Mold remediation: No laughing matter
Source: https://www.phillyvoice.com, December 28, 2018
Building Trades sing “Baby, There’s Mold Inside” to raise awareness of potentially hazardous conditions
The Centers for Disease Control reports that “excessive exposure to mold-contaminated materials can cause adverse health effects in susceptible persons regardless of the type of mold or the extent of contamination. When mold spores are present in abnormally high quantities, they can present especially hazardous health risks to humans after prolonged exposure, including allergic reactions or poisoning by mycotoxins or causing fungal infections.” Mold exposure can lead to a host of other health issues, including respiratory infections, exacerbation of allergies and asthma, neurological problems and, in some cases, even death.
It’s no surprise that the Philadelphia Building Trades are taking the lead on highlighting public awareness of this issue. The building trades have a long history of advocating not only for safe work sites, but also on behalf of the residents and workers whom inhabit those buildings. While the Philadelphia Building Trades intend to continue holding events outside buildings that require attention, there is also a sustained public education initiative, and lobbying effort with city government, on a daily basis.
Of course, the simplest for developers is to insist on using union labor. The high standards on each project built by members of the Philadelphia Building Trades guarantee that issues such as mold remediation, when found, are handled the correct way to the long-term benefit of residents and the community.