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The 3 Leading Commercial Mold Cleaning Standards

3/30/2022 (Permalink)

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The Three Most Important Commercial Mold Cleaning Guidelines

There are three major sets of fungus cleaning recommendations and mold standards. Find out more about guidelines from the Environmental Protection Agency, Occupational Safety, and Health Administration, and the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification.

1. EPA Mold Cleanup Guidelines

The EPA publishes information on mold prevention, investigation, evaluation, and remediation in commercial structures. Property owners may want to reference these guidelines before proceeding with a mold clean. Although this agency only makes recommendations about handling mold, the EPA regulates fungicides and cleaning solutions on the basis of health and environmental safety.

2. OSHA Workplace Air Quality Recommendations

Employers should refer to the safety and health information bulletin titled A Brief Guide To Mold in the Workplace. This document sets forth recommendations for promoting the health of employees and other occupants in structures affected by mold. While OSHA does not maintain mold standards, this organization does recommend measures to prevent and remediate mold. The presence of a mold in work environments is addressed in Subpart J of Environmental Controls for Sanitation in the General Industry Standard 29 CFR 1910.

3. IICRC Industry Mold Cleaning Standards

Some of the most rigorous standards for cleaning up black mold and other species of fungus have been published by the IICRC in cooperation with the American National Standards Institute. The leading publisher of standards and the certifying body for the restoration industry developed the ANSI/IICRC S500 professional water damage restoration standard and guidelines in addition to the S520 standard and reference guide for professional mold remediation.

If mold is found in the course of an inspection of a commercial building in West Hills, TN, it is important to follow EPA recommendations for containment and use approved cleaning solutions and fungicides. Businesses should abide by OSHA mold standards.

For the best results, property owners should rely on a restoration company that complies with IICRC's best practices.

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