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I work in an old building contaminated with mold. Are there any regulations requiring owners to clean it up?

David Reynolds

People concerned about a possible safety hazard on their job may call of the N.C. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Division.

The division’s complaint desk may be reached at 919-779-8560.

While state and federal law require employers to keep workplaces free of dangers, the Department of Labor doesn’t have a specific standards for mold, said Dolores Quesenberry, a spokeswoman for the agency.

There are minimum ventilation requirements that must be met, and would affect air quality indoors.

But when employers meet those ventilation requirements, there’s little the labor department can do to force compliance on a mold issue, Quesenberry said.

The Occupational Safety and Health Division can write an informal letter asking an employer to fix a mold problem.

Quesenberry said the agency will also work with employers to help them improve working conditions.

Calls to the Occupational Safety and Health Division’s complaint desk may be placed anonymously, she said.

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