Mould remediation

Mould is a natural component of the environment. Mould spores are commonly found on any surface and air mass. However, when mould spores are present in large quantities, they can represent a health hazard. All mould growth is not visible and the presence of any visual mould is usually an indicator of poor indoor air quality.

Some varieties of mould can produce dangerous amounts of toxins, potentially causing allergic reactions and respiratory problems. Some persons are very sensitive to moulds and can experience severe allergic reactions including asthma, bronchitis, and rhinitis. Persons with chronic lung diseases or immune suppression issues can experience higher risk of infections. It is known that an individual can become sensitive to mould if he is exposed for long term to high levels of mould spores, according to scientist studies.

Moisture control is the first step in preventing mould growth. Mould like any other living organism, require water, nutrients, air and suitable temperatures to grow. Organic materials like wood, paper and others are nutrients for moulds. Mould will grow wherever there is moisture and organic materials.

Mould becomes a health hazard when it is in large quantities, high concentration of mould spores or covers a large area depending on the location. For larger areas (larger than 10 square feet) it is recommended to be cleaned by an experienced contractor in this type of work like JCH team. It is important to determine the cause of the moisture and correct the problem before any remediation work starts.

The Occupational Health and Safety Act places a responsibility on constructors (section 23), employers (section 25), and supervisors (section 27) to ensure the health and safety of workers. This includes protecting workers from mould in workplace buildings. Various sections of the Industrial, Construction, Mining or Health Care regulations may also apply to maintenance and remediation activities.( Source: MInistry of Labour )

If you are an employer, property manager, property owner or land lord, you can be subject of a major legal action under Bill C-45; you already have a legal duty of ensuring the health and safety of all visitors to the premises and prevent the exposure of employees, visitors and all people at risk. The JCH team helps you take every “reasonable precautions” to comply with the legislative requirements.

For more Info, please visit the links below:

Mould in Workplace Buildings.
Health Canada: Fungal Contamination in Public Buildings 
CSAO - Health & Safety Manual for Mould
Bill C-45 Overview
Facts About Mold. New York City Department of Health.
Homeowner lost legal suit over mould

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