Safe and Effective 

Flood and Mold Remediation –

after Super Storm Sandy and other Natural Disasters.

March 13 – 15, 2013
at the  Seaview Hotel and Golf Club – Conference Center; Galloway, N.J.
(near Atlantic City, New Jersey)

International Conference  - Well Done

  • More than 53 Presentations and Papers

  • Attendees from around the world including France, Iceland, Canada, USA

  • Presentations by NJ & NY-DOH, NIOSH, OSHA, FEMA

  • Public Health & Remediation Industry Specialists

  • Union Safety and Health  Representatives

  • Conference Summary available now!

Safe and Effective Flood and Mold Remediation After the Super Storm Sandy and other Natural Disasters— An International Conference and Training Workshop
March 13-15, 2013.



On March 13, the Fungal Research Group Foundation will hold a three-day Conference and Training Workshop in response to health concerns stemming from inexperienced Superstorm Sandy cleanup efforts by home and business owners, volunteers, non-governmental organizations and contractors. For more information see:  or

Sandy’s second wave has already hit many. The media is calling it the “Sandy Cough.” With the growing concern of illnesses encountered in the cleaning and restoration of salvaged homes and businesses, and the challenges posed by contaminated personal or valuable items such as works of art, books, photo albums or documents, difficult questions have to be asked and tough decisions need to be made. What do you throw away and what can you safely restore?

Moldy wallboards, carpeting and HVAC systems can be replaced, but if it’s not done right, possible damaged pulmonary, immunologic or even neurologic systems are another matter.

In response to this urgent need and growing health concerns, the Fungal Research Group Foundation has invited an international group of experts to speak to the people of the storm-ravaged Tri-State Area (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut), and others.

The following topics, related to safe and effective flood damage and mold remediation, will be covered:
A. What are the health concerns for remediation workers, home and business owners and building occupants? What have we learned from past floods and public health investigations into allergy, toxicology, pathology, and treatment research, as well as special needs for public buildings—schools,
medical facilities, libraries and group homes—and the very young and the elderly?
B. Exposure Assessment: In what circumstances is testing necessary/needed? If so, what is the methodology and quality of various field assessments and mycology measurements? Are the New York City Department of Health Mold Guidelines still valid? Mold is not the only concern in the wake of
a flooding event. Other hazards include bacteria, asbestos, lead, etc.
C. Remediation. The basics of an effective cleanup and remediation—what equipment is available for drying, debris and dust collection; the pros and cons of biocides; various health concerns during remediation, worker protection, building owner protection, long-term effectiveness and safety, etc. A comprehensive critical review of all current professional guidelines and standards, with additional attention to the special issue of restoration of valuable items, books, works of art, memorabilia, etc.
D. Public Health Response and Initiatives: emergency response, education, legal issues, company liability for remediation workers.
E. Building Science: Discussion of new building materials, remediation and control, and ventilation technology.
F. Special hygiene requirements for flooded health care and institutional facilities.

The Conference will be held at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club Conference Center in Galloway, N.J., a few minutes from Atlantic City International Airport.

Attendees from the Tri-State Area will include: Home and business owners, health care providers cleanup/remediation workers, contractors, policy makers, representatives from governmental agencies (FEMA, OSHA, EPA, local and state health departments, etc.) insurance and union representatives, industrial hygienists, building inspectors, and others.


Due to the urgency of the situation an early conference date was chosen. For more information see:  or

CONTACT PERSON: Eckardt Johanning MD, MSc., Medical Director
Fungal Research Group Foundation, Inc.
4 Executive Park Drive
Albany, New York 12203
518 459 3336
518 459 4646 fax