Often, mold problems can stem from water damage, and just compound a homeowner’s troubles. Mold is one of those problems that can cause a real headache (literal and figural) for homeowners as it cannot be ignored. Mold can cause health problems, and should be dealt with in a professional manner.
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that created a new article to the Labor Law. Article 32 under NYS Senate Bill 3667D-2013 establishes licensing and minimum work standards for mold inspectors, assessors, and remediation specialists. This new article works to protect homeowners and business owners when it comes to mold.
Some important notes on this new article include:
- It defines the difference between mold remediation (the handling of the mold), and mold assessment (the before and after inspection of property for mold).
- It establishes licensing requirements for age, completion of NYS Department of Labor approved course and fee payment.
- Prohibits a person to act as both the mold assessment and remediation contractor.
- Institutes penalties, including the revoking of a license, for good cause.
- This article specifies what should be included in a mold remediation plan completed by a mold assessment licensee.
- It requires the remediation project to be posted.
- It specifies that the mold containment cannot be removed until the mold remediation licensee has received clearance from the mold assessment licensee who will perform the post-remediation assessment.
- The post-remediation assessment determines that the area is now free from visible mold and that the work completed was in compliance with the plan.
These licensing requirements and minimum work standards help to protect homeowners.
You can add to your protection by doing a throughout look at any company you hire to work in your home or business. Things that you should request when dealing with a company for mold remediation:
- Proof of company and employee certification
- Proof of workers compensation and liability insurance
- Proof of pollution insurance
- Get a written contract that includes what will be included and what costs will be incurred
Part of the guidelines include that if you have 10 square feet or more of mold found in your building, you should consult with a mold remediation specialist.
Peak Construction is proud to be one of the first companies in the state to be compliant with these new mold remediation licensing requirements. Contact us
today when dealing with the annoying aftermath of water damage and mold.