The Implications Of Mould In The Workplace

Friday 4th December 2020

No comments, yet!

Office with mould in the corner of a window with condensation on it

The importance of a safe working environment

Creating a safe, sanitary workplace that promotes employee satisfaction whilst abiding by health and safety regulations can be challenging. One of the biggest issues that businesses face is the growth of mould. Mould is incredibly common, however, should not be overlooked. As well as affecting the physical health of your staff, it can also influence their mental state.

In the midst of a global pandemic, the mental health of your employees should be prioritised. A mould-ridden building may cause your staff to worry about whether they are safe in the workplace, which could lead to a significant drop in employee satisfaction.

With so much valuable time already lost due to coronavirus, your main goal should be to maximise productivity by optimising your workforce. However, if your staff are constantly stressed, the overall efficiency of the business is likely to fall. You should also ensure that your employees have a positive relationship with their fellow colleagues and managers so that they feel comfortable discussing any concerns.

Government regulations

According to regulations set out by the Health and Safety Executive, effective and suitable provision is required of the employer to ensure that the workplace is properly ventilated with a sufficient quantity of fresh air. This means that the employer is solely responsible for preventing mould from growing in the workplace.

The document also states that if windows or other openings do not provide adequate ventilation for the workplace, employers should install mechanical ventilation systems to create a flow of purified air. Failure to properly vent the workplace can cause your staff to fall ill.

Illnesses associated with mould

As well as its unpleasant appearance, mould is incredibly bad for your health. If inhaled, mould spores can penetrate your lungs and lead to a range of respiratory conditions. Skin conditions, such as eczema, may arise as a result of extensive contact with airborne mould particles.

The notion that mould only affects the health of individuals with pre-existing conditions is false. Though certain groups (such as those with asthma) should be particularly wary, it’s likely that anyone exposed to it for long periods of time will experience side-effects.

What causes mould?

The most common type of mould found in workplaces is condensation, which occurs as a result of poor ventilation, whereby warm air particles cool down and the moisture settles on cool surfaces. Other forms of mould include penetrating damp and rising damp. Penetrating damp refers to mould triggered by rainwater and is less likely to arise in the workplace, as is rising damp which is caused by the accumulation of moisture in the structure of a building.

How to prevent mould

There are a number of measures you can implement to avoid mould growing in your workplace. Here are some of our top tips:

  • Ventilate your office – open windows to allow fresh air to circulate within your building
  • Keep your building warm – ensure the room temperature does not fall below 15 degrees
  • Check your pipes – regularly examine your pipes to avoid unexpected leaks or damp

Consequences of mould for businesses

Despite assumptions that mould is negligible, it can be incredibly harmful to the running of a business. From a fall in productivity to employee dissatisfaction, the consequences should not be underestimated.

Decrease in efficiency

If your employees fall ill as a result of mould in the workplace, their productivity will be significantly affected. They will likely work slower, produce less output and find it more difficult to reach their targets, particularly if preoccupied with the task of eradicating the mould themselves. 

Your staff may even refuse to come to work if they feel unsafe in the office. Employee absenteeism plays a major role in business performance and can have a destructive effect on efficiency and success if not handled swiftly. As an employer, your employees are your most valuable asset and should be taken care of accordingly. 

Unexpected costs

The cost of removing the mould will evolve whilst the issue is ignored, therefore it’s best to tackle the matter promptly. Though crucial, the unforeseen cost of hiring a mould remediation company may cause cash flow issues for small businesses. In the long term, this may result in a loss in profits.

What should you do if you find mould in the workplace?

Remember, it is the duty of the employer to provide a safe workplace for their employees. If mould has begun to spread in your office, it’s important to deal with it quickly and efficiently. For optimal results, you should hire a professional cleaning company to remove the mould.

Attempting to remove the mould without professional expertise will almost certainly lead to failure. As well as putting your health at risk, it’s likely that there will still be traces of mould left behind. Airborne toxins are not visible to the human eye; they require specialist equipment to be detected. When these fester, you’ll be forced to pay for a professional remediation service.

Call ICE Cleaning

If you have noticed mould growing in your office, it’s best to act fast. Here at ICE Cleaning, we can be on-site within just 60 minutes to restore your workplace back to its original, mould-free condition.

We understand that mould can be frustrating to deal with so aim to make the entire process as smooth as possible. Though none of our chemicals are harmful, we may ask you to vacate the property during the process. In order to create the least amount of disruption for your employees, we recommend organising for the service to be conducted outside of usual office hours.

Upon completion, you’ll receive a 12-month guarantee to give your employees the peace of mind that all traces of mould have been effectively removed. We can also offer preventative advice going forward.

Give ICE Cleaning a call on 0333 577 5805 today to receive a free no-obligation quote or check out our website to discover the full range of services we provide.

