The Environmental Health Department in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Service has hosted two, one day ‘Mold, Moisture and Remediation Workshops’ on the Islands of Providenciales and Grand Turk on February 13-14, 2018.
The workshop was geared towards staff within the Department of Public Works, Estate Management, Environmental Health Department in addition to other Health and non-health officials.
The facilitators for the events were Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) consultants Dr. Stephane Perron M.D. who is a physician specializing in public health and preventive medicine, and an adjunct professor for the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Montreal.
He is the chief medical officer for the Urban Environment and Healthy Lifestyle division of Montreal’s public health department. He also does clinical work at the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Clinic located in the University of Montreal's Hospital Center; and Ms. Mireille Carpentier - Occupational Hygienist.
During the workshop, facilitators discussed topics such as:
- Health Effects and Mold
- Investigation of the health effects of Mold exposure in the Home and Workplace
- Moisture in buildings: how moisture gets into buildings, the relationship between air, moisture, temperature, and water.
- Mold investigation methods
- Mold sampling techniques
- Mold Remediation: Health and Safety plan, respiratory protection
Attendants also had the opportunity to participate in conducting mold assessments in some of the buildings within the Turks and Caicos. The first of the two one day sessions took place in Providenciales on February 13, 2018.
The Environmental Health Department wishes to thank the PAHO Bahamas/Turks and Caicos Islands Office for facilitating this timely consultancy in order to help build local capacity in order to respond to mold in the wake of the 2017 hurricanes which impacted the TCI.
For additional information, please contact the Environmental Health Department on 338-2143 on Providenciales or 338-2144 on Grand Turk.