EducationSession Number Two

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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I Did a Mold Test!  Now What Do I Do?

An interactive session on interpreting mold test data and the value of perspective.

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Erin Bouttenot, Technical Manager,
IAQ, Radon, and Asbestos Laboratories,
Northeast Laboratory Services,
Westbrook, ME

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Chris Lewis, Founder and CFO
Safe Environmental Solutions
Gorham, ME

About this program:

Since there are no regulations or standards for what is an acceptable level of airborne mold, interpreting mold data is often difficult and varied. Scientifically, we don't know how much mold is "too much" mold.  Concerned homeowners, prospective home buyers,  tenants, and property managers often test their indoor air quality to seek assurance that their indoor environment is "safe", but are unsure about who can help them understand what the resulting test data means. Some people may call the laboratory who analyzed the samples, others may call the inspector who collected the samples, and some may call their doctor. However, who’s to say which professional is “right?”


In this session, we will demonstrate the varied perspectives between testing laboratories and property inspectors on mold test data interpretation, and how combining varying perspectives can create a more useful test interpretation that best helps the residential consumer determine their next course of action.


Program Objectives:

  • Learn what mold is, how it grows indoors, and common areas it can be found.

  • Review various tools and best practice guidance available for mold professionals.

  • Learn the many influences to mold data and the importance of documentation.

  • Discovering new ways to look at mold data and interpret the findings.

  • Gain an understanding of why mold testing should be only performed in conjunction with a visual inspection

Who should attend:  property owners and managers, real estate professionals, home inspectors, medical and public health providers, mold inspection and testing professionals, and others interested in interpreting mold test data.

Note:  while the case studies presented in this session are taken from residential settings, the process of interpretation of test results is applicable to all building types.

About the Presenters:

Erin Bouttenot has a Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Joseph's College with an extensive passion for the study of biology and the natural sciences. This passion had brought her into a world of numerous seminars, research articles, industry recommendations, and very heavy textbooks, all in the name of protecting public health. Currently, Erin is the Technical Manager of the Indoor Air Quality laboratories at Northeast Laboratory Services and is the current President of the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council.

Chris Lewis has 25 years of progressive experience in environmental, bio-tech, manufacturing and financial services industries. His most recent work has been focused on performing assessments and remediation for air quality, asbestos, lead, radon, and mold problems in buildings. Chris is the owner of Safe Environmental Solutions and has been a long-time supporter of the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council.

Program Level:  Basic/Intermediate

Content Area(s):  Residential/Commercial, Investigations/Testing/Remediation, Health/Medical