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Damp and Mould: Health risks, prevention and remedial actions (Brochure)

Brochure available in English and Russian.

This information brochure has been developed in collaboration with WHO and the Health and Environment Alliance, and was co-funded by the European Commission (DG Sanco, grant agreement 2005156).

The brochure summarizes key messages that the public needs to know in order to prevent and reduce the exposure to dampness and mould, and to remove potential mould once it occurs. Emphasis is put on the problem of excessive moisture, which is the root cause for problems with dampness and mould in indoor built environments. Further references and user guides on actions against dampness and mould in several languages are provided, and reference is made to an international list of agencies providing more detailed damp and mould support functions to the public. This information brochure has also been produced in response to the WHO Indoor Air Quality Guidelines on Dampness and Mould.

This brochure was developed following the advice of the EU Indoor Air Quality expert group, and makes available to the public some main conclusions derived in the WHO project on policy implications of actions against indoor air pollution with biological agents.

Last updated on 6 July 2011

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