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Learn the Basics of Protective Equipment for Mold Remediation

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

Low angle portrait of factory worker wearing biohazard suit sorting reusable cardboard on waste processing plant Mold remediators should wear the right PPE before a job

While mold is not always deadly, it is still important for mold remediation professionals to protect themselves when they work. From face masks to shoe covers, they need to shield as much of their body as possible to avoid potential health risks. When these technicians arrive at your residence, expect them to cover the following body parts with the appropriate personal protective equipment. 


Protection of hands is essential since they are both necessary for important functions and are constantly exposed to other people and objects. Mold removers always wear gloves that not only protect their hands from exposure but also prevent spores from clinging on to them and spreading to other areas. Nitrile and rubber gloves are popular choices since their materials are difficult to penetrate. These gloves must also be the right size and fit, as loose gloves can expose skin to spores. 

Face and Head

Cleanup professionals should also protect their heads, especially their faces. This PPE consists of multiple items they might need depending on the severity of the mold damage:

  • Face masks
  • Respirators
  • Goggles
  • Hair covers

Certain protective gear is designed for different situations. For example, standard respirators protect workers dealing with nontoxic substances, while respirators that cover the entire face are appropriate for toxic environments and advanced mold spread. 

Rest of the Body 

The crew working on your Plymouth Meeting, PA, house also use protective equipment for the rest of the body. They protect their feet using shoe covers and heavy-duty boots that prevent spore spread. For minor cases, they wear clothing such as long-sleeved shirts and pants alongside head, face and hand protection. Meanwhile, larger mold presence, toxic contents and highly humid areas require remediators to use highly dense Tyvek suits, which cover the entire body. 
Mold remediators should wear the right PPE before a job, such as gloves, boots and face masks. Ensure that the people working in your home equip these items to protect everyone involved.

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