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#1 of 8 Old 10-20-2008, 07:33 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Mothers, I have a not so simple work related dilemma, and, I need advice.

I work for a not for profit afterschool program that targets at risk/disadvantaged children. Our club was closed for two weeks after hurricane Ike due to mold contamination. Instead of professionally cleaning the building and airducts, the administrative staff cleaned the rooms with bleach and lysol. The vents and a/c were never cleaned or inspected. Mold samples taken after the cleaning indicate the presence of mold growth including black mold.

The parents of the children were never informed, and of course we are open to our members.

I contemplate quitting on a daily basis because of my own health related concerns, but I would like to search for employment before submitting my letter of resignation.

My health is important, but I feel guilty because the parent's of the children we serve are unaware of the mold problem.

My concern is my belief that I am hiding something from parents that I would like to know if my own child frequented the program.

WWYD if in my position.

Perhaps I am overreacting. Below are pictures that I have taken of the mold samples. The administrative office has yet to return to check the petri dishes.

Let me know if I am making a mountain out of a mole (mold) hill.

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I know enough about mold to know that I would want to know about this if it were my child. Have you approached management about this? If so, what was their reaction? If they don't care or it seems clear to you that they are deliberately not responding to this, then I think I would feel compelled to call the health department or licensing agency with an anomymous tip.
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That is horrendous.

I would call the Health Department. No one should have to work under those conditions, and those poor children who are being exposed to this poison.
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I know enough about mold to know that I would want to know about this if it were my child. Have you approached management about this? If so, what was their reaction? If they don't care or it seems clear to you that they are deliberately not responding to this, then I think I would feel compelled to call the health department or licensing agency with an anomymous tip.
The administrative staff that I spoke of is the management. The building in which I work is owned by the county, but leased by a WELL KNOWN not for profit after school program. The health department was contacted, and they referred me to other organizations that referred me to yet another set of organizations.

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Can you contact the Health Department and the Department of Labor?
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I already have. They were not interested.

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call the health department or licensing agency with an anomymous tip.
Or you could call a news station. I know our local one has a "We investigate!" team that just loves stories like this.
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IMO I would not work there and would find a way to inform the parents (preferably through an anon tip through a government agency). I have lived somewhere where there were mold issues and noticed a huge decline in my and my family's health as a result.
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