Wednesday, November 25, 2015

New York Mold Legislation Updates and Licensing Information

Department of Labor releases new information on mold remediation requirements

NEW YORK -- After the New York State Department of Labor’s new mold legislation was passed earlier this year, the Department has released more details about the licenses required for working with or near mold. The requirements go into effect January 1, 2016. The new law is designed to ensure safe conditions for workers in buildings that contain mold and to protect vulnerable populations from the health threats that mold poses. The law emphasizes designing a comprehensive work plan and attending thorough training in order to ensure that all work is done safely and effectively.

New mold remediation laws ensure worker safety
Workers across the state will receive new training.
In order to work safely around mold, workers will need to become licensed as mold assessors, mold abatement workers, or mold remediation contractors. 
  • 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:

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.

Protect your clients from health threats, and your company from legal issues: find a mold certification course that fits your needs!