PPE: Personal Protective Equipment
November 25, 2019 Comments Off on PPE: Personal Protective Equipment Uncategorized Ben Fetzer

When a person engages in mold remediation, or clean-up, they disturb active mold spores that can cause respiratory distress. In order to avoid being exposed to these tiny spores, a person must wear personal protective equipment (PPE). Here are a few examples from the Environmental Protections Agency (EPA) about what to wear.

1. Gloves: The purpose of gloves is two-fold. Their first purpose is to prevent the skin from coming into contact with mold, and the second purpose is to protect the skin from chemicals used to clean mold. Detergents and bleach can be very irritating to the skin, so make sure you use gloves that are safe for those chemicals. Additionally, make sure the gloves are long, like dish gloves, so you are less likely to come into contact with active mold spores.

2. Goggles: Eye protection is very important to wear when cleaning mold because spores can cause an allergic reaction, or a condition called allergic conjunctivitis. This condition causes red, itchy eyes and can lead to corneal scarring if the exposure and itching lasts for a long enough time. Instead of irritating the eyes, make sure you wear full-coverage goggles. You aren’t trying to protect blunt-force trauma, and those pores can sneak in around the side of average safety glasses. Full-coverage goggles will filter out small particulates.  

3. Respirators: There are many types of respirators, and different levels of respirators should be used depending on the amount and type of mold. For small areas, an N-95 respirator can be used that filters 95% of particulates. Small means an area under 10 ft2. If the area is under 100 feet, an N-100 respirator should be used, and full PPE masks should be used with large mold exposures. The full PPE masks filter all air that gets in, so no gas or vapors can get through either. At this point, it is time to call a professional.

4. Clothing: If you are working on a large mold project, your clothing should be disposable. Otherwise, the mold you have on your clothing will be spread wherever you go. Instead, wrap up disposable clothing and dispose of it with the rest of the moldy waste. You don’t want that stuff following you.

When to Call a Professional

If you have an area of mold that is larger than 10 feet, or you are unsure about how to clean up a mold infestation, it is wise to all a professional. It can be done on your own if you do it right. If you don’t, you could be risking your health and the recurrence of mold.

About The Author
Ben Fetzer Ben Fetzer, is the founder and owner of Fresh Start Restoration of Kansas City. He is passionate about informing and educating you the customer. By providing you with insider industry information, he empowers you with knowledge and tools to properly compare companies and spot unethical sales practices. Which unfortunately is far too common in the mold remediation industry. By sharing stories and providing professional tips he gives you the ability to make the right decision for your mold problem! Ben is an experienced mold expert with over 15 years in the cleaning & restoration industry! He has received official training and certifications from the IICRC, ICRA, and NORMI. His history of high integrity and superior quality has made him a leader in the remediation industry. Thereby giving customers outstanding customer experience! Which has resulted in a long history of consistent 5-Star customer ratings since the company began in 2008!