Mold hazards, especially for crews working in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, are very dangerous to humans. Mold may be present everywhere, even when you can’t see it, thanks to the flood waters and heavy rains. As a recovery worker, encountering mold will be a frequent task and exposure to mold can provide deadly.
Even if you are not tasked with the job of remediating mold-covered areas, you still must protect yourself from exposure and inhalation of the mold spores present. Respirators to protect your breathing are highly recommended. Disposable clothing should also be used in order to prevent mold from tagging along home with you and contaminating your other personal belongings.
According to the Center for Diseases Control, exposure to mold can result in respiratory distress and even deadly pneumonia. For workers will weak immune systems, mold can trigger serious consequences. Allergies to mold are also very common and can make workers very sick. Prolonged exposure to mold can cause a disease referred to as hypersensitivity pneumonitis.
Workers should be properly trained to recognize mold’s presence on different surfaces. They should always be wearing the proper protective equipment including respirators whether they know mold is present or not. Employers need to always ensure the gear and training are enforced by all workers at all time during cleanup to prevent illness Workers should also never eat or drink while in mold-infested, flooded areas.
If you have been exposed to mold or other Hurricane Sandy-related hazards during cleanup, contact our office to discuss your situation for free. You can schedule an appointment by calling 888-799-3918 or by using our online contact form for more information.