold growth in or on building components or materials stored within a building is considered a public health nuisance subject to enforcement action or removal by the Board of Health pursuant to M.G.L. c. 111, sec. 122. Mold growth inside buildings can lead to adverse health symptoms in building occupants. Preventing or minimizing exposure to mold and its contaminants is essential to reduce indoor air-related symptoms in building occupants. If water damage or mold growth does occur, the removal of mold-contaminated materials and remediation of the moisture source is critical. The following guidelines are provided to reduce or minimize exposure to mold in buildings.

Building materials can become mold colonized as a result of chronic exposure to moisture. Measures to repair sources of water release or penetration into a building must be taken to prevent future damage to building components and materials.


Board of Health Inspection responsibilities at a glance:

***Action on Mold is addressed as a housing problem for moisture or water intrusion. The Goal of the BOH will be to ensure that the source of water or moisture intrusion is eliminated and future occurrence is prevented

1) Receive complaint (online reporting system, phone, in person, etc.)

2) get specific details on complaint

3) name of complainant

4) location of complaint

5) contact number

6) Ensure complaint is given to Health Inspector

7) Contact complainant

8) Setup and conduct inspection

9) Document all violations

10) Send violation letter to owner if violations are observed

11) Afford a hearing to owner/ resident being cited

12) In case of non-compliance follow departments protocol for further regulatory action

13) Follow up re-inspection

14) Once in compliance closure of case


Useful Links:

Learn about mold

Remediation and Prevention of Mold Growth and Water Damage in Public Schools/Buildings to Maintain Air Quality

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/environmental-health/exposure-topics/iaq/pollution/mold/prevention-of-mold-growth-and-water-damage.html

What to Wear Before Entering a Home or Building With Mold Damage:

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