Chronic allergies and illness are one of the top reasons for workplace absences in Vancouver. This is due to mild, moderate temperatures, a high level of humidity, and extended allergy seasons. Mould is a major culprit for an increase in sick days, especially after prolonged exposure. Routine cleaning is necessary for preventing mould, mildew, and other bacteria growth.
Types of Mould
There are a variety of different types of mould commonly found in Vancouver offices and commercial spaces. Black mould is the most common and is highly toxic. This mould thrives in warm, moist environments such as windows, bathrooms, ceilings, office kitchens, and other damp areas. Pink mould is another mould found in office bathrooms and office kitchens.
Signs of Mould
The human eye can easily spot most mould and mildew. There are a few varieties that are not easily visible. White mould is the most common and is often distinguished by a white, powdery substance. It grows on porous building surfaces and affects structural integrity over an extended period of time.
These are the top signs to look out for:
- Musty odours
- Water damage
- Black, white, or yellow spots on walls, window sills, or other surfaces
The affects of mould depend on the amount, length of exposure, and proximity. Short-term affects vary by individual. Cold-like symptoms are the most common. This includes sneezing, coughing, a stuffy/runny nose, sore throat, headache, dizziness, fatigue, and skin and eye irritations. People who suffer from allergies, asthma, medical conditions, old age, or are pregnant are prone to more severe symptoms.
Long-term exposure to mould and mildew causes irreversible damage. Signs include sinus infections, respiratory illness, fatigue, organ failure, a weakened immune system, memory loss, and brain damage.
How to Get Rid of Workplace Mould
It is important to have mould tested by a professional to reduce the risk of exposure, as mould spores easily spread via air currents. Vinegar or bleach should used for less severe cases of mould and mildew. Wear gloves, a mask, and eye protection to minimize the risk of safety hazards. Proper air circulation and ventilation is important for ensuring good airflow.
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