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!

Program - up-date as of 14 March 2013!


in cooperation with New York Committee of Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH)

and the New Jersey Work Environment Council (WES) 



International Conference & Training Topics:


  • Safe and effective flood and mold clean-up after natural disasters, flooding, icing & water damage

  • Risk management and emergency response

  • Medical problems and prevention of harmful bioaerosols

  • Investigation technology and methods

  • Safety and health in remediation and restoration

  • Drying technology - biocides pro and cons

  • Restoration and remediation pitfalls - what have we learned from past experience

  • Legal issues

  • Special item: Safety in Artwork, Documents, Furniture and Precious Item Cleaning & Restoration


Lectures and Presentations - with meet the Expert Round-table 

March 13 and 14 (Part A)

Workshop and Hands-on Demonstrations (Part B)

March 14 (afternoon) until 15 (end 4 pm), 2013




Safety & Testing Equipment demonstrations; Laboratories; Building technology; Restoration and remediation tools.


see below for details - download you program in pdf format.


  • Harriet M. Ammann, Ph.D., DABT, Prof., Environmental Health, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle Washington; USA
  • Pierre L. Auger M.D., M.Sc., FRCPC, Occupational Medicine - Montréal, Québec, Canada
  • Daniel Bernazzani Ph.D. Flood Safe Habitats
  • Denis A. Charpin, M.D., Prof., Department of Pulmonology and Allergy, Marseille University Hospitals, France.
  • Jean M. Cox-Ganser, Ph.D. , The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Morgantown, W.V., USA
  • Christopher D'Andrea , CIH, Acting Director at New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Mark Drozdov, CCT, SSM, ( NY Past President), New York, USA
  • Rick Engler, Director, New Jersey Work Environment Council (WEC)
  • Karin Kahn, Esq., Hinton Alfert & Kahn LLP, Walnut Creek, California, USA
  • Claude Mainville, P.E. - Naturair-Kiwatin, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Philip R. Morey, Ph.D., CIH, EnvironCorp, Principal Consultant- Microbiology, Gettysburg, Pa, USA
  • Ed Olmsted, CIH, Olmsted Environmental, New York. USA
  • Michael Pinto, Wonder Makers Environmental, Kalamazoo, MI, USA
  • Richard  Shaughnessy, PhD,  University of Tulsa, OK, USA
  • W. M. Sothern, MS, CIH, Microecologies, New York, N.Y.
  • Hanna Szczepanowska, M.S., Conservator, National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C., USA
  • Chin S. Yang, Ph.D., Prestige EnviroMicrobiology,Inc:, Voorhees,
  • OSHA representatives fro m Region 2 (NY and NJ)
  • Rep. for Ms. Mary E. O'Dowd, M.P.H. - Commissioner of NJDOH
  • Others TBA: FEMA representatives; Insurance Representatives; Professional Organizations
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Tuesday - March 12, 2013 -

Arrival & Reception   7 pm - 8 pm 

Wednesday March 13, 2013


Registration open:  7:30 am – 5 pm


Part A:Public and Workers Health & Epidemiology and beyond

8:45                 Conference opening remarks

  • Dr. med. Eckardt Johanning, MD, MSc, Conference Chair,


  • Christina Tan, MD, MPH -State Epidemiologist/Assistant Commissioner -

                                    for New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner O'Dowd

9:00      -         10:30                Session A: Public Health Concerns and Health Effects


  • Harriet M. Ammann, PhD, DABT - Olympia, Washington, USA (30 min)

Update on Asthma and Mold: epidemiology, toxicology and epigenetics

  • Jean Cox-Ganser, PhD (NIOSH) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA (30 min)

Aspects of NIOSH Studies on Dampness and Mold and related Health Effects.

