Mould in the workplace can be a serious health and safety hazard that could be putting your employees at risk. Exposure to mould spores can cause respiratory problems, allergies, asthma and even immunological reactions.
The most common responses are upper and lower respiratory issues, but they can also include breathing difficulties, skin rashes, headaches, cough, wheezing and asthma. Long-term exposure can cause chronic fatigue, cold- and flu-like symptoms, shortness of breath and weakness.
Mould grows on various surfaces such as wood, paint, walls, wallpaper, fabric, ceilings, bathroom tiles, carpets, insulation material, and around windows and pipes. It absorbs organic material from these surfaces eventually destroying them in the process.
Here are 5 ways you can mould-proof your office space:
1. Keep humidity levels as low as you can
The level of humidity should be no higher than 50% — all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier and fan will help you keep the level optimal.
2. Maintain Your Systems
Maintain heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems by performing regular inspections and by making sure these are set to the correct environmental conditions. Be sure to keep air con drip pans clean, flowing properly, and unobstructed.
3. Avoid Tightly Sealed Windows and Doors
Mould growth, especially on windows, occurs due to infiltration and condensation. Keep these conditions in check by opening your windows regularly. You should open your office windows any time the weather permits. This will allow natural airflow inside while keeping the window frames dry. Clean your windows and window frames regularly, as regular cleaning prevents the accumulation of dust, which typically contributes to mould growth.
4. Repair Water Leaks
Water damage caused by leaks is one of the leading causes of mould growth. Therefore, if you have a leaking wall, roof, or faulty water faucet, initiate immediate repair so that it doesn’t create a conducive environment for the growth of mould. You should regularly monitor your building for damp walls or leakages. If you discover a leak, repair and dry the damp materials by exposing them to sunlight.
5. Conduct regular inspections
Apart from repairing water damage, you should inspect your building regularly for visible signs of mould growth. Regular inspection is the best way to detect and prevent its growth in the early stages. Your inspection should focus on the following areas where mould thrives:
Kitchens, especially below the sink
Under the carpets
Take Action early to Protect Your Business and Employees
If mould is growing on the walls, floors or ceilings of your office space or business, it will have to be taken care of as soon as possible for the health of your employees and the maintenance of your building. Mould grows quickly, and finding the source of moisture and treating it will prevent additional mould from growing.
By conducting regular cleaning in your office space you can remove any dust particles which may encourage mould growth in a damp environment. Commercial cleaners can also remove mould from surfaces as it arises and identify other areas of concern.
Ready to take action against mould in your office space?