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Facilities Management Ireland 2016On the 7th of March members of the Health Friendly Air team went down to the RDS for the Facilities Management Ireland conference and exhibition. The conference was launched to respond to the increasing demand from Irish companies for solutions to improve their efficiency and reduce the cost of running their business environment.

Damp materials or high humidity environments contribute to preferential conditions for mould growth. Moulds are capable of colonising and persisting on a vast array of surfaces due to their role in nature in the decomposition and nutrient recycling process in the environment. After flooding or water damage has occurred, insufficient remediation of the affected buildings can lead to favourable conditions for mould/fungal growth, both visible and hidden. Floor coverings such as vinyl, laminate and carpets as well as underlying insulation should be replaced where necessary. Where not replaced or left untreated, flooring can act as a favourable substrate for microbial growth. Additionally, any underflooring materials such as chipboard or joists should be replaced without hesitation if damaged, while any modifications such as cracks, heaves or discolouration may be indicative of damage that needs to remediated.

As a former postgraduate of NUI Galway, Noelle Dromgoole was delighted to attend the conference "Occupational Health and Safety: A Pioneering Past and a Bright Future" on the 14th and 15th June 2013. The conference celebrated 21 years of Occupational Health and Safety postgraduate study at NUI Galway and the achievements of postgraduates. In addition the conference reviewed current developments and challenges within Occupational Health and Safety across all industries.