Monday, October 12, 2015

Future Environment Designs Approved For All NYS DOL Mold Courses

We are happy to announce that New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) has approved Future Environment Designs, Inc to train the Mold Assessor Course (4 days of training), the Mold Contractor Remediation Course (3 days of training), and the Mold Abatement Worker Course (2 days of training).  Visit our website for the current training schedule that now has proposed training dates for all three courses.  In addition, remember we can do these courses with our at your convenience service.

Water Intrusion left longer than 48 hours, mold growth. 

Now that we are approved for these courses, here are some interesting points:

  • NYSDOL will start accepting applications for these licenses on November 16, 2015.
  • Under Article 32, all mold assessors, mold remediation contractors, mold supervisors, and mold workers must be licensed by January 1, 2016.
  • The mold assessor is the person who will be making most of the decisions on how the remediation will proceed on a project.  The assessor in a sense (using asbestos terms) is the inspector, designer and project monitor/air sample technician (daily monitoring not required under the standard only clearance) for the remediation. 
  • The mold contractor remediation course is not only for the owner (s) of the remediation company, it is also for the estimators, and supervisors of the workers.  
  • Obviously, the mold abatement worker course is for all workers working on the remediation.
  • For the training providers the fee for course approval was $500 which was at the low end of the scale mentioned in the law.  Based on this we suspect the licensing fee for mold workers and supervisors will be $50 per worker.  The mold assessor will be at $150 per worker.  The remediation contractor will be $500 per contractor.
  • When mold assessors submit for their license they will have to show proof of workmen's compensation and liability insurance (at least $50,000 coverage).  Meaning you will have to use your employer's insurance or submit your own insurance.
  • NYSDOL's mold website continues to grow and provide more and more information.  The most recent additions are:
    • a flow chart graphic that indicates the required training course to obtain mold-related licensing.
    • Second addition to the NYSDOL website is a link to the webpage titled Home Inspectors & Mold Assessment Licensing.  The webpage explains when a home inspector needs to be licensed as a mold assessor.  Based on this page it says home inspectors need to be licensed if their inspections/reports include an assessment of mold conditions in the home or property in question.  Based Labor Law Article 32, a mold assessment is "an inspection or assessment.....that is designed to discover mold, conditions that facilitate mold, indication of conditions that are likely to facilitate mold, or any combination thereof."
  • Most of the work practices will probably come from the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) and the New York City Department of Health's (NYCDOH) guidance documents