Unfortunately, discovering mold in the workplace is not an altogether uncommon occurrence. Many people find themselves struggling to determine easiest way to have the mold addressed without creating a rift between themselves and their employer. At Mold Inspection Illinois, we aim to make your mold problem a thing of the past. Broadening your knowledge about mold in the workplace will not only help you to effectively communicate your concerns about the mold growth, but will also allow you to solve the problem quickly.
OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) is a federal organization that ensures safe and healthy working conditions for Americans. Their stance on mold in the workplace will play an important role in conveying the importance of addressing mold growth to your employer. An OSHA Safety and Health Bulletin states that being exposed to mold can result in health problems, and can also cause significant structural damage to a workplace. While your health is of the utmost concern, it can sometimes help to address the “more practical” need for mold removal, and then address the health effects afterwards.
OSHA states “If left unchecked, mold can eventually cause structural damage to a wood-framed building, weakening floors and walls as it feeds on moist wooden structural members.” Telling your employer about the inevitable property damage associated with mold growth is an easy way to avoid having them feel as though you are accusing them of negligence. Take the “I just wanted to let you know” stance, and oftentimes you’ll be more readily received.
The health effects of mold exposure, however, are not to be downplayed. According to OSHA, mold exposure may cause asthma attacks, irritation of the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and mucosal and skin infections. Studies also show that in the immune-compromised the heath effects can be severe and even life-threatening. Noting this information to a reluctant employer can sometimes assist them in understanding the gravity of the situation.
Either way, if there is mold growth in your workplace or you suspect that mold is growing in your workplace, it is important to bring it to your employer’s attention. Doing so confidently and quickly will help you and those around you return to a comfortable, safe work environment. Still have questions? Call Mold Inspection Illinois at (855) 464-8810 to speak with one of our trained representatives.