NY Lawmakers Approve Mold Licensing Bill
Originally published by Indoor Environment Connections
The New York Legislature has approved legislation that would require the licensure of mold inspection, assessment and remediation specialists and sets minimum work standards for mold inspection, assessment and remediation specialists.
The bill, which has bipartisan support, aims to ensure that only properly trained, licensed professionals can conduct mold assessment, abatement and remediation services.
Applicants for the license must have completed state-approved course work, including training on the appropriate use and care of personal protection equipment as approved by the commissioner of New York’s Department of Health.
If the bill becomes law, an applicant for a license to perform mold remediation will have to submit a financial statement, prepared by an independent auditor or accountant, stating the assets of the applicant. This will be used to determine the financial responsibility of the applicant to perform mold remediation services.
Applicants would also have to submit insurance certificates showing workers' compensation coverage, if required, and liability insurance of at least $50,000.
“A major obstacle to rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy has been the widespread cases of mold affecting Nassau County homes and businesses,” said Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, the bill’s sponsor. “Mold removal can be expensive, and it’s important that it’s done right, as it poses a serious public health risk. This bill would require that mold remediation specialists are licensed and qualified to make sure mold is properly removed.”
Mold can cause serious health risks, especially for children and those suffering from asthma. This legislation ensures that only licensed professionals, who have undergone an extensive licensing process, are able to provide mold-related services. “It prevents unscrupulous contractors from taking advantage of those in need, both now and in the future,” Weisenberg said.
“Superstorm Sandy devastated our communities, destroying more than 70,000 homes and businesses in Nassau County,” said Assemblyman Weisenberg. “This legislation will help families move forward because even though we’ve endured great struggles over the past two years, together we can safely re-build our homes.”
The bill has been sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for approval. A spokeswoman for the governor said he has not yet declared publicly if he will sign it.