SMITHFIELD, RI — NOVEMBER 7, 2012 — Flood waters caused by hurricanes, rising rivers from torrential rains, and other natural disasters leave a wake of destruction. After the immediate cleanup, workers are left a major health hazard — mold. To assist with workers’ questions about how best to protect themselves, Honeywell Safety Products is offering its “Mold Remediation Overview” for download at http://goo.gl/3TRZn.
Molds are fungi that can be found anywhere, growing on virtually any substance. All that is needed is moisture, oxygen and an organic source. Any remediation work that disturbs mold and causes mold spores to become airborne increases the degree of exposure. While many molds are innocuous, other molds can be extremely toxic — causing respiratory and other disorders. Inhalation is the route of exposure of most concern to flood cleanup workers.
There are no U.S. government standards or regulations for exposure. However, government agencies have provided guidelines on personal protective equipment for workers. The level of protection recommended increases with the size and scope of the infected site.
To help workers protect themselves from the hazards of mold exposure, Honeywell Safety has published a “Mold Remediation Overview.” The document is available to download from the Honeywell Safety website at http://goo.gl/3TRZn.
About Honeywell Safety Products
Honeywell Safety Products (http://www.honeywellsafety.com), a global manufacturer of leading personal protective equipment (PPE) brands such as Honeywell®, Uvex®, North®, Howard Leight®, Miller®, Fibre-Metal® and Servus®, offers a full range of quality PPE including respiratory, hand, footwear and clothing, welding, head, first-aid, hearing, eye/face, fall protection, lockout/tag out, and traffic safety products.
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