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Mold is a Real Threat To Human Health

MacFawn Fire & Flood Restoration - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

As you may know, as of January of 2016, New York State has adopted new legislation that requires Mold Remediation professionals to attain New York State Licenses from the New York State Department of Labor for their respective trades. In order to do so, the state requires Remediation Professionals and Workers in the industry much attend formal training and likewise Mold Assessment professionals must do the same. This is to ensure that consumer protection is in place; from fraud and from dangerous mold by poorly trained or untrained 'professionals' who may not carry out mold remediation or abatement properly.

This legislation, now formally in effect also requires an independent assessment be completed prior to the mold remediation work. This must be completed by either a Licensed Industrial Hygienist or Assessor who will take samples indoors and out and then delineate for the Remediation company, a formal Remediation Plan. Once the remediation has been completed, the space must be passed through clearance testing; whereby the [independent] Assessor will then take another set of samples to ensure that the work has been completed properly. Furthermore, the legislation requires that remediation companies both use and provide documentation of EPA approved disinfectant products and that their respective licenses and project description be posted on each job site.

In light of the many issues home owners and business owners have faced in the years following Hurricanes Katrina and Irene, putting legislation such as this in place, is intended to afford residents protection from not only ill defined scope(s) of work in their home(s) or business(es), but protection from dangerous industrial chemicals that have been used by companies looking to save money and sidestep EPA regulated disinfectant products. The legislation will also provide a paradigm shift in the way remediation and abatement services are carried out with a more secure system of checks and balances in place with multiple parties weighing in on remediation plan(s) and a clearance test to ensure that there is no residual mold in the space(s) being remediated. In recent years, mold has come to the forefront of attention amongst health professionals and scientific research as its' byproducts have been discovered to lead to chronic health issues and death. As a result of these discoveries, it is pertinent to explore every facet of mold, including the professional industries that aim to remove it from public (and private) space(s). This legislation marks a new age in Mold Remediation; offering protection to both consumers and professionals.