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‘Got Mold?’ Seminars Slated for Pacific Northwest

08 January 2009

Portland, Ore. US (8 January 2009) AMEC, the international engineering and project management company, has scheduled three seminars designed to help businesses in the Pacific Northwest avoid mold-related litigation.  

The seminars, titled Got Mold? How to Protect Yourself from Claims, Loss and Litigation, will be held in Seattle, Wash. on Feb. 3, Portland on Feb. 4 and Sacramento, Calif. on Feb. 6. The full-day seminars all begin at 9 a.m. and feature information and strategies to help businesses avoid losses, lawsuits, personal injury claims, bad publicity and other claims related to mold.  

The seminars are geared for attorneys, contractors, engineers, architects, insurance brokers, planners, real estate brokers, property owners and managers and facility managers. Single registration is $495, but there are several available discounts, including those for multiple attendees of the same company, government employees and students.  

According to Insurance Information Institute estimates, billions of dollars in mold-related claims have been paid in recent years. Construction defects that enable water to enter buildings and create mold problems are the focus of many lawsuits. “The cost of settling construction-defect claims in North America has tripled in the last five years, with 2008’s rise estimated at 25 percent alone,” says Greg Baker, an AMEC associate industrial hygienist and program chairman of the “Got Mold?” seminars.  

Baker has more than 23 years of indoor air quality experience and is a regionally recognized expert in the areas of mold, asbestos and lead remediation design and management. Other presenters include Chin Yang, Ph.D., scientific and technical advisor for Prestige EnviroMicrobiology who has worked with physicians, public health officials, and environmental and occupational health scientists on mold issues for 25 years, as well as several other certified industrial hygienists from AMEC.   

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