23.12.2002

Risks to Health from Moulds and Other Fungi

The Occupational Safety and Health Service of the Department of Labour, New
Zealand, highlights a potentialhealth issue for workers and others who may be
involved in repair of buildings. These problems can arise when leaks allow the
growth of mould and fungi - whatever the cause of the leak.

Symptoms that exposed persons report include:

- Respiratory problems, such as wheezing and shortness of breath;

- Nasal and sinus congestion;

- Eye irritation (burning, watery, or reddened eyes);

- Dry, hacking cough;

- Nose or throat irritation; and

- Skin rashes or irritation.

The necessary control of hazards include

- Remove of Mouldy Materials

- Clean and Dry the Mouldy Areas

- Disinfection of Contaminated Materials

- Precautions (like work for short time periods with rests in fresh air) and especially

-Prevention of Moulds.

Further Information


AplusA-online.de - Source: Occupational Safety and Health Service of the Department of Labour, New Zealand