Comment
Zoe Dunning

Zoe Dunning

Sales Representative

Add to contacts

Speak with me today,
I’m here to help

By asking you a few questions either via phone or email I can immediately provide a realistic estimation of the cost.

You’re in good company. We’ve cleaned for the following commercial clients… View all

Customer reviews

Our happy customers have rated our service as
4.9 on Google.

View All Reviews

Emil Tadanier

Star Star Star Star Star

3 months ago

Very professional guy turned up he jet washed my drive and the side of my house. Probably not in his job description but he moved stuff out of the…

Read more

Posted on Google

Elaine Ducker

Star Star Star Star Star

4 months ago

I found this company on a Google search and was very pleased that I had. They were good value and very professional with friendly operatives. Results…

Read more

Posted on Google

Laura Bashir

Star Star Star Star Star

4 months ago

So glad I got this service done!Every member of staff I dealt with at Ice cleaning were fantastic, from my initial call, the lovely man who carried…

Read more

Posted on Google

RS Dhanjal

Star Star Star Star Star

4 months ago

I had a severe damp &mould problem in my 4-bed rental property after my tenants went away for a number of weeks having turned the central heating…

Read more

Posted on Google

Babiu Miah

Star Star Star Star Star

4 months ago

Excellent customer service, providing high-level professionals in producing top quality work.

Read more

Posted on Google

Rachel Perera

Star Star Star Star Star

5 months ago

We found the technicians who came to our house, Lindsey and James, very friendly, helpful and they explained everything very clearly. They were very…

Read more

Posted on Google

Olly

Star Star Star Star Star

5 months ago

ICE were responsible for clearing my contents out of a flat that was contaminated by a sewage leak. The main office were very helpful in providing a…

Read more

Posted on Google

David Thrift

Star Star Star Star Star

6 months ago

Clean-up job was performed as well as could be done. Drive and paved area were dealt with well and the garden grass area was cleaned as best it could…

Read more

Posted on Google

Geraldine Collins

Star Star Star Star Star

6 months ago

Excellent service from beginning to end from ICE Cleaning I was very pleased with the results and would certainly use them again and highly recommend…

Read more

Posted on Google

Sarah Griffiths

Star Star Star Star Star

7 months ago

Great service and a very thorough clean was completed by ICE

Read more

Posted on Google

Marie Marshall

Star Star Star Star Star

7 months ago

Extremely polite gentlemen and an outstanding cleaning job thank you so much.

Read more

Posted on Google

Steve

Star Star Star Star Star

7 months ago

It was a great piece of mind that all the hard to reach places had been cleaned and due to the cleaning process the team are safe for 28 days. The…

Read more

Posted on Google

Carol Cabourn-Ford

Star Star Star Star Star

7 months ago

Ice cleaning came and cleaned my garden as well as disinfecting it after flooding. The cleaners were really professional and friendly. They really…

Read more

Posted on Google

Jordan Rush

Star Star Star Star

7 months ago

While my partner and I were redecorating and removing old wallpaper we unfortunately found a lot of black mould. ICE Cleaning were able to come out…

Read more

Posted on Google

Aquico Wen

Star Star Star Star Star

7 months ago

Hired ICE Cleaning to clean the front facade of a recently purchased property, an old Victorian terrace house in a poor state. They did a fantastic…

Read more

Posted on Google

Suzanne Greenslade

Star Star Star Star Star

7 months ago

Had to find a fire specialist cleaning company after my Mum had a small fire in her flat. ICE came out to quote on a Sunday and started the work 3…

Read more

Posted on Google

Stephen Askins

Star Star Star Star Star

7 months ago

Charles and Joe from Ice Cleaning arrived early, were sympathetic to our situation, explained what they could do and worked diligently despite…

Read more

Posted on Google

Anthony Stephens

Star Star Star Star Star

7 months ago

I found this company very professional and attentive. I contacted two other companies and soon realised that Ice Cleaning Solutions was the company…

Read more

Posted on Google

Bon

Star Star Star Star Star

7 months ago

Andy & Marcus turned up completely unexpectedly after we'd been under two feet of raw sewage. They were polite, friendly, the epitome of…

Read more

Posted on Google

inca ink

Star Star Star Star Star

7 months ago

I used ICE cleaning's mould remediation service for a renovation property. Not only did they give me the best price available on the market via…

Read more

Posted on Google

We’re fully accredited

We place best practise, professional expertise and health and safety at the core of our business. We’re fully compliant with all legal obligations. You can view a list of our accreditations below, or visit our Health & Safety page for more information.

CSCS
BICSc
IOSH
SafeContractor
Dewpoint® Professional
IPAF
NACSC
0333 577 5805Open 24/7
Close

We use cookies

If you continue without changing your settings we'll assume you're happy to receive our cookies.
If you'd like to change this just update your browser settings. Find out more.

Okay. I got it.