LSUS addresses concerns about mold in Science building

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SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Louisiana State University-Shreveport is addressing concerns about mold being in one of the buildings on its campus.

Chancellor Larry Clark along with almost 200 staff members came together over Zoom to answer questions and quell concerns Tuesday. The meeting also served as a way to learn about the scientific aspect of the fungus.

Clark says the Science building at LSUS has been closed, but not due to mold.

“The building was not closed because of mold but more effectively to address the building overall,” Clark said during a Zoom conference Tuesday afternoon.

“To be transparent with you, faculty, and staff within 48 hours the reports were shared in their entirety with no reductions in full disclosure.”

Clark says multiple consultants have inspected the building and their findings released entirely. One of those consultants is mold expert Dr. Eric Brown from UCLA who traveled to LSUS to study the situation and took air samples.

“I saw personally in my relatively detailed investigation, less than 100 foot total in this entire large Science building area,” said Dr. Eric Brown, Doctorate of Public Health Industrial Hygiene UCLA.

During the campus-wide community meeting over Zoom, Brown ensured the staff their health was not in danger.

“There was never any elevated concentration of mold spores that would indicate a human health hazard. The inches of mold growth are not hazardous especially in a large building with an active HVAC system like you guys have,” Brown said.

He said there are many types of mold and most people don’t really understand how the fungus works, adding that some may have misunderstood his original report.

“The square footage and amounts of fungal growth identified do not institute an imminent health hazard and I do not recommend the Science building to be closed to faculty and students. However the prior to and once remediation begins, I recommend removing all nonessential personnel from the building due to logistics, general safety, and airflow considerations,” Brown said.

Clark told his staff their safety was the top priority and the building will remain closed until the cleaning process is complete.

“We want to have a safe building. We wanted to make sure students, staff, and faculty know that they will be safe,” Clark said.

Brown will return to LSUS for another inspection and Clark said he will hold another campus-wide meeting after the findings are issued.

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