As of July 31, 2015, New York State will be instituting new mold rules for licensing and work standards. The stricter mold rules are, the better off we all are when we have mold issues in our homes and commercial buildings. Here are some of the highlights:
Mold Rules for Licensing
When the new rules take effect, it will be illegal for anyone to do mold assessments or advertise as an assessment contractor without a Mold Assessment License from the New York State Department of Labor. These licenses will have to be renewed every two years.
The license will have to be posted at the work site.
Mold assessors will have to be at least 18 years old and have taken required courses, including training in the use of personal protective gear.
Mold Rules: Work Standards
Any licensed mold assessor has to prepare and give to the client a work analysis before work starts. A mold remediator has to present a work plan.
Mold Rules: Conflict of Interest
No one will be able to be both a mold assessor and a mold remediator on the same project, nor can they be even a part owner in each other’s companies.
Mold Rules: Mold Remediation Plan
The mold remediation plan must include (from Healthy Indoors):
- Rooms or areas where the work will be performed
- Estimated quantities of materials to be cleaned or removed
- Methods to be used for each type of remediation in each type of area
- Personal protection equipment (PPE) to be supplied to workers
- Proposed clearance procedures and criteria for each type of remediation in each type of area
- How to properly notify occupants of such projects, taking into consideration proper health concerns
- Recommendations for notice and posting requirements that are appropriate for the project size, duration and points of entry
- Estimate of cost and an estimated time frame for completion
- Underlying sources of moisture that may be causing the mold and a recommendation as to the type of contractor who would remedy the source of such moisture, if possible
The above are just some of the new rules being put into place by the State of New York. What kind of rules does your state have?
Seacliff Environmental is a licensed mold removal and remediation contractor, and is experienced in removing mold from basements, bathrooms, ceilings, residential and commercial buildings, crawlspaces, and attics. We can remove all wet materials from the site and provide the necessary air circulation to deter dampness before bacteria can multiply. Seacliff will then develop a remediation plan detailing method, scope, time and controls to be used. We would have no trouble following the new mold rules in New York State–we already do.