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Mould Testing & Audit
Prolonged exposure can severely affect the immune system and cause respiratory illness or severe infections in other parts of the body.
Symptoms of mould exposure include:
While mould is naturally occurring, the level and type determine if a risk is present. A thorough mould investigation must be part of a holistic risk assessment process to guarantee a workplace or property doesn’t present a health hazard.
Mould Testing & Mould Audits
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Mould Inspection & Analysis
A mould assessment or inspection is a comprehensive audit of potential sources of mould and the levels of contamination (spores) present in the air or on surfaces.
Mould can often only be seen if there are stains or if colonies have formed. While stains or the formation of visible colonies are indicators of mould contamination, health issues such as constant headaches, worsened allergies or asthma, respiratory infections, coughs, and sneezing are indicators that mould might be present in the air.
Please note: The presence of mould doesn’t always represent a potential health hazard; type, concentration, and individual sensitivities are prevalent to an individual’s reaction. Mould can grow for a prolonged time because of a favourable situation, then die off and stay dormant (e.g., after a leaking air conditioner was fixed). However, dormant mould can still pose health risks.
When mould isn’t visible, a thorough air sample analysis is the most effective option to determine the presence of airborne spores and the level of exposure.
Within the field of Occupational Hygiene, mould represents a biological health hazard just like other microbes, e.g., viruses or bacteria. However, not all fungi or microbes are health risks. Therefore, suspected mould contamination requires the professional analysis.
When is a mould assessment by an Occupational Hygienist required?
A professional mould assessment may be required when:
A mould assessment conducted by HSE Australia includes the following steps:
If necessary and in addition to an air or swab test, our hygiene technician can conduct a thermal imaging review of the area to determine cool spots that might indicate sources of moisture where condensation, water pooling or a burst pipe has occurred.
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