OSHA Fact Sheet Highlights Mold Hazards during Sandy Cleanup

Published December 12, 2012

OSHA emphasizes mold hazards and appropriate safeguards to protect workers involved in Hurricane Sandy cleanup and remediation activities in a fact sheet issued Dec. 5. The agency issued the fact sheet as a tool for workers and employers in areas that experienced extensive flood and water damage due to Sandy—conditions that contribute to increased mold growth. The fact sheet includes general information on mold and associated hazards; creation of a mold cleanup plan; and protection of workers during mold remediation, including the use of engineering controls, good work practices, and personal protective equipment.

"Workers will be exposed to mold during hurricane response and cleanup activities. Remediation of mold-contaminated building materials and surfaces can and must be done safely, so that no worker is sickened or injured while performing this vital work," said Robert Kulick, OSHA's regional administrator in New York.

View the fact sheet as a PDF on OSHA’s website.