Mold spores travel as easily as the seeds of fluffy-headed dandelions. A simple breeze is all it takes to stir dry spores up and attach them to moving objects, and there you have it: cross-contamination. If you want to be absolutely certain your crew members are not spreading spores from a recentlly cleaned site to a site where there was no signs of mold before, there are three preventive measures you and your crew can take.
Change of Clothing
If your crew wears coveralls and disposable boot covers to every site, they are eliminating the spores that can attach to their feet, but not any spores that can attach to their clothing. Have your crew change their coveralls before they even get into the truck to go to the next site. This will help eliminate most of the possible transference of spores from one site to the next.
Another thing that you and your crews can do is wear entirely disposable mold remediation/HAZMAT suits. Except for the head protection and mask, the entire paper suit covers each member on the job from the neck down. As soon as the job is done, the entire suit is carefully pulled off, turned inside out, and disposed of in the manner necessary to keep any spores from getting away.
Mold remediation should be treated like a HAZMAT condition. Your crew is removing a potentially toxic substance, so before they move on to the next site and the next project, those coveralls and/or disposable garment accessories need to go into a bag to prevent the spread of anything that stuck to them. Once your crews are back at the office, the bags of potentially contaminated reusable clothing can be decontaminated and washed, while everything else can go in the trash.
Park the Supply Trucks Several Yards Away from Contaminated Work Zones
If you and your crew are working on a heavily contaminated or extremely toxic site, it is a good idea to park your work trucks several yards away. This prevents any stirred up and released mold spores from picking up the outside breeze and coming to rest on trucks that were parked way too close to the scene. All it takes is a single spore and some moisture to start a new mold colony elsewhere, and while most mold spores cannot hold onto a moving vehicle at high speeds, any spore that manages to find a temporary and safe position inside your trucks or inside the back of a van can build a new colony elsewhere.Share