Toxic Mold, as Defined by OSHA

Toxic Mold: The phrase “toxic mold” has been used by journalists and many others to refer to molds that have been implicated in severe health effects in humans.

Although not a scientific term, it is typically used in the press to refer to those molds capable of producing mycotoxins and incorrectly implies that these molds are more dangerous than others. In fact, all molds under the right conditions have the potential to cause allergic reactions, infections, and toxin-mediated conditions.

Individuals who believe that they are suffering from mold-related symptoms should seek medical attention. Although there is no singular medical specialty that addresses the indoor air environment, an occupational medicine physician has specialty training addressing diseases associated with the work environment.

This definition is as provided and published by the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

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