OSHA Mold Prevention and Mold Remediation

This course is designed to understand the steps to working safely where exposure to mold is likely, in both the construction and general industry.

Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
English
Course Length: 2 Hours

What you'll learn

  • Introduction to Mold
  • Where and Why Mold Grows
  • Finding Mold and Moisture
  • General Remediation Issues
  • Large Areas and Other Special Concerns
  • Containment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Evaluating the Remediation
  • Communicating with the Building Occupants
  • Prevention

Course Description

This course is designed to assist employers and employees in understanding the steps to working safely where exposure to mold is likely, in both the construction and general industry.

Our OSHA Mold, Mold Prevention, and Mold Remediation Safety Training course consists of content, graphics, audio, video, self-check questions, and a final exam.

Course Outline

OSHA Mold Prevention and Mold Remediation Course Outline

Introduction to Mold

  • What Molds Are
  • What Mold Needs to Grow
  • Health Effects That May Be Caused by Inhaling Mold or Mold Spores
  • Mycotoxins and Health Effects
  • The Color of Mold
  • Moldy Smell

Where and Why Mold Grows

  • Introduction to Mold Growth
  • Moisture Problems
  • Humidity
  • Ventilation Humidity Problems
  • Structural Integrity and Mold Growth
  • Crawl Spaces
  • Floods

Finding Mold and Moisture

  • Where to Look for Mold Contamination – Building Investigation
  • Equipment
  • Mold Sampling Considered

General Remediation Issues

  • Dry Quickly
  • Assess Mold Problem
  • Remediation Plan
  • Mold Remediation Procedures

Large Areas and Other Special Concerns

  • Remediating Large Areas of Mold Contamination
  • Mold Remediation in Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems
  • Confined Spaces

Containment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Overview of Containment
  • Limited Containment
  • Full Containment
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Evaluating the Remediation

  • Completing Mold Remediation – Fix the water problem and clean up the mold
  • Considering Bioaerosol Sampling

Communicating with the Building Occupants

  • Communicate When You Remediate

Prevention

  • Mold Prevention

Frequently Asked Questions

Who must take this training?

Construction Industry:
According to OSHA 29 CFR § 1926.21(b)(2): The employer shall instruct each employee in the recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions and the regulations applicable to his work environment to control or eliminate any hazards or other exposure to illness or injury.

General Industry:
According to OSHA 29 CFR § 1910.9(b): …The employer must train each affected employee in the manner required by the standard, and each failure to train an employee may be considered a separate violation.

How often is retraining or recertification required?

OSHA has not specified any time frame for required retraining or recertification for Mold, Mold Prevention, and Mold Remediation. Since there is no OSHA standard dealing with this specific hazard the OSH Act general duty clause, section 5(a)(1), 29 U.S.C. 654(b)(1) defines the standard which provides that:

(a) Each employer –

(1) shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees.

A recognized hazard is a danger recognized by the employer’s industry or industry in general, by the employer, or by common sense. The general duty clause does not apply if there is an OSHA standard dealing with the hazard, unless the employer knows that the standard does not adequately address the hazard.

What are the governing regulations?

According to OSHA:

Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act, often referred to as the General Duty Clause, requires employers to “furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees”. Section 5(a)(2) requires employers to “comply with occupational safety and health standards promulgated under this Act”.

This course will help you comply with the OSHA standard on mold, mold prevention, and mold remediation in both the construction and general industries.

Navigation Strategies

Beginners: Complete the course in order from beginning to end. Once any topic is completed, you will have full access to it at any time for one year after registration, to use as a resource.

Intermediate/Advanced Users: Use the course as a flexible resource tool to find what you need, whenever you need it. Try the assessment tests first, if you get 80%+ you can move to the next level, if you get less than 80% you should complete the lecture. This gives you a pre and post-assessment score, which can be used to track your skills improvements.

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