Can Employees Go to Work During Mold Removal
Building or business owners may want to continue operating during mold remediation. It can be possible to do so depending on the containment methods in use and how much of a structure will be affected by mold removal. Owners should consider the following factors to provide employees with a safe working environment during remediation.
Confirm the Containment Strategy
The extent and type of mold present in a structure will determine whether containment is necessary. These measures will affect the portion of a building affected by mold growth that is being removed:
- Limited containment for contamination of 10 to 100 square feet
- Full containment for contamination of over 100 square feet
- Airlocks and decontamination chambers for major infestations and toxigenic species, such as black mold
If employees usually work in an area that is now contained, it will be off-limits during mold removal. These individuals should be relocated until remediation is complete.
Relocate Within a Structure or to a Temporary Location
Even if a work area is not within a containment zone, it can still be helpful to relocate staff to another part of a structure or a temporary location. As long as work can continue, a business owner should not need to make an interruption insurance claim.
Turn Off the HVAC
Air conditioning, heating, and fans can spread spores throughout a structure. Even if limited or full containment is in use with negative air pressure, an HVAC system may still spread preexisting spores throughout a structure. Climate control and ventilation should not be used until the main unit and ductwork have been cleaned.
Be sure to inform employees about the remediation process. Notifications about the mold removal schedule and safety measures can help to maintain productivity levels during this time. Building and business owners can trust that removal will be completed thoroughly and quickly by certified mold remediation professionals.