How A Properly Trained Inspector Conducts A Mold Inspection
The guidelines that OSHA have set for mold inspections are among the most commonly used regulations in the United States. There should always be some sort of protection protocol that is implemented on behalf of the workers. It should be documented, taught to and followed rigorously by anyone entering a contaminated workspace.
Some of the main things that need to be considered before conducting a mold inspection are:
1) The surveillance of health hazards within a location for environment.
2) Engineering, administrative and executive controls along with the use of personal protective equipment.
3) Rigid training about mold exposure, potential adverse health reactions and preventative planning that can stop any emergencies before they happen.
4) Most importantly there must be in emergency response plan that is specific, detailed and ready to be implemented in a minutes notice.
After there is a clear and established policy that protects all employees in on-site workers then a company can proceed to examine a home for mold. It is also very important to educate workers about the consequences of what can happen when protocol is not followed. Typically speaking, when mold inspectors are aware of the true dangers they may face they will be much more likely and much more receptive to take their safety seriously.
Personal Protective Equipment
Mold inspectors worked within an industry that is highly prone to dangerous biohazardous materials. On top of following a strict set of guidelines there must also be safeguards that are set in regards to the materials they wear. The first thing any mold inspector needs is a full Tyvek suit. These are the suits that cover your head and feet as well as every square inch of your body. Tyvek suits should be inspected for any rips, tears or holes after they are put on in prior to entering a home. In homes with high concentrations of toxic mold all it takes is a pin sized prick to trigger acute adverse reactions.
The mold inspector also needs to wear a respiratory facial mask. In this industry it is very common for mold remediation companies and inspectors alike to buy these cheap n-95 masks.
It is true that these masks can help reduce the amount of mold spores and contaminated particulates that are inhaled into the lungs. However, it is a well-known fact that mold spores under the size of 10 µ are small enough to penetrate these masks. They are referred to as n-95 masks because they remove 95% of particulates in the air. But these were invented for general construction, sawdust, sheet rock dust, and non-toxic paints. They are overused and abused in the mold remediation industry.
And educate a mold inspector will come in with a full double cylinder facial mask. These are the ones that look very similar to what cops wear during riots when teargas is thrown. They are effective in blocking 99.8% of mold spores in the air. But here is the thing. Reputable mold companies use moldicides that contain silver which is known as a heavy metal. Within these industrial chemicals the silver medal is finely dispersed using nano-based technology. This essentially means that the metal can flow in the air like a gas. If a mold inspector finds mold in your home in the company needs to use these chemicals they will absolutely need these commercial facial masks to protect themselves not just from mold exposure but heavy-metal poisoning as well.