# How To Interpret Mold Results Course

## Mold Results Interpretation Principles

Interpreting mold test results is not easy! This is particularly the case with air samples because there are no acceptable limits. In this short course you'll learn how you can interpret lab results.

The lab results from the mold samples comprise some of the most important data in a Mold inspection, identification and control project. The person who collected the samples should summerize the results and perform a trend analysis on the data. This could include but is not limited to looking for common species across rooms located close to each other and connected by vents, molds more common in waterlogged properties, precursor species, or molds known to produce toxins. An examination of levels in the various sample zones should be conducted. The following questions must be answered and defined. What mold(s) do the lab results identify, where is/are the mold(s) located in the building, and what are the mold exposure levels?

It is important to know that lab results should be interpreted inconjuction with the mold inspection data collected during the walk through investigation of the property and such other information as the building history and use of the property. How the facility is used, the health status of occupants, and physical state of the facility will all impact how the remediation plan is designed; for example, will occupants have to be relocated temporarily? A problem can exist at times even in the absence of conclusive lab results. Also, how the mold samples were collected can affect the quality of lab results. Therefore, experience and training must also be relied upon, not just solely lab results.

### Topics covered in the course

The course How To Interpret Mold Results covers:
1. Understanding Fungal Groups?
2. Understanding air sample reports
3. Understanding dust sample reports
4. How to interpret viable and nonviable air samples results
5. How to interpret Surface and Bulk samples results

### Who might benefit from this online mold training course?

You may benefit from this course if you are:
• An industrial hygienist
• An environmental consultant dealing with indoor mold
• A home Inspector
• A general contractor
• A cleaning and restoration contractor
• A property manager