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What Employees Rights With Mold?
Employees have a right to a safe workplace. The law requires employers to provide their employees with safe and healthy workplace. If your workplace is unsafe, moldy, or has excessive moisture, bring up the issue to upper management. A good approach is to politely raise the issue via a conversation and a kind email. If the mold issue is not taken care of promptly because the company has hoops to jump through or the person who is supposed to take care of the issue is out for some reason, ask to be relocated to a safer environment or work from home until the issue is resolved.
If the company does not allow you to relocate, provide a safe work place, and or ignores your request. Use common sense and protect yourself from a health hazard and do not work in an environment that makes you sick. Ask again politely and again ask via email to the in charge and suggest that maybe government intervention such as OSHA should be involved to help the employer handle the situation. If after these repeated attempts, you may have to involve the government.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration prohibits employers from retaliating against workers that exercise their rights to raise a health and safety concern or to report an injury. For more information see www.whistleblowers.gov.
If you are an employee, manager, or owner and have any questions or concerns about mold in your work environment you can reach out to OSHA at 1-800-321-6742