What is Mold?


Molds can be found almost anywhere. They can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. They can be found indoors and outdoors in any climates, no matter the season. There are many different kinds of molds, and certain types are toxigenic, meaning they produce toxins. According to the CDC, “Mold growing in buildings, whether it is Stachybotrys chartarum (Stachybotrys atra) or another mold, indicates that there is a problem with water or moisture. This is the first problem that needs to be addressed.” Click here to read more from the CDC on toxigenic molds.

Health Risks Associated with Mold

Molds produce allergens, irritants, and in some cases, toxins that may cause reactions in humans. The types and severity of symptoms depend in part on the types of mold present, the extent of an individual’s exposure, the ages of the individuals, and their existing sensitivities or allergies. Specific reactions to mold growth can include the following:

  • Allergies
  • Hypersensitivity pneumonitis
  • Asthma

Action Steps

As a worker, if you suspect exposure to mold in your building, you should take the following steps:

  • Report concerns immediately to supervisor
  • See your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment
  • Ask your doctor whether you should be medically restricted from the affected environment

What Star Environmental Can Do

Although there are no Federal or State standards for what levels of exposure to molds present significant health risks, Star treats mold remediation projects much like asbestos or lead abatement projects. The same procedures for environmental control and safety are applied. To learn more about what Star can do to help with mold remediation, click here.

Click here for more resources on mold from the CDC.