Mold Assessment & Management
Mold Assessments Are Completed By Professional Scientists And Include:
- Professional scientific review of available and existing building information
- Survey of the building noting indicators and/or presence of potential mold-affected areas
- Field testing of parameters indicative of mold contamination
- Collection and submission of potential mold-containing materials and/or air quality samples for laboratory analysis
- Summary of results, and recommendations of assessments in a report prepared and delivered to the client
- Abatement project management including design, planning, management, and monitoring as required on behalf of clients.
- Monitoring of indoor/outdoor air quality to determine:
- required level of respiratory protection during abatement
- background concentrations in air on-site.
What is mold and why is it a problem?
A mold is a fungus that grows in the form of multicellular filaments (hyphae) comprising a mycelium which to the eye appears as a discoloured and fuzzy substance on the surface of the growth medium. Molds can cause degradation of natural materials and air quality. This can be particularly problematic for property and/or business owners with respect to property damage and/or health concerns for residents, neighbours, employees, and other individuals susceptible to potential exposure.
Why is mold a human health concern?
Molds are ubiquitous in nature and are a common component of household and workplace dust. However, uncontrolled mold growth in buildings can lead to a variety of health problems or disease in animals and humans. Mold-related disease may stem from allergenic and/or respiratory sensitivity to mold spores, pathogenic mold growth within the body, or from the effects of ingested or inhaled mycotoxins produced by molds. Some studies related to high-level mycotoxin exposure claim neurological problems and in some cases lethal outcomes. Symptoms often indicative of a mold allergy are watery, itchy eyes, a chronic cough, headaches or migraines, laboured breathing, rashes, tiredness, sinus problems, nasal blockage, and frequent sneezing.
How can mold impact my business?
In British Columbia, workers are protected from potential unhealthy workplace environments as a result of regulations adopted by WorkSafeBC. WorkSafeBC applies Sections 4.79(1), 4.79(2), and 3.10 of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulation for the protection of workers to biological exposures of hazardous indoor air quality. Section 3.10 of the Regulation requires observations of unsafe or harmful conditions to be immediately reported to superiors/employers for investigation. Section 4.79(1) of the Regulation requires the employer to investigate complaints of unsafe indoor air quality, while Section 4.79(2) of the Regulation stipulates adequate air quality investigation associated with complaints, including sampling and analysis of airborne contaminants and/or bulk sample collection of visible mold on surfaces.
Where is mold found?
Molds are commonly found in areas prone to water damage or moisture retention such as flooded homes or attic spaces from leaking roofs, buildings constructed during wet weather, or prior marijuana grow operations. Low levels of mold are normally present in homes and outdoor environments, with reproduction occurring via sporulation. Mold spores are transported through air circulating in indoor and/or outdoor environments until landing on a damp surface such as wood, paper, carpet, and/or food, at which point reproductive division occurs. Areas of the home or workplace often prone to moisture and mold growth are the bathroom, kitchen, recently flooded areas, basements, plumbing spaces, and poorly ventilated and humid indoor/outdoor environments. Mold reproduction can be become unmanageable and hazardous in indoor environments if moisture problems persist.