More steps taken to stop mold
October 29, 2002
With the results of mold testing at Lincoln County High School still not
in, officials have already taken additional steps to stop the infestation.
A mechanical engineer has inspected the site and recommended that germicidal
lights - ultra violet air purification devices - be installed in the school's
heating and air conditioning ductwork. The lights would kill the mold as well
as bacteria, germs, fungus and the like.
"We have ordered these UV units and will begin the installation upon
arrival," said Bobby Alder, facilities supervisor for the county schools
system, during a work session of the Lincoln County Board of Education earlier
this month. "The engineer will also review the mechanical drawings to make
sure that the HVAC systems are adequate for our building."
Testing for microbial contamination was conducted on Oct. 11 by a certified
industrial hygienist, with air samples and samples from visible areas as well
as from ductwork taken.
The testing is expected to identify the mold species, and the hygienist is
also expected to offer recommendations for remediation.
Concerns relating to the mold were first discussed by the board a few weeks
ago. According to discussion then, evidence of the mold is prevalent in several
classrooms mainly in the northern section of the school and in its library.
Several measures were taken by the system's maintenance staff in an attempt
to combat the ongoing problem.
©Elk Valley Times 2002
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