American Scientist To Debate Contentious Issue Of Toxic Mould At Trade Body Event

22nd of September, 2011 Bookmark and Share
Renowned Forensic Industrial Hygienist Caoimhín Connell will be challenging claims over the perceived dangers posed by toxic mould at an event organised by UK trade body The Property Care Association.

Caoimhín, who has an extensive background in science including analytical and environmental chemistry and microbiological applications, will be travelling across the Atlantic to deliver a one-day presentation on the subject, at Huntingdon Race Course in Cambridgeshire.

Taking place on November 15, Caoimhín’s talk entitled ‘Recognition, Evaluation, Anticipation and Control of Indoor Moulds: Communicating the Facts’ is of particular interest to environmental health, local authority and social housing professionals, as well as insurers, surveyors and property managers.

Stephen Hodgson, general manager of the PCA, said: “The issue of mould in properties is becoming much more contentious.

“Faced with increasing media reports on the matter, homeowners and tenants are adding pressure to address the problem, turning to social housing and local authority providers, as well as insurers, to address the clean-up work.

“The problem also spreads out to businesses if staff refuse to work in properties they claim are affected.
“A recent discussion thread on social media site ‘Linkedin’ on whether mould growth is a justified concern for the public evoked a huge response. Many specialists and experts involved in damp diagnosis debated in, what was at times, a very heated exchange regarding the ‘toxic effects of mould’.
“The debate proved just how polarised opinions really are on the health effects of mould in buildings.
“As a result, to help provide clarity on the subject, we have invited Caoimhín Connell to come and deliver a one-day presentation on mould.
“Caoimhín has an extensive background in the investigation, assessment and elimination of mould and his company - Forensic Applications Consulting Technologies (FACT) - is internationally recognised as an authority in indoor mould with over 20 years of applying scientific practices and protocols to this growing issue.
“Much of their work is dedicated to using science to disprove claims of toxic mould, thereby preventing their clients from undertaking unnecessary remediation projects and saving them hundreds of thousands of dollars as a result.
“His approach and expertise is sure to bring an interesting perspective to the debate and will be highly relevant to anyone with general control of a building, or in sector-related professional services.”

Caoimhín’s talk will include a biological introduction to moulds, as well as toxicology, and the assessment of moulds and selection of PPE.

He will also discuss remediation – and the evaluation of efficiencies in this area.

Attendance at the presentation for PCA members (including lunch) is just £50 and £75 for non-members). Early booking is strongly recommended as the event has already received a good deal of interest and places are limited. For further information contact or call 0844 375 4301.

Further details about Caoimhím Connell are available at

Notes To Editors

Noted for its training and technical expertise, The Property Care Association (PCA) represents the UK’s damp control, timber infestation, flood recovery, basement waterproofing, structural repair and condensation specialists.

It incorporates the British Wood Preserving and Damp-proofing Association (BWPDA), which has been in formation for more than 75 years.

The PCA is a member of TrustMark the scheme supported by the Government, to help property owners find reliable and trustworthy tradespeople to make home improvements.

Its contractor members are all carefully vetted before being awarded membership - and are then subject to rigorous auditing procedures once admitted to the Association.

As well as delivering a trusted repair procedure, PCA members are able to carry out specialist surveys as part of the house-buying procedure to identify potential problems – as well as a range of other services designed to preserve and protect homes and buildings across the UK.

To find a PCA member log on to and select the ‘Find A Member’ service.

Press release issued by Jane Shepherd of Shepherd PR Limited, on behalf of the Property Care Association, telephone 01538 308685, mobile 07985 129315.

Jo Foster
Press release issued by Jane Shepherd of Shepherd PR Limited, on behalf of the Property Care Association, telephone 01538 308685, mobile 07985 129315.