The environmental issues surrounding mold have been around as long as both air and water. No matter the industry, business entities need to safeguard their products, whether material or intellectual. Commercial corporations wish to preserve their documents; libraries, their books; museums, their archives, just as hospitals and laboratories wish to protect their reports. Even in an age when data and images are filed online and in databases, paper records and other collections still need protecting.
Unfortunately, no place is completely secure from potential moisture or water damage. Exterior water can seep inside buildings. Interior spills or flooding can occur in offices and nonindustrial buildings of all kinds, creating an atmosphere ripe for mold.
Mold, a hardy form of fungi, can be found virtually anywhere but thrives in damp areas with high humidity and low light. Mold loves porous surfaces: paper, textiles, food and wood. With nearly one thousand different types of mold in the United States alone, many of them invisible to the naked eye, swift and thorough action is required to keep both documents and records – and workers – safe.
If what needs to be protected has already been in contact with mold, remediation will be necessary.Moving affected materials to a location with proper air circulation that is also cool and dry is highly important so as to guard additional documents and items of value from the spread of mold.
Keeping records and collections secure is a top priority, of course. But more important than preservation and restoration, is ensuring that workers who are in contact with toxic mold, avoid illness. Research has shown that mold exposure has been associated with respiratory ailments and in some cases, Occupational Respiratory Disease, which is defined as advanced and potentially dangerous levels of respiratory illness contracted in the workplace.
Many businesses, in both the public and private sector, take very seriously the task of protecting their employees from the health risks associated with mold. The National Park Service, for example, recommends prevention and remediation to the agencies they oversee. This includes regular maintenance of HVAC systems, replacement HEPA filters, and added filtration – such as our SP-400-AMB unit – in rooms and storage areas where mold-creating environmental conditions exist.
At AIR SYSTEMS Inc, our indoor air quality products are specially designed for removing toxic mold at its source – which will go a long way to keeping employees and the collections they are hired to protect, safe. Contact us today for a free clean air analysis.