What If I Am Exposed To Mold At Work?

Mold Exposure On The Job

If you’re being exposed to mold in the workplace, Benchmark Environmental Engineering is here to assist with some tips and information to help you know what steps to take next. As buildings get older, they are more likely to have damage due to mold. You may have heard of Sick Building Syndrome caused by long term exposure to toxic mold. 

Were You Exposed To Mold At Work?

The presence of mold has recently closed school buildings, shut down entire hospitals’ wings, and caused many employers to relocate their offices to newer spaces. Even when a building seems to be well ventilated, a toxic mold infestation can cause many employees to become sick. There are several symptoms you need to be aware of that are related to mold exposure.

  • Constant Nasal Congestion
  • Frequent Sinus Infections
  • Frequent Nosebleeds
  • Irritated Eyes
  • Scratchy Throat
  • Headaches

Mold Can Make You Sick

Mold exposure can cause allergic reactions, asthma, fungal infections, and other respiratory conditions and illnesses. You may even experience other symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, dizziness, or sinus irritation. Pay attention to your health and take note of any changes that may have occurred since changing workplaces.

Things To Be On The Lookout For

If you notice any strange smells, especially if you are aware of any recent water damage in the building, you should immediately inform your employer of the issue. Damp walls and flooring can also lead to mold growth. Mold can get out of hand quickly and needs to be handled with haste to prevent yourself and others from becoming ill. Our black mold testing services can determine where the mold is hiding.

Legal Workplace Protections

For safety reasons, your employer is required to correct and repair any areas that could potentially cultivate toxic mold. If you suffer any illnesses related to being exposed to mold on the job, you’ll need to speak with your employer regarding a Worker’s Compensation claim, which you should be eligible to file. The appropriate person within your organization should be able to assist you with the process of filing your claim.

Don’t Let Mold Ruin Your Health

If you suspect you’re at risk of mold exposure in your workplace, call Benchmark Environmental Engineering to learn more about our mold testing services. Mold can cause a lot of damage to your health and the structures in which it cultivates. Our services can determine where the mold and moisture buildup is coming from so that your company can pursue the proper clean up options.