Customer Service

 Customer Survey

LABConnect™ - Online Results & More

Mold in Workplace

Category Press Release
Publish Date 2/12/2015
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Managing Mold & Moisture in the Work Environment
Introduction EMSL Analytical provides mold and indoor air quality (IAQ) testing services to protect workers and the public from exposure risks.

Cinnaminson, NJ, February 12th, 2015

Employers are responsible for providing a safe workplace for all of their employees. One area of concern for those who work in buildings that have high humidity levels or that have suffered water damage is the potential presence of mold. With moisture, mold can begin to grow on many building materials, furnishings and contents in less than 48 hours.

People that are exposed to elevated levels of mold in the air they breathe can develop a wide range of health issues.  Workers who suspect they have indoor air quality problems should report their concerns to their supervisors and/or to those people who are responsible for building maintenance.

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), when health problems are believed to be caused by exposure to dampness or mold in the workplace, building owners and managers should do the following:

  • Always respond when occupant health concerns are reported.
  • Establish clear procedures for recording and responding to indoor environmental quality (IEQ) complaints to ensure an adequate and timely response.
  • Regularly inspect building areas for evidence of dampness; take prompt steps to identify and correct the causes of any dampness problems found.
  • Conduct regularly scheduled heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system inspections, and promptly correct any problems.
  • Prevent high indoor humidity through the proper design and operation of HVAC systems.
  • Dry any porous building materials that have become wet from leaks or flooding within 48 hours.
  • Clean and repair or replace any building materials that are moisture-damaged or show evidence of visible mold growth.
  • Encourage occupants who have developed persistent or worsening respiratory symptoms while working in the building to see a healthcare provider.
  • Follow healthcare provider recommendations for relocation of occupants diagnosed with building-related respiratory diseases.
  • Establish an indoor environmental quality team consisting of a coordinator and representatives of the building’s employees, employers and building management who would oversee implementation of an IEQ program.

“At EMSL, we offer indoor environmental quality testing services to identify mold and other indoor pollutants,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Our Products Division also supplies a comprehensive range of inspection tools and equipment, such as moisture meters, that can be instrumental in finding elevated moisture levels in materials that if left alone could quickly lead to mold concerns.”

EMSL recently sponsored an educational video about mold and moisture in the work environment that can be seen at:

To learn more about mold and IAQ testing services or other environmental, health and safety issues, please visit, call (800)220-3675 or email

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.

EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental, industrial hygiene, food and materials testing services and products to government agencies, industry professionals and the general public.  The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.

Atlanta, GA (LAB 07) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-1Baton Rouge, LA (LAB 25) - NVLAP Lab Code 200375-0Beltsville, MD (LAB 19) - NVLAP Lab Code 200293-0Boston, MA (LAB 13) - NVLAP Lab Code 101147-0Buffalo, NY (LAB 14) - NVLAP Lab Code 200056-0Carle Place, NY (LAB 06) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-10Charlotte, NC (LAB 41) - NVLAP Lab Code 200841-0Chicago, IL (LAB 26) - NVLAP Lab Code 200399-0Cinnaminson, NJ (LAB List in Description) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-0Dallas, TX (LAB 11) - NVLAP Lab Code 600111-0Denver, CO (LAB 22) - NVLAP Lab Code 200828-0EMSL Canada - Calgary, AB (LAB 65) - NVLAP Lab Code 500100-0EMSL Canada - Edmonton, AB (LAB 50) - NVLAP Lab Code 600321-0EMSL Canada - Markham, ON (LAB 66) - NVLAP Lab Code 600317-0EMSL Canada - Montreal, QC (LAB 68) - NVLAP Lab Code 201052-0EMSL Canada - Ottawa, ON (LAB 67) - NVLAP Lab Code 201040-0EMSL Canada - Toronto, ON (LAB 55) - NVLAP Lab Code 200877-0EMSL Canada - Vancouver, BC (LAB 69) - NVLAP Lab Code 201068-0Fort Lauderdale, FL (LAB 56) - NVLAP Lab Code 500085-0Houston, TX (LAB 15) - NVLAP Lab Code 102106-0Huntington Beach, CA (LAB 33) - NVLAP Lab Code 101384-0Indianapolis, IN (LAB 16) - NVLAP Lab Code 200188-0Kernersville, NC (LAB 02) - NVLAP Lab Code 102104-0Las Vegas, NV (LAB 31) - NVLAP Lab Code 600140-0Long Island City, NY (LAB 03) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-9Meriden, CT (LAB 24) - NVLAP Lab Code 200700-0Miami, FL (LAB 17) - NVLAP Lab Code 200204-0Minneapolis, MN (LAB 35) - NVLAP Lab Code 200019-0Ontario, California (San Bernadino County / Inland Empire) (LAB 71) - NVLAP Lab Code 600239-0Orlando, FL (LAB 34) - NVLAP Lab Code 101151-0Phoenix, AZ (LAB 12) - NVLAP Lab Code 200811-0Piscataway, NJ (LAB 05) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-2Plymouth Meeting, PA (LAB 18) - NVLAP Lab Code 200699-0Raleigh, NC (LAB 29) - NVLAP Lab Code 200671-0Rochester, NY (LAB 53) - NVLAP Lab Code 600183-0San Diego, CA (LAB 43) - NVLAP Lab Code 200855-0San Leandro, CA (LAB 09) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-3Santa Clara, CA (LAB 47) - NVLAP Lab Code 600318-0Seattle, WA (LAB 51) - NVLAP Lab Code 200613-0South Pasadena, CA (LAB 32) - NVLAP Lab Code 200232-0South Portland, ME (LAB 62) - NVLAP Lab Code 500094-0St. Louis, MO (LAB 39) - NVLAP Lab Code 200742-0Syracuse, NY (LAB 73) - NVLAP Lab Code 600283-0Tampa, FL (LAB 93) - NVLAP Lab Code 600215-0
Sorry, this function is disabled.