Mold: A Special Housing Topic

Training Overview

  • Audience: Public health and housing professionals charged with enforcement of housing and related laws and regulations in Massachusetts and community health professionals, task force members, and anyone interested in learning more about mold.
  • Format: Online, self-paced
  • Price: Free
  • Length: 1.5 hours
  • Credential(s) eligible for contact hours: Massachusetts CHO, RS, National Environmental Health Association REHS/RS
  • Competencies: Analysis, Problem Solving, and Risk Management Housing
  • Learning level: Awareness
  • Prerequisites: Housing Programs for Regulators
  • Companion trainings:
  • Supplemental materials:

Local boards of health (LBOH) may receive complaints about mold from housing occupants or a LBOH inspector may identify mold during an inspection. The presence of mold can raise concerns about potential health and other effects. This training will provide an overview of mold, outline processes and procedures for LBOH to follow when investigating certain types of housing, and provide resources that can aid in resolving this complex public health issue.

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What you’ll learn

After completing this training, you will be able to:

  • Explain what molds are
  • Name three things that spores need to grow into mold
  • Discuss three possible health impacts linked to indoor exposure to mold and one non-health impact of mold growth
  • Identify nine sections in 105 CMR 410.000 (410) that apply to mold, moisture, or water damage in certain types of housing
  • Respond to mold complaints in accordance with 410
  • List seven recommendations to prevent mold growth and eight tips to effectively clean up mold

Subject Matter Experts

  • Kathleen MacVarish
    Associate Professor of the Practice
    Boston University School of Public Health

  • Paul Halfmann, MPH, RS
    Assistant Director Community Sanitation Program
    Massachusetts Department of Public Health (retired)


This training was supported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) with funds made available by the Grant or Cooperative Agreement Number 2B010T009024-15, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.
This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP27877 “Regional Public Health Training Center Program.” This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.