The subject of mold exposures is highly controversial, poorly understood and
misperceptions abound. Many people believe that mold moves in mysterious ways,
causing many different maladies. This belief is not based on facts, and
contributes to the "scary" connotation often attributed to
mold, further perpetuating the mythology. In this presentation, Peter Pityn and
Jim Anderson will explore some of the myths about “toxic black mold” and the
factors that have given rise to these misperceptions.
The goal of the session is
to differentiate fact from fiction and thereby provide what they believe is the
best evidence of the real health issues associated with mold.
objectives for the audience:
• Evidence that the risk of mold is often
overstated, mis-stated, or misunderstood
• Well established clinical and
scientific knowledge contradict the myths of “toxic black mold”
• Public Health
Guidelines: mixed messages
• Mold investigations and over-prescribed sampling
Presenters: Peter Pityn and James J Anderson
Peter has worked extensively in
occupational hygiene and environmental health consulting for the last 30+ years
dealing with a wide range of issues from air contamination, to sick buildings,
exposures to toxic substances, inhalational diseases, worker illness
investigations, and so on. He is also the technical director of an ISO 17025
certified laboratory operated by OSHTECH. In recent years, Peter has conducted a
number of research studies on mold exposure, which have been published and
presented to medical, engineering and scientific audiences. Peter and his
colleague, Jim, have been invited by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma,
and Immunology on a number of occasions to present seminars dealing with
misperceptions about mold.
Jim is a specialist in environmental allergies and
aerobiology. He has been in private practice working with OSHTECH for the last
several years, but his career included several years of work in the clinical and
research environment. Among other things, Jim is certified by the American
Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology for enumeration of pollens and molds.
At AAAAI he is a longstanding member of the Aerobiology Committee and also the
group of Allied Health Professionals. Jim has conducted many investigations of
mold exposures in schools, homes, court buildings, offices, etc. Jim has
contributed to a number of very recent conference presentations, journal
publications, educational and training seminars, etc. on the subject of mold and
pollen exposures, as well as impacts of climate change. Jim has been invited by
the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology on a number of occasions
to present informative seminars for clinicians on the subject of separating
facts from fiction about mold.
CIPHI Seminar Series is approved by Council of
Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of
the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI). For more
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