Mold in the Workplace and its Devastating Effect on Workers
When you have been injured or fallen ill due to mold in the workplace, you are working with toxic torts. Toxic torts, in general, are injuries that are caused by toxic materials and substances – those which frequently cause cancer, organ damage, and birth defects. Many of these substances and materials are asbestos, toxic molds, pesticides, and defective drugs. Today we will investigate molds, including what they are, how bad they are for humans, and what you can do if you have been exposed.
Mold: What is it and How do we Lower Exposure?
Mold is a microscopic fungi that needs plant and animal matter in order for it to grow. Interestingly enough, there are greater than 100,000 different species of fungi that exist in our world. Mold produces spores, which is beneficial to the fungi because it allows it to spread itself to different locations by air, water, or even insects. Toxic mold is dangerous and can be fatal to humans – however, we find that many molds actually have no effect on humans. Many molds appear in households, with only two being toxic in nature!
Some people are known as ‘sensitized individuals,’ who are those that are more prone to the effect of molds. Because of this, being exposed to mold can be extremely dangerous to them and cause them severe illness. They may experience nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, fevers, shortness of breath, or even chronic illnesses such as obstructive lung disease from infections in the lungs. Fortunately, there are many ways to lower mold exposure. This includes the following:
· Keeping indoor humidity levels at below 40%
· Using an air conditioner during humid months
· Adequately ventilating the workplace
· Cleaning bathrooms with anti-mold products
· Removing soaked carpets
An experienced attorney will be able to address your legal needs from a different standpoint than you are familiar with. If you have fallen ill due to conditions in the workplace, we are there for you. Call us for more information on how we can help.