Unsafe Mold, The Price That You Pay For Working Inside The Somerville Police Station

By William Tauro

It’s business as usual at the Somerville Police Station’s located at 220 Washington Street in Somerville.

In these photos attachments that were taken last week, you’ll observe the mold growing in the ventilation systems as well as leaks throughout the ceiling and walls traveling down to the flooring

For decades prior to being a police station, it was an old car barn for the MBTA which was used to repair buses and to store the many hazardous materials that make those vehicles running.

For years it was considered a “Sick Building” after the fact that many of the people who have worked in this building over numerous years came down with and developed respiratory symptoms and illnesses.

Is it just coincidental or is it the price you pay for working in a contaminated environment?

An article once written by The Somerville News pretty much summed it all up and answered many unanswered questions that may have affected several longtime former employees of that building.

Dangerous molds found at police headquarters

Dangerous molds found at police headquarters

By George P. Hassett

Molds causing brain damage and various respiratory illnesses are thriving in the nooks and crannies of the Somerville Police station, according to tests conducted last winter.

In December, five local unions representing the employees working in the Public Safety building at 220 Washington St. paid for tests of the building to search for air pollution and molds in the heating and air conditioning units.

To read entire article click on link below:

http://somervillenews.typepad.com/the_somerville_news/2006/06/dangerous_molds.html

Facts Regarding Contamination Within Air Ventilating Systems:

Contamination within air duct systems can pose detrimental health effects to building occupants if left uncorrected.  If mold exists within your air ducts make a plan to investigate the source of the problem, isolate the problem area, and remove the contaminants.

Understanding Mold

Molds are part of the natural environment. Molds are fungi that can be found anywhere – inside or outside – throughout the year. About 1,000 species of mold can be found in the United States, with more than 100,000 known species worldwide.

When excessive moisture or water accumulates indoors, mold growth often will occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains uncorrected. While it is impossible to eliminate all molds and mold spores, controlling moisture can control indoor mold growth.  Molds are usually not a problem unless mold spores land on a damp spot and begin growing. They digest whatever they land on in order to survive. There are molds that grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods and insulation, while other molds feed on the everyday dust and dirt.

Since mold requires water to grow, it is important to investigate the source of the moisture to prevent mold growth.

Hazards of Mold in Your Ductwork

Ventilation systems are designed to distribute a recirculate air within a home.  If mold growth is within the ventilation system, or near an air intake, mold spores can be spread throughout a home.

“Toxic mold syndrome” remains controversial and unproven, but experts agree that it’s best to limit exposure to molds.  The most likely adverse reaction to mold is a respiratory allergic reaction in mold-sensitive people. These reactions are similar to other respiratory allergies, causing sneezing, watery eyes, nasal discharge and congestion.

One thought on “Unsafe Mold, The Price That You Pay For Working Inside The Somerville Police Station”

  1. And the same company did such a fine job at the high school too. Amazing how you can do such a bad job in this city and get hired again. If I remember it was like that from day one. But maybe the higher ups do not think much of our policeman, never mind the kids at high school and whatever other projects they may have done here.

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