In an ongoing effort to increase the safety of workers cleaning up in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a new fact sheet on mold threats that could harm employees. The fact sheet "Mold Hazards During Hurricane Sandy Cleanup" includes information on how employers can protect their workers who may come in contact with dangerous mold during cleanup.
"Workers will be exposed to mold during hurricane response and cleanup activities. Remediation of mold-contaminated building materials and surfaces can and must be done safely, so that no worker is sickened or injured while performing this vital work," said Robert Kulick, OSHA's regional administrator in New York. "Critical to this is employers knowing the hazards of mold, developing an effective mediation plan, the use of effective controls, work practices and personal protective equipment, and training employees to recognize and protect themselves against mold."
Because mold thrives in wet, damp areas, it is often a major concern for flood recovery workers. Protect workers from exposure, which can lead to respiratory problems and other ailments, with the appropriate safety products required by OSHA, including goggles, coveralls, work gloves and respiratory protection.