  • Pierre L. Auger MD, MSc, Eckardt Johanning MD, M.Sc.(30 min)

Non- allergic Health effects of Indoor Air Bio-contaminants


10:30    -           11:00                Coffee-break  (Poster )


11:00    -           12:00                Session B:  Worker Health and Safety & Protection

  • Michael Levy, OSHA New York (20 min)

OSHA’s Approach to Worker Exposure to Mold Hazards during Sandy

Short Introduction to Poster Presentations by Authors:

1.       Catherine Bobenhausen, Gross J, Brandstetter J:

Beyond Sandy: Focusing On Our Next Steps

 2.       Clifford Cooper,  MS, CIH:

Health and Safety Assessments of Flood Damaged High Rise Residential Properties Following

Hurricane Sandy

 3.       Bernard L Fontaine, Ottens, P.:

Rapid Structural Drying: A Case Study of Design Conflicts and Failure

 4.       Irine H Grant, MD, Rini, JF:

Neurological Disease After Mold Exposure, Immune/Metabolic Risks & Response to

Biofilm-Focused Antifungal Therapy

 5.       Arati Inamdar, PhD, Bennet, JW:

Drosophila melanogaster: A simple model system to evaluate the adverse health effects of

exposure to fungal volatile organic compounds from moldy water damaged residences

 6.       Robert Krell:

Mold Remediation Principles and Practices 2013: A Practical Approach from the Field

7.       Bian Liu, PhD, Tak, S., Silverman ,R., et al:

The role of syndromic surveillance in assessing Sandy's health impact

 8.       Ralph Moon, PhD:

Shear Strength Measurements in Building Materials after Submersion in Fresh and Salt Water

 9.       Shannon U Morath, Padhi, S., Bennett, JW:

Sampling of molds from residential buildings damaged during Superstorm Sandy: a

preliminary study

 10.    John Morawetz:

Muck, Gut and Mold Remediation
11.    Ritchie Shoemaker, MD.,  House, D., Ross, D.:

Cognitive and neurologic symptoms in patient with illness acquired following exposure to

water-damaged buildings are associated with structural abnormalities in caudate nucleus,

pallidum, hippocampus, cortical gray and forebrain: a volumetric study using NeuroQuant

 12.    Wei-Chih Tang, PhD:

Challenges and Solutions for Airborne and Surface Mold Sampling for Hurricane-Damaged Buildings and Housing

13.    Greg Weatherman:

Fogging to Clean the Air vs. Poison the Air

 14.    Jeff Wilemon:

Establishing In-Place Structural Drying Goals, a Scientific Approach


12:00    -           1:30 (13:30)       Lunch  - Please visit  Exhibits and  Poster Presentations



1:30 pm -2:30 (14:30) Session C: Building investigations – Risk Assessment &

                                                                    Case studies


  • Phil Morey, CIH, PhD  (20 min)

Hurricanes and Mold: What has been Learned?

  • Denis Charpin, M.D., Prof. - Marseille, France (20 min)

Study of flooded houses in Arles, Southern France

  • Elliott Horner, PhD (20 min)

A Disaster Is More Than A Water Loss: What Cautions And Aid Are Needed In Flood Disasters?

 2:30      -           2:45                  Coffee break / Exhibits /Poster


2:45       -       3:45          Session D:  Exposure Assessment and Control Research

  • Richard Shaughnessy, PhD and P Morey, PhD (20 min)

In the Wake of a Hurricane Disaster, What should Homeowners look for in a Competent Mold


  • Cliff W Davis (20 min)

A Forensic Architects Point of View on Sandy vs. Building Construction

  • Michael House (20 min)

Formulation of Representative Floodwaters for the Advancement of Building Science Test


3:45      -           4:00                  Coffee break / Exhibits /Poster


4:00      -           5:00      Session E: Exposure Assessment and Control Research


  • Mark Drozdov  (20 min)

Sandy flooded many NYC neighborhoods and buildings on October 29, 2012, yet the worry

about mold growth continues! 

