When working with mold, it is important to take the proper precautions in order to protect yourself.
Molds can grow in many different environments and there are more than 1,000 species that can be found here in the United States.
While outdoor molds are known to serve a crucial role in nature by breaking down organic matter, indoor molds are a different animal.
Indoor molds is not natural and causes many problems such as eating away at materials, smelling and destroying structures.
Many molds can cause allergic reactions, skin infections, asthma attacks, skin irritations and more.
The key to working with mold is to ensure your personal protection.
Gloves should be worn at all times to prevent direct contact with mold. The thicker and longer the gloves, the more protection you have.
You should also wear protective clothing when performing mold remediation work. If you encounter hazardous biological agents as well as chemical and physical hazards, you’ll want to be prepared. This would include anything disposable, and it should be disposed of immediately after use.
It is important to not only wear goggles, but fitted goggles. They’re designed to keep out dust and small debris particles. If your goggles aren’t fitted, they aren’t doing a good job of keeping you as safe as possible.
Respirators are a must when cleaning up during the remediation process. It protects from inhaling airborne mold, contaminated dust and other harmful particles in the air. A half or full-face mask is recommended. As specified by OSHA, individuals who use respirators must be properly trained, have medical clearance and be properly fit tested before beginning use.
Stay safe when you’re working with mold. It is important to increase your knowledge because of the many potential hazards involved with mold remediation. Therefore your knowledge will help you take the necessary steps to ensure your safety and the safety of others.