Business owners who manage an office with employees have to be very careful about mold. Not only does it pose a potential health threat, some employees may even sue over it—especially if they are really suffering. After all, when an individual is spending 40 hours a week at a location with mold, chances are they are going to be affected. The bottom line is, mold needs to be taken seriously in an office. If there’s mold at work, there are sure to be problems of some kind eventually.
Employees who are (or think they are) being exposed to mold are most likely not going to want to work. Productivity may decline, and the employees may also file worker’s comp or disability claims. The issues can really pile up if mold is around.
So What’s The Best Way To Handle Mold At Work?
First of all, it’s good to be aware that mold actually exists in all buildings in some form. The trouble comes when the presence of certain species of mold spores are present. This can become toxic and cause allergies, asthma, rashes, migraines, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, and even permanent health effects in people with low immunity.
If you suspect there’s mold at work, the best thing to do is to call in a professional mold remediation company to check it out. Many companies (like us at Pro Restoration) offer free consultations to let you know what your mold situation is.
A good inspector will look for the cause of the mold at work. This can come from a wide range of reasons, including leaky pipes, plumbing mistakes, lack of maintenance, old HVAC systems, improper landscaping design, or flood damage. Old buildings are particularly susceptible to mold problems, and it could even be inside the carpet.
By handling the root cause of the mold, you can take more control of it. If dangerous mold is found, it will need to be removed from the office.
Inform Your Employees
Whatever steps you take after this, you’ll need to inform your employees. Make sure everyone knows and understands what’s going on with the mold. Employees tend to get uneasy about mold of any kind—understandably—so it’s important to keep them on the same page.
If any employees have complained about breathing problems or other health issues, check your business insurance policy to see if you can cover their doctor visits.
Hopefully you won’t have to deal with mold at work, but if you do, please contact us. At Pro Restoration Company, we offer free consultations for mold inspections. Our mold remediation services involve comprehensive testing to ensure that the property is safe.
If you’re in the Las Vegas, Henderson, or Clark County area and you think you may have mold at work, allow our specialist to come out to inspect your building. We can take care of any mold situation before or after it gets out of hand. To learn more about our restoration services, contact Pro Restoration today!