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OSHA Guidelines on Mold in the Workplace

OSHA Guidelines on Mold in the Workplace

OSHA Guidelines on Mold in the Workplace

Residential mold problems often make the news headlines, but the stories don’t end there. Mold removal in New Jersey is equally important in office buildings, restaurants and other workplaces. While there are currently no federal regulations in place, OSHA offers helpful guidelines for dealing with workplace mold.

When Does Mold Become a Problem?

Mold spores are constantly present in the air, both indoors and outdoors. They generally have no effect unless they begin to colonize on an interior surface. If left untreated, mold can eventually cause serious health and structural issues.

What Causes Mold to Grow?

Water is the lifeblood of mold. Growth occurs in areas with excessive moisture, where a mold spore is more likely to come into contact with dampness. Risky workplace conditions include leaky pipes or roofs, and malfunctioning HVAC systems.

How Does Mold Impact Health?

Mold produces allergens that can trigger a number of upper respiratory symptoms such as runny nose, watery eyes and scratchy throat. While people who suffer from allergies are most susceptible, those without allergies can still develop symptoms after prolonged exposure.

How Can Mold Be Prevented?

– Clean up water spills, leaks and floods immediately and repair any corresponding damage.

– Make sure that kitchens, bathrooms and moisture-generating appliances are properly vented according to code.

– Have HVAC systems inspected and maintained regularly.

– Schedule a professional mold assessment to identify risk factors and confirm the presence of mold.

Safe and Effective Mold Removal in New Jersey

Our proprietary MoldExterm program offers eco-friendly mold remediation and prevention with minimal disruption to your workplace. Contact Stern Mold to schedule a free mold inspection by one of our experienced technicians.

Pamela Stern is Our Professional Industrial Hygienist

Introducing Pamela Stern, whose Many Duties Include Evaluating Hazardous Conditions in the Workplace

“Sick” workplaces can have a negative impact on the health of employees as well as people in the surrounding community. Pamela Stern, our professional industrial hygienist on staff, has extensive experience in recognizing, evaluating and controlling stressful environmental factors such as mold and fungus.

Becoming a Professional Industrial Hygienist

In order to achieve the designation of professional industrial hygienist, an individual must meet specific academic and field criteria.

  • A candidate must hold a bachelor’s degree in engineering, chemistry or related biological or physical science from an accredited institution.
  • In addition, the individual must have completed at least three years of industrial hygiene experience.
  • A master’s degree equates to one year of experience while a doctorate can count for two years, but that is the maximum amount of work experience that may be waived.

Certified Industrial Hygienist

The American Industrial Hygiene Association recommends that all eligible members attain certification from the American Board of Industrial Hygiene. Requirements include:

  • Academic training along with four years of work experience
  • Passing a one-day exam
  • Staying active by applying for recertification every five years

As a professional industrial hygienist, Pamela’s responsibilities include evaluating hazardous conditions in the workplace, developing methods to treat and control possible risk factors, and training workers in proper heath and safety procedures.

Stern Mold: The Leader in Manhattan and NYC Mold Removal

Our first-class mold removal team includes Pamela along with our other professionally-trained and experienced technicians. Don’t take chances with the health of employees and others in the community. Contact us today to schedule a free mold inspection and learn more about our unique and effective MoldExterm program.