Some health hazards associated with water-damaged or flooded buildings are well recognized and others are not so well known. Safety hazards, physical agents, chemical hazards and microbiological organisms are among the issues of concern after a building sustains water damage. Specific examples of flood-related hazards include unstable structures, electrical problems, slips, trips, and falls, lead, asbestos, silica and a variety of microbial agents (such as pathogenic viruses and bacteria, parasites, and fungi). In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, many in the Eastern part of the US, including the tri-state area, are dealing with flooding and water damage.
If you’re dealing with a flooded building, this new one-day program will help you understand how to manage the problem, protect yourself and minimize your potential liability. It will also make you an educated consumer of remedial services or better able to advise your constituencies as to the appropriate response to these catastrophic water events. You will learn what NOT to do to make a bad situation worse. This course was designed specifically for busy professionals who are or may be involved in the investigation and resolution of flooding of the built environment. Using real-world case studies, you will learn how to respond to known or suspected microbiological and/or chemical contamination in a flooded building and produce scientifically sound recommendations for remedial activities.
- Review of the problems of flooded buildings
- IICRC S-500, ACGIH Bioaerosols and AIHA Field Guide & "Green Book"
- Physical, chemical and (micro) biological contamination
- The health effects associated with flood hazards
- Protecting yourself
- Preliminary assessment and hazard classification
- Investigative procedures, sampling methodologies and results interpretation
- Water and moisture control basics
- Drying buildings in cold weather – it ain't so easy or simple
- Effective remediation techniques including the "Pittsburgh Protocol"
- Biocides – good or bad
- Project "clearance" activities and QA/QC
- Who is qualified to do this type of work
- (A Little) Building Science as it relates to flooded buildings
- Smart reconstruction techniques
- What about crawlspaces?
Who Should Attend?
Environmental and safety consultants; insurance adjusters and risk managers; attorneys; architects; engineers; building owners; home owners; property managers; first responders; general contractors; restoration contractors; building and facility managers; home inspectors and radon contractors; developers, builders and real estate professionals; public health personnel and industrial hygienists.
Michael McGuinness, CIH, CET, CIAQP, ABIH-IEQ
RK Occupational & Environmental Analysis
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The March 12, 2013 offering of this course was approved for the following credits. We will reapply for similar credits the next time the course runs, but we cannot guarantee credit approval for future offerings.
NJ Health Officers and REHSs - Rutgers University, NJAES, Office of Continuing Professional Education has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs). Participants who complete this education program will be awarded 6.5 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).
American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) - 6 ASHI CE Hours
NJ Professional Engineers - 6 Credits
NJ Home Inspectors - pending
This course is eligible towards PDHs for Pennsylvania Professional Geologists.