If you happened to read RF Shunt’s excellent diary yesterday about helping with the Occupy Sandy cleanup effort in Asbury Park, you know that one of the biggest problems facing the relief effort right now is mold. FDL’s Marybeth went up to Brooklyn to work with the folks at OccupySandy headquarters last weekend and came back with the same message: what they need now are mold-fighting supplies.
Many places have been condemned as uninhabitable because the mold is so bad, and people have been left homeless. But many other residents are struggling to clean up so they can move back in.
Today I’m trying to find sources to products they desperately need to deal with mold, so if you’ve got some time and you’re interested in helping with research, pull up a chair. Here are the OSHA guidelines for mold cleanup,
What we’re looking for right now:
- Tyvek coveralls
- N-95 Particulate masks
- Long rubber gloves
- Goggles (unvented)
- Mold cleaning supplies
- Boots or overshoes
We also look for products that are:
- Made in the USA
- Union or small businesses made
- Made of recycled or sustainable materials
All products need to be made in the USA, and we prefer union made items, but I can tell you right now from having done this for over a year that none of the above are likely to be union made. We’ll consider products made outside the US if we’ve exhausted all the domestic possibilities and there is a real need for something. At that point, our preference is for products that are made close by and not shipped half way across the world.
Because we’re dealing with industrial strength products there will probably be some toxicity with some of the products, so we want to find the best products we can that will get the job done and not harm the people who are doing it. So appropriate safety equipment is going to be important, both for exposure to the mold and also to the substances that will kill it.
Our goal is to buy products in large quantities so we can get the best quality, best price and most effective supplies and equipment for the relief effort. If you’ve got suggestions, please leave them in the comments below.