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Using Respirators during Mold Remediation Projects

Posted on July 07, 2014
by Susana Escamilla

While reading news about mold removal, we learn a list of why mold can be a health hazard and how to prevent it. However, in the Indoor Air Quality Industry we also need to be cautious when working with mold. Professionals need to protect themselves when working with mold because when one breathes mold spores that is when, it can be a unhealthy environment. Wear respiratory protection when handling or cleaning moldy materials. Those working to remediate mold will wear respirators.

Mold counts in the air can be 10 to 1,000 times higher than normal during a removal or cleaning project. In addition, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) states that the minimal type of breathing mask, or respirator, that should be used for protection from mold particles is an N-95 particulate respirator approved by NIOSH.According to the the United States Environmental Protection Agency, in order for respirators to be effective, the respirator or mask must fit properly, so carefully follow the instructions supplied with the respirator.The video provided by the Indoor Air Quality Association talks more about using respirators during mold remediation projects.  If you have mold or want to improve the indoor air quality in your environment, AirTek provides several indoor air services. AirTek has been helping individuals create a healthier, cleaner and energy efficient indoor environments for 25 years.



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