Mould removal is critical to ensure the safety of personnel and patrons in any business. Mould poses a risk to human health and shouldn’t be disregarded. It may be the responsibility of businesses and property owners, as well as Housing Associations & Property Management Companies to arrange for specialist mould removal. Mould falls under the COSHH guidelines in the Health & Safety Act for businesses.
COSHH is the law that requires employers to control substances that are hazardous to health such as mould removal. HSE recommends that the way to prevent or reduce the risks of exposure to this hazardous substance is to:
Furthermore Landlords, Housing Associations and Property Management Companies need to follow the Landlord & Tenant Act 1985, the Housing Act 2004 and the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. Mould removal comes under these acts and are in place to ensure tenants are kept safe and are living in an environment that is fit for human habitation. Moreover, the Housing Health and Safety Rating reports damp as crucial for repair due to the health and wellbeing problems it can cause tenants.
Mould is a serious health hazard, which is why specialist mould removal services are so crucial.
Mould growth can occur due to inadequate ventilation and high humidity levels, leading to excessive moisture in the home. Other causes include, bad weather and location, leaks or gaps and condensation.
It is noteworthy that the manner in which a property is maintained often leads to the proliferation of mould and mildew. We discuss this in another blog post here, discussing who is at fault if this occurs in rented out properties.
Mould spores can float through the air and can be unseen. This makes it easier and also can be unknown to many that they are inhaling it.
Some health hazards that occur from mould are:
Individuals with pre-existing respiratory, mental health, or skin conditions may find that the presence of mould worsens their symptoms and heightens their susceptibility.
Therefore, specialist mould removal is essential. Many tenants or businesses may try and remove this themselves, but this may not always prove effective. Due to the potential health risks and dangers associated with mould, it is strongly recommended that a specialist be consulted for its removal.
Specialists are knowledgeable in both the removal of mould and methods of prevention to ensure safety for all in the long term.
It is the responsibility of commercial property owners to get urgent assistance for mould removal, for the safety of workers/occupants and it is their responsibility to ensure they don’t come to harm at their premises. By not doing so, can create health and legal issues.
Tackling mould at the earliest stage possible is in the best interests of everyone concerned. Once mould or dampness has been identified, it is essential that a mould and dampness specialist be consulted in order to obtain an accurate diagnosis. The responsible party should then take the necessary steps to treat the issue.
At CPL t/a Rainbow International we are experts in dealing with all kinds of mould and damp issues. To find out how we can help you, give us a call freephone on 0800 030 4360.