Damp Mould: Directory of Agencies In the European Region Providing Information on Damp and Mould to the Public
In Europe, an estimated 10-50% of the indoor environments where human beings live, work and play are damp. Excessive dampness, moisture and condensation are a threat to health. To help individuals find out more about indoor air quality and its impact on health, HEAL has compiled a directory of organisations providing information and remedial action on damp and mould.
Mould produces allergens, which can cause allergic reactions, irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances. The World Health Organization (WHO) has shown that remedial action works. Research demonstrates that people living in well-insulated accommodation are less likely to visit their doctor or be admitted to hospital respiratory conditions than those living in damp homes.
This new directory, produced by HEAL based on a grant by the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health, provides comprehensive coverage of national agencies, institutions and NGOs active in advising and informing the public on questions of damp and mould prevention as well as remediation in Europe. These agencies should also be able to help you with technical or legal questions. If a local certification schemes exist, they may also be able to provide you with a list of contractors recommended under this scheme.
The directory accompanies WHO Guidelines on Damp and Mould as well as a brochure that provides practical tips on how to deal with moisture and will be available on this website as of the end of May.
The contacts within the directory have been compiled from responses to a questionnaire disseminated by HEAL to WHO and HEAL’s own international networks of organisations, governments and experts and a series of comprehensive internet searches of where consumers can seek advice at the EU, national and local level.
Last updated on 29 June 2011