Of all the many safety concerns in the workplace, mould is probably not high on anyone’s list. But the more we learn about the effects of mould, the more we should be concerned. Mould spores are everywhere. All they need is water and a source of food to grow. Materials like cardboard, paper, and wood are a perfect food source. If they get wet, mould will quickly grow and spread. Mould spores germinate and grow into a thick mat of filaments. Within a few days, spore-producing structures grow from the filaments and begin discharging spores. Hundreds of millions of mould spores can be released into the surrounding air. If you inhale mould spores, your health can be affected. People with allergies, asthma, or a weak immune system are at an even greater risk. For information on how to protect yourself and your workplace from mould, visit WorkSafeBC.com.