Far fewer workers known that many types of mold can also produce microbial toxins known as mycotoxins. A mycotoxin is a toxic secondary metabolite produced by some types of fungi, also commonly referred to as mold. Some molds can produce several mycotoxins, and other molds produce mycotoxins only under certain environmental conditions. Mycotoxins may cling to the surface of mold spores and others may be found within the spores.
More than 200 mycotoxins have been identified from common molds, and many more are probably yet to be discovered. Workers can be exposed to mycotoxin producing molds in many ways. These include ingesting contaminated food products, the inhalation of organic dusts and bioaerosols, and by touching contaminated surfaces and materials. This can occur when workers are employed in environments that have excessive mold growth, in professions that deal with remediating microbial contaminated structures, in industries that utilize mold to produce products, and in many agricultural environments.
“Some mycotoxins are well known to affect humans and have been shown to be responsible for human health effects, but more research is needed,” reported Larry Curtis, CSHM, Executive Director of the ISHM. “Exposure to mycotoxins has been shown to cause mucous membrane irritation, skin rash, nausea, immune system suppression, acute or chronic liver damage, acute or chronic central nervous system damage, endocrine effects, and even cancer. To help educate workers the ISHM has sponsored an online video about mycotoxins. We hope this new video helps to raise awareness of worker exposure to high levels of mold and mycotoxins,”
The new video about mycotoxins can be seen at:
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