Updated: Feb 22, 2019
New York State implemented mold law in 2016, which may have a personal impact on you if you are a homeowner, landlord, or property manager.
Mold, is a fungus that has the potential to cause hazards to your health and endangerment to your home or property. As mold grows and spreads it releases spores in the air that can induce breathing and heart issues, as well as neurological illness. There are several types of mold, with some creating more problems than others. If you discover mold in your home, a licensed mold assessor should assess it. By law, in the state of New York, there are specific rules pertaining to licensing and how mold remediation processes are carried out.
The Mold Licensing Laws Offer Protection for You
Because mold rapidly spreads and since it can pose health threats, New York mold laws are enforced for your protection. These regulations guard against fraud. How? Any individual or business involved in mold assessment, mold remediation, or those contracted to repair damage caused by mold are required to be properly trained and licensed.
Therefore, if you are dealing with mold in your home or business and need professional help, verify proper licensing for your protection. Further, prior to a mold remediation you should be given detailed explanations of the proposed steps involved for removal of the mold and also cost estimations.
During the process of mold remediation, the laws ensure that approved protective equipment is used as a safety measure for everyone involved. In addition to protective gear, the laws require that:
All chemicals used for sanitizing and disinfecting are handled appropriately and are approved by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).
Notice is posted regarding the mold remediation activities and the timeframes involved.
The mold assessment and mold remediation must be performed by separate licensed entities.
The New York Mold Program dictates that without the proper training and licensing, regardless of professional ability or title, will not be legally permitted to advise or perform on any detail about mold.
Without properly dealing with mold, it can cultivate and increase in toxicity. Therefore, the required training and certifications help ensure you are protected from fraud or being charged for sub par work in mold removal process.