NIOSH recommends its mold assessment tool



Mold in the indoor workplace may not rank among OSHA’s top 10 hazards for workers, but research indicates that indoor mold can adversely affect the health of residents and workers, particularly those with respiratory problems.

“The available science on mold and their potential health effects remains under study, but considerable progress has been made,” stated the American Industrial Hygiene Association in its 2011 publication Facts about Mold. “The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Institute of Medicine of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the World Health Organization, and Health Canada all agree that living or working in a building with mold damage results in increased risk of respiratory disease.”

To assist employers in identification and removal of mold and its hazards, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has issued a Dampness and Mold Assessment Tool. The intent of the tool, which NIOSH includes in two documents—one for general buildings and one for schools—is to “help assess areas of dampness in buildings and to help prioritize remediation of problems areas.”

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