OSHA Regulations & Mold
Every indoor space, no matter how clean and dry you to try to keep it, is likely still going to have at least some traces of mold. It’s nearly impossible to eradicate every spore of mold because there are so many thousands of strains, each with its own special ability to grow in multiple kinds of environments. But while we can’t eliminate mold completely, we should always be doing our best to not give it any sort of sanctuary, especially in the workspaces where our employees and coworkers are earning their living. So whether you’re an employer or an employee, it’s a good idea to understand Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and mold. That way, you’ll be sure your work environment is up to government standards in case of an inspection – but far more importantly, you’ll be doing the right thing to safeguard your fellow employees against the detrimental effects that mold can have on physical well-being and operational productivity.
OSHA breaks its mold regulations down into three major areas: general industry, maritime or shipyard employment, and construction environments. If you’ve got an industry-specific question for a particular type of building or situation, you can visit https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/molds/standards.html and follow the detailed links to every subsection of the regulation. (Uncle Sam goes deep into the details if you need them!) There are also additional directives about respiratory protection and indoor air quality. But if you just need a basic summary and overview of the OSHA regulations on mold, https://www.osha.gov/dts/shib/shib101003.html is the place to go for the Safety and Health Information Bulletin called “A Brief Guide to Mold in the Workplace.” The key takeaways for this document include:
- Mold Basics: What mold is, how it grows, and when it becomes a problem indoors.
- Health Effects: Although there are not currently any federal recommended limits on mold concentrations, OSHA lays out some of the negative physical consequences for mold exposure and what actions to take if you think your workplace has a problem.
- Prevention: This section of the bulletin is chock-full of mold prevention tips, such as:
- Keeping moisture from getting out of control
- Promptly repairing any leaks that occur
- Striving to keep your indoor humidity below 70%
- Providing adequate ventilation and drainage throughout your buildings
- Conducting periodic inspections to identify areas where mold is prone to grow
- Remediation Methods and Guidelines: Here, OSHA lays out steps to take for ridding your workplace from mold if you find it, including the wear and use of Personal Protective Equipment and what type of equipment and techniques to use.
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