(New York) Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed in new legislation on July 28th 2015 that will require all Mold assessment, remediation and abatement employees to have state mandated training and certification. The new licensure and certification program will be delineated through the State Department of Labor. The agenda on this bill has been in progress throughout the year and is finally shaping up to be a crystal clear program with crystal clear requirements.
After some review of current training programmes provided by New York State, Mold was not amongst the programs. This begs the question of whether the January 2016 deadline for cooperation will remain in effect.
The licensing programme new standards that will govern mold assessment, remediation and abatement practices by licensed professionals, including:
- Protection against fraud by prohibiting the performance of both the assessment and remediation on the same property by the same individual;
- Protection against fraud by requiring an independent mold assessment to define the scope of the remediation work;
- Identification of disinfectant products, consistent with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards;
- Provision of personal protection equipment to employees, as necessary;
- Posted notice of the project and the contractor’s licenses; and
- Completion of a post-remediation assessment.
Finally, violations of the law will be civil penalties in amounts ranging from $2,000 to $10,000.
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