Blog

Complaints of Mold: Is it Worth Testing?

In our decades of experience in health and safety consulting, many of the complaints we receive are employers voicing concerns over their indoor air quality. In most cases however, it’s rarely indoor air quality that is the problem. More times than not, it’s the indoor environment and the population reacting to seasonal symptoms.

Does It Warrant Testing?

A frequent call we receive is from prospective clients telling us that we need to go into their office and test for mold. Before we rush in there and conduct any testing, we always ask why they assume it’s mold. The typical response is that their employees are complaining about it to which we counter and inquire as to if there is any visible mold growing in the office: nine times out of ten, there isn’t. It’s because of this statistic that we recommend starting with other indoor air quality assessments before testing for mold.

Tis’ The Season

Naturally occurring, mold is everywhere. Like a flower mold grows, blooms and produces spores which get released in time under the right conditions. Especially prevalent in the spring when trees are beginning to bloom and many people begin mowing their lawns and turning gardens over, it’s nearly impossible to avoid mold which is the common culprit behind employee complaints relating to air quality. The hope is that when you move inside, the concentration of mold spores is significantly lower than what it is outside, and that types spores found inside are identical to those of the latter.

Time to Act

If you start to find mold spores indoors that are different from the ones found outside, it may be indicative of some contamination in the building that is likely a result of a water event or residual mold growth from the past. It is at this point that we would conduct proper mold testing and remediation to ensure a safe and comfortable work environment for you and your employees.

About The Lawson Group

Since 1978, The Lawson Group has been in the “White Horse” business. That is to say, we help companies do things that are ultimately beneficial for them that they are sometimes unaware of. Our first endeavor was worker health and safety, mostly related to OSHA compliance issues, focusing on the industrial hygiene side of that equation regarding chemicals and noise, indoor air quality, and lead and asbestos in the workplace. Since becoming a third-party administrator in 1994, we now manage the workers’ comp programs for over 300 New Hampshire employers. In 2000, we entered the employee wellness business. Our primary effort is to work with employers and their employees to make better use of their health insurance dollars by working to help them become healthier and better consumers of healthcare. We welcome your inquiries regarding our services. Contact us to learn more.

Recent Articles

View All

Safety and Health Hazards in an Office Environment

Although we have been in the Health and Safety business for over forty years, we rarely get asked to look at office safety issues. While there is a perception that offices are relatively safe places to work, there are still plenty of ways for people to get hurt. These are some of the common hazards […]

Read more

What’s the Difference Between CO and CO2 – and When Do They Become Harmful

Two substances that are often confused with each other – but shouldn’t be – are carbon monoxide (CO) and carbon dioxide (CO2). Here’s what you need to know about CO and CO2, and when you should start worrying about them. Carbon Monoxide Carbon monoxide (CO) is not naturally occurring and is considered toxic to humans. […]

Read more

Does OSHA Compliance Matter?

When it comes to worker health and safety, an employer has two liabilities: the liability that a worker will get hurt on the job and the liability of an OSHA inspection. It is our professional opinion that an injury to an employee, especially a key employee, is a much greater liability. It is also our […]

Read more

Myths About Mold: It’s Not as Simple as You Might Believe

The Number One Complaint The number one complaint that we get on indoor air quality is mold; however, we rarely find that mold is actually the source of the problem. The reason for the discrepancy between perception and reality is that there are still a lot of myths about where mold comes from, why it’s […]

Read more