Department of Labor releases new information on mold remediation requirements
|Workers across the state will receive new training.|
- Mold assessors will analyze the mold in a building and write remediation plans; they will learn about mold sampling and best practices in their state-mandated Mold Assessor training course.
- Mold contractors own or supervise work for a company that does mold remediation work, and approve work plans; their state-mandated Mold Contractor training course covers workplace safety for everything from preparation to cleanup.
- Mold abatement workers include anyone who does mold remediation work in any capacity, including those employed by a licensed Mold contractor; they learn practical methods for safely dealing with mold in the state-mandated Mold Abatement Worker training course.
Workers uncertain of which course they should take can refer to the NY Department of Labor (DOL) course guidelines, summarized in a chart on their website. The chart is designed to direct contractors and workers to the correct mold certification training course.
After attending the course, registration is required with the DOL to become licensed; the following applications outline the requirements for each discipline:
- Form SH 125: Mold Assessor License Application
- Form SH 126: Mold Remediation Contractor License Application
- Form SH 127: Mold Abatement Worker License Application.
Companies that lack properly certified workers risk heavy fines and widely publicized penalties; they also risk the safety of their customers and crew. The years since Hurricane Sandy have served to underscore the dangers of mold, and getting trained means being fully prepared for work in any home.