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Workplace mold can be dangerous

On Behalf of | Oct 8, 2021 | Workplace Safety |

Minneapolis workers and their employers may have a good general understanding of safety. They may know to prevent things like slip and trip hazards. However, the same parties need to be aware of dangers that can be hidden. Mold can develop in workplaces whenever there’s persistent dampness. After a flood, it’s possible to have mold problems that are unseen to the naked eye. When mold is established in an HVAC duct, for example, it can spread throughout a building and contribute to health problems.

The trouble with mold

Mold spreads in the air, reproducing via microscopic spores. Flooding is a major cause of the spread of mold. Mold can hide behind walls, in air ducts and in areas like attics. Mold has been linked to health problems like asthma, headaches, even skin conditions like rashes and eczema. These kinds of workplace illnesses can negatively impact performance on the job.

When mold becomes established in a workplace, it can have serious and negative impacts on workers’ health. People should know the signs of a possible mold problem. These can include stained drywall after a flood. Mold can also develop after leaks from burst pipes or leaking roofs. It’s important to dry these areas thoroughly after incidents.

Businesses should use dehumidifiers, fans and even air conditioners to help regulate moisture in their premises. Cleaning with bleach solutions can kill mold in damp areas. Anything portable that has been wet for more than 2 days should be discarded.

During cleanup, providing PPE such as N95 masks for workers is also prudent. Mold can be a threat to workers’ health. But managing the risk appropriately, and cleaning up thoroughly, can protect a work site and the people there.