Today's News

Most believe mold is a serious workplace hazard

October 4, 2002
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+
Most respondents to the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) "insta-poll" answered yes to the question, "Is mold a significant workplace hazard?"

The final tally was 53.6 percent yes and 46.4 percent no. All visitors to the ASSE Web site,, were able to vote from September 16 to 30.

The poll was held in response to several developments:

  • Pending Congressional legislation (the U.S. Toxic Mold Safety and Protection Act of 2002);
  • Reported cases and lawsuits involving mold in homes;
  • Reported cases of mold in commercial buildings like Waikiki's Hilton Hawaiian Village's new Kalia Tower hotel rooms, an office building in New Orleans and a courthouse in Martin County, Fla.;
  • One major insurer announced last week that it was pulling out of the homeowners market in Texas, and the largest homeowner insurance company in the U.S. has eliminated coverage for mold in 33 states.

ASSE submitted comments in August to Congressman John Conyers, Jr. on H.R. 5040, the U.S. Toxic Mold Safety and Protection Act of 2002, urging him to add language to the bill stating that certified occupational safety, health and environmental professionals be included in the type of professionals that can perform mold inspections, remediation and planning.

ASSE also stated a need for scientific research on the link between mold and health and to address requirements for education in the recognition, evaluation and control of mold-related problems.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to ISHN.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.


Facebook logo Twitter YouTubeLinkedIn Google + icon



Image Galleries

ASSE Safety 2014 Review

A gallery of photos from the sprawling Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, where ASSE’s annual professional development conference was held June 8-11. All photos courtesy of the American Society of Safety Engineers.

9/30/14 2:00 pm EST

Leveraging Sustainability Initiatives to Benefit Your Community and Increase Compliance

This webinar will review how General Motors' Sustainability initiatives are being leveraged to improve the community and the environment, create efficient energy programs, improve sustainability tracking, impact on processes and overall reporting and improve overall social, environmental and corporate sustainability.

ISHN Magazine


2014 September

ISHN'S September issue features a series of essay on thought leadership. Get expert advice on self-motivation, compliance and more!

Table Of Contents Subscribe


M:\General Shared\__AEC Store Katie Z\AEC Store\Images\ISHN\safetyfourth.jpg
Safety Engineering, 4th Edition

A practical, solutions-driven reference, Safety Engineering, 4th edition, has been completely revised and updated to reflect many of today’s issues in safety.

More Products

For Distributors Only - SEPTEMBER 2014

ISHN FDO SEPTEMBER 2014For Distributors Only is ISHN's niche brand standard-sized magazine supplement aimed at an audience of 2,000 U.S. distributors that sell safety products. Circulation only goes to distributors. CHECK OUT THE SEPTEMBER 2014 ISSUE OF FDO HERE

ishn infographics

2012 US workplace deathsCheck out ISHN's new Infographic page! Learn more about worker safety through these interactive images. CLICK HERE to view the page.