Safe and Effective 

Flood and Mold Remediation –

after Super Storm Sandy and other Natural Disasters.

March 13 – 15, 2013
at the  Seaview Hotel and Golf Club – Conference Center; Galloway, N.J.
(near Atlantic City, New Jersey)

International Conference  - Well Done

  • More than 53 Presentations and Papers

  • Attendees from around the world including France, Iceland, Canada, USA

  • Presentations by NJ & NY-DOH, NIOSH, OSHA, FEMA

  • Public Health & Remediation Industry Specialists

  • Union Safety and Health  Representatives

  • Conference Summary available now!
Keep checking these web pages for up-dates regarding speakers and events - program in development



Safe and Effective Flood and
Mold Remediation –

after Super Storm Sandy and other Natural Disasters.


Building Owners and Managers, Flood and Mold Restoration and Clean-up Workers and Contractors, Investigators, Public Health Officials, Union representatives, Industrial Hygienists, Occupational & Environmental Health Physicians, Microbiologists, Safety Engineers, Insurance Agents, and the Interested Public attended.

State-of-the-art knowledge and practical experiences about the understanding of microbials (bacteria, mold, mycotoxins) after flood and water damage, adverse human health effects, as well as effective control and prevention of microbial exposures were covered. It included an exhibition and demonstration of technical equipment.

For a summary see here: Review of health hazards and prevention measures for response and recovery workers and volunteers after natural disasters, flooding, and water damage: mold and dampness.

Conference Topics:

    • Flood and Mold Clean-Up after Natural Disasters, Flooding, Icing & Water damage
    • Risk management and emergency response
    • Medical problems and prevention of harmful bioaerosols
    • Worker, volunteer and building occupant protection (PPE)
    • Investigation technology and methods
    • Safe remediation and restoration
    • Restoration and conservation of art work, books, etc.
    • Legal issues
    • Special item: Safety in Artwork, Documents, Furniture and Precious Item Cleaning & Restoration

Speakers included:

  • Harriet M. Ammann, Ph.D., DABT, Prof., Environmental Health, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle Washington; USA

  • Pierre L. Auger M.D., M.Sc., FRCPC, Occupational Medicine - Montréal, Québec, Canada
  • Terry Brennan, M. Environmental Studies, Camroden Associates, Inc., Westmoreland, N.Y.
  • Denis A. Charpin, M.D., Prof., Department of Pulmonology and Allergy, Marseille University Hospitals, France.
  • Eugene Cole, Prof., Environmental Health Sciences, Brigham Young University, Provo,UT.
  • Jean M. Cox-Ganser, Ph.D. , The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Morgantown, W.V., USA
  • Christopher D'Andrea , CIH, Acting Director at New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Mark Drozdov, CCT, SSM, ( NY Past President), New York, USA
  • Rick Engler, Director, New Jersey Work Environment Council (WEC)
  • Karin Kahn, Esq., Hinton Alfert & Kahn LLP, Walnut Creek, California, USA
  • Claude Mainville, P.E. - Naturair-Kiwatin, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Philip R. Morey, Ph.D., CIH, EnvironCorp, Principal Consultant- Microbiology, Gettysburg, Pa, USA
  • Ed Olmsted, CIH, Olmsted Environmental, New York. USA
  • Michael Pinto, Wonder Makers Environmental, Kalamazoo, MI, USA
  • Richard  Shaughnessy, PhD,  University of Tulsa, OK, USA
  • W. M. Sothern, MS, CIH, Microecologies, New York, N.Y.
  • Hanna Szczepanowska, M.S., Conservator, National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C., USA
  • Chin S. Yang, Ph.D., Prestige EnviroMicrobiology,Inc:, Voorhees,
  • OSHA representatives fro m Region 2 (NY and NJ)
  • Ms. Mary E. O'Dowd, M.P.H. - Commissioner of NJDOH -  representatives
  • Others : FEMA representatives; Insurance Representatives; Professional Organizations
  • and presenters of peer-reviewed science based papers.

Click to Replace
"Sandy cough- Health concerns for mold and contamination clean-up volunteers and workers:

"Sandy Cleanup Could Lead To Illness, Litigation For Workers"
(Huffington Post 12/5/2012)

"Greg Floyd recalled the burgeoning hazards when he first toured Sandy-damaged New York City public housing a couple days after the hurricane hit. "The ocean came in and left a lot of contamination behind," said Floyd, president of Teamsters Local 237, adding that while he could already see and smell many dangers, such as unstable debris and raw sewage, he predicted others would later appear in the floodwater's wake. "Mold hadn't yet developed," he said. "But we knew it could become a problem." A month and a half later, mold has become a huge issue inside countless homes and buildings that fell in Sandy's path. Unfortunately, the process of dealing with the festering fungus is posing its own challenges. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) highlighted the hazards Wednesday in a new fact sheet on mold hazards and safeguards for workers. Currently, countless volunteers and private and public employees are working on the recovery, and soon some 5,000 workers will join them as part of a federally-funded, $27.7 million program to hire New Yorkers for the cleanup, led by the New York State Department of Labor. Floyd recognizes the worries for these workers. He has kept the thousands of public employees he represents out of recovery efforts in order to protect them from toxic mold and other hazards, he said, arguing that the workers remain untrained and ill-equipped despite his requests for such preparation. Meanwhile, a steady flow of private workers and volunteers remain active on the scene, many without proper training or protective equipment themselves. As of Tuesday, OSHA agents working in Sandy-affected areas had conducted field interventions for 17,481 private sector and federal employees, spokesman Jesse Lawder told The Huffington Post. Agents removed around 6,500 of those workers from hazardous
conditions, including some people who lacked proper protective equipment....."  from Huffington Post 12/5/2012