  • Bradley Caddick (20 min)

Hurricane Aftermath; Avoiding Remediation and Restoration Pitfalls

  • Daniel Bernazzani Ph.D., E. Cole, Ph.D. (20 min)

The Role of Science Based Cleaning: Training and Guidance for Volunteers and Flood Victims

5:00    -    6:30 Dinner: on your own


6:30  - 7:30  (F) Grand Rounds: Health and Safety Lessons Learned -Meet the expert Q&A  

Karen Kahn, Esq. / Hanna Szczepanowska, PhD – Art and Heritage Item Restoration and Care


Thursday, March 14, 2013 (am)


Registration open:  7:30 am – 5 pm

Environmental Assessment, Laboratory Methods, Control and Remediation


 8:00      -           10:00                G) Assessment & Remediation guidance

  • Christopher D'Andrea , MS, CIH (20 min)

NYC Health Department  training volunteers and home owners (20 min)

  • Steven M. Caulfield, PE, CIH (20 min)

Remediation Efforts Of A Home In Piermont, NY After Super Storm Sandy

  •  William Sothern, CIH,  J. Caravanos, F. Mirer, PhD (20 min)

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Mold Remediation Methods Post-Superstorm Sandy

  •  Michael  McGuinness, CIH, (20 min)

Observations of and Lessons Learned from Hurricane Sandy and Cold Weather Flood

Response in New Jersey, November, 2012 to March, 2013 (and beyond)

  •  Carl Grimes (20 min)

Working with Building Occupants

10:00    -           10:30                Coffee-break

10:30     -           12:00                H) Assessment & Remediation


  • Claude Mainville, p. Senior Eng.,  (20 min)

Building investigation of structural problems of damp buildings – Climate change and

prefeb walls for baby boomer residences

  •  David Hedman, James Craner, MD, MPH, and Sean Abbott, PhD (20 min)

Structural Pasteurization Technology to Rapidly Remediate Massively Water-Damaged, Mold-Contaminated Buildings: A Case Study

  • Michael Pinto (20 min)

The “Sandy Solution”

  • Hanna Szczepanowska, PhD, (20 min)

Fungal pigmentation of art on paper; analysis and remediation

Q & A – Conclusion comments.

12:00    -  1:00      Lunch  -    Conclusion of Part A – General Lectures and Posters  

  •  Thursday  March 14, 2013 (afternoon)

Conference and Meeting Part B – Training
and Hands-on Demonstration


1:00 -  2:00 (14:00)       A) Remediation  Guidelines - Building Design &  Assessment

  • Richard Shaughnessy ,PhD,  Cliff W Davis

2:00  -    2:20                 Coffee break / Exhibits

2:20   -   2:45 (14:45)   B) Basics of  Dampness and Mold related Health Concerns and Diseases

  • Pierre  Auger MD, Eckardt Johanning MD, Dennis Charpin MD

2:45  -    3:00                  Coffee break / Exhibits

3:00  -    4:00                 C) Microbiology, Ecology, Sampling  and Laboratory Analysis

  • Phil Morey, PhD, CIH & Chin S. Yang, PhD

4:00   -    5: 00                          D) Round Table Discussions: Guidelines  and Remediation Specifications

  • David Newman (NYCOSH), (R. Engler) Fran Gilmore (WEC), W. Levy (OSHA), Ed Olmsted, CIH, Claude Mainville, Eng., Pierre Auger MD, Denis Charpin, MD



5:00      -           6:00                  Dinner on your own.


6:30 pm      Suggestion:  Trip to Atlantic City (Private)   



Friday, March  15, 2013

Focus:  Guidelines,  Building Investigations, Prevention & Control  

8:00  - 9:30      E) Mitigating and Containing Damage During Emergency Disaster Clean-Up: Protocols, Guidelines and Statutes and Legal issues

  • Harriet Ammann, PhD, Cliff Davis,  Karin Kahn, Esq:

9:30  -  9:45        Coffee-break

10:00 - 12:00    F) Session J: Hygiene,  Remediation Specs & Equipment demonstrations

  • Ed Olmsted, CIH & Claude Mainville, Enq.


12:00 -            1:00          Lunch

1:00  -   2:30     G) Demonstration Assessment , Drying &  Ventilation

  • Michael Pinto & Bob Krell


2:30  -   2:45                  Coffee break / Exhibits

2:45  -  4:00      H) New Technology and Equipment; Personal Protective Equipment

  • Ed Olmsted, CIH & Claude Mainville, Enq. & Jean Cox-Ganser, PhD

4:00                  Conference & Meeting Closure 


Safe and nice trip home.



Program as of 12 March 2013 -

Program and Presentation Abstracts for Conference Participants.


including Workshop Documents