New York State’s mold law went into effect on January 1, 2016. Any private or public property that has had a moisture intrusion event, mold growth, resident/occupant complaint(s), or a due diligence request can affect you if you own, manage or maintain a property.
What Does The Law Define As Mold?
“Mold” refers to any multicellular fungi growth capable of creating toxins that—even with minimal exposure—can cause pulmonary, respiratory, neurological, or other, illnesses. A wide variety of events can fall under a mold assessment, and remediation regulated definition, so it’s best to be not only prepared and but well informed regarding what, and who, the law covers.
Who Is Required To Obtain A Mold Assessment And Remediation License Under New York State Law?
Licensing requirements and minimum work standards are required for professionals engaged in mold assessment and remediation under the direction of the New York State Department of Labor. Contractors must obtain appropriate training before being licensed to perform mold assessment, remediation, or abatement services. Without the training needed for the required license, they will not be allowed to advertise or perform work in this area. (Home or business owners working on their own properties are the exception to this rule. Please check with New York State
How Does The Law Protect New York State Residents And Business Owners?
Work standards now in place for mold assessment and remediation in New York State include protection against fraud, identification of chemicals used (per the Environmental Protection Agency), the provision of personal protection equipment for company employees, a posted notice of the project and the contractor’s licenses at the site and an assessment of completion. The licensed company will also:
- Prepare a work plan that is unique to each project before beginning the job.
- Fulfill all the requirements of the plan as provided to the client.
- Provide specifics as to how mold remediation will be executed.
- Keep a copy of the work plan at the job site at all times.
- Post signs advising that the project is in progress to be displayed at all accessible entrances to remediation areas.
- Assess the job after it’s finished and confirm the structure is free from mold.
There are some exceptions to the licensing requirements in New York State’s Mold Program. If you have any questions or concerns about mold testing and remediation, please check with your mold remediation company or the New York State Department of Labor.