24.10.2003

Mold Contamination

OSHA has issued a new safety and health information bulletin providing
recommendations on preventing mold growth and protecting workers involved in
the cleanup of mold.

Molds are found almost everywhere and can grow on virtually any substance as
long as moisture and oxygen are present. Molds can damage building materials
and, if left unchecked, can eventually cause structural damage to wood-framed
buildings by weakening floors and walls.

Some molds have the potential to cause adverse health effects, including asthma
attacks in some people who are allergic to mold, according to OSHA. Exposure to
mold can also cause other types of allergic reactions, including hay fever-type
symptoms, skin rashes and irritation to the eyes, nose, throat and lungs.

Molds are usually not a problem unless mold spores land on a damp spot and
begin growing. They digest whatever they land on in order to survive. There are
molds that grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods and insulation, while other molds
feast on the everyday dust and dirt that gather in the moist regions of a
building.

Further information


AplusA-online.de - Source: Occupational Safety & Health Administration