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Top 10 Things Every Workplace Mold Victim Needs To Know

  1. Although your employer may order testing, the company probably will not address the root cause. Furthermore, the testing that the employer orders likely will not be effective in determining whether or not the environment has a mold problem.

 

  1. Filing a NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation request is an option for an external party to evaluate the safety of your workplace. https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/hhe/request.html

 

  1. OSHA doesn’t have a mold standard, and, therefore, isn’t legally obligated to investigate any “mold” claim that you may file (see If There’s Mold in Your Workplace Making You Ill, Who Can You Call? Shockingly, Not OSHA!).

 

  1. Your physician likely is not familiar with your illness. It is imperative to find a health care professional that is familiar with CIRS/mold illness, and I’ve personally had the most success with a practitioner trained in the principles of functional medicine.

 

  1. Certain foods exacerbate the inflammation associated with this illness; consequently, it may be helpful to start following a diet that will reduce the inflammation in your body. Amy Myers, MD’s “Myers Way” or the Autoimmune Protocol are diets that I’ve used to assist in my recovery.

 

  1. You are not crazy. You may not feel well in your workplace environment while nearly everyone else isn’t affected by the environment.   Only 25 percent of the population is susceptible to CIRS/mold illness.

 

  1. The recommended first step to recover fully from this illness is to remove yourself completely from the exposure.

 

  1. Fortunately, today there are many more internet resources available to assist with your recovery.  A few that I’ve used include: survivingmold.com and https://www.jillcarnahan.com/dr-jills-blog/ (keyword search: mold).

 

  1. It may prove difficult to find an attorney that is willing to take your case if your employer retaliates against you and/or you are forced to leave your position either because you are substantially debilitated or you decide to prioritize your health.

 

  1. There is no guarantee that you will qualify for unemployment compensation if leave your position either because you are substantially debilitated or you decide to prioritize your health. You must be able to clearly demonstrate not only that you left the job for health reasons, but you also notified your employer and allowed the company the opportunity to address the issue.

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