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Reducing Exposure During Mold Remediation

12/12/2020 (Permalink)

A professional disinfector in overalls processes the walls from mold. Removal of black fungus in the apartment and house. Personal protective equipment or PPE is crucial to protect workers

There are many regulations in place to protect mold removal professionals. This includes wearing PPE. If you have a mold removal scheduled for your business in Olympia, WA, you should expect to see many safety procedures in place. However, the amount that is used is dependent on the amount of affected area. Here are the standard safety practices for each project size.

Standard PPE

Personal protective equipment or PPE is crucial to protect workers. The general PPE used during remediation includes:

  • Hard hat
  • Safety goggles
  • Disposable gloves
  • Shoe covers
  • Respirator

Small Isolated Areas
For this type of project, workers need not use more than the standard PPE to protect themselves from spores. Aside from this, workers should clear the area of customers or employees and suppress any dust.

Mid-Sized Areas
Like for small projects, mid-sized areas only require the standard PPE. Workers will also want to clear the area of customers or employees and suppress any dust.

Large Projects
For large mold remediation projects, workers will need the standard PPE. However, this will require more safety measures than small and mid-sized projects. To start, they will develop a remediation plan based on their evaluation and consultant opinions. Then, they will clear the affected area and neighboring areas of employees and customers. Once the area has been cleared, a professional remediation company will use plastic to contain the spores. This includes sealing vents, doors, and any other openings. As with the small and mid-sized projects, they will take measures to suppress any potential dust.

Extensive Projects
When most of a building is affected, the standard procedures for a large project will be used. In addition to these practices, the crew will likely keep the building under negative pressure. They will also turn off the HVAC system.
When the remediation crew comes for your mold growth, you can expect there to be plenty of safety procedures in place. There is a set of PPE that will always be worn during the remediation process, although other safety procedures may change based on the project's size.

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