by Kevon Browne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) – Three weeks ago, on July 22, WINN was made aware of a claim of a possible mold infestation at the Robert Llewelyn Bradshaw International Airport. In response, people took to social media and suggested that the issue of mold had been a months-long issue.
It was later shared that the Bureau of Standards performed a visual assessment of the Airport before any testing was carried out and was executed to determine the possibility of; “water damage or possible mold growth on the surface of walls or ceiling tiles.”
Samples were taken and sent off island to determine the levels of mold in various areas of the airport.
According to a source, the level of mold infestation is measured by the number of spores per cubic meter and is separated into three levels.
Less than 500 spores per cubic meter are considered satisfactory, and no action is required.
From 500 to 999 spores per cubic meter, the spore count is elevated, and remediation is required.
Anything higher than 999 spores per cubic meter is considered highly elevated, and categorisation requires immediate remediation for the health and safety of the occupants of any building where the count is that high.
Sources told WINN that some of the areas of the airport fall in the second category and would require cleaning, which is expected to start and be completed within the next two weeks.
The general operations of the airport continue, and staff and travellers are urged to wear masks while at the airport, as is already the protocol, because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.