SMH salutes the New Mexico Department of Health Environmental Health Epidemiology Bureau (EHEB) for soliciting public input on indoor air pollutants such as mold. The CDC has listed the IOM and WHO reports which state that indoor dampness and mold are serious health threats that can lead to permanent respiratory and immune problems in otherwise healthy people. Given this troubling evidence, the EHEB has ample evidence to start requiring a no tolerance policy towards indoor dampness and mold. What the EHEB should begin doing immediately is an education and enforcement program designed to protect the public from damp and moldy buildings. (SMH)
NM Department of Health Solicits Public Input Regarding Indoor Toxic Mold
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- Heather Rowley
- Rowley Enterprises Inc.
(Santa Fe, NM) -- The New Mexico Department of Health’s Environmental Health Epidemiology Bureau (EHEB) advises all NM residents to report leaks and mold growth immediately to their landlord or property manager, and to local, state, and federal health authorities.
Geri Jaramillo, Asthma Health Educator for EHEB, notes that there is currently “no penalty” for any companies that refuse to mediate toxic mold growth in their investment properties. Jaramillo also acknowledges that at present the state has no “authority to mandate mold standards” but hopes to encourage increasing public involvement in EHEB’s efforts to address the public health threat posed by toxic mold in indoor environments.
Sensitivity to mold toxins in the home and work environment is a primary cause of asthma in all age groups. As part of NM’s initiative to reduce the public health threat and costs of asthma, Jaramillo and EHEB are now forming an Asthma Advisory Committee and encourage all concerned members of the public to contact the program with concerns and ideas. According to Jaramillo, “we welcome it.”
Contact Geri Jaramillo to express your concerns, share your experiences, and learn more about how you can assist to create successful mold protection laws in New Mexico:
Geri M. Jaramillo
Asthma Program Coordinator
NM Department of Health
Environmental Health Epidemiology Bureau
Santa Fe Phone: 505-476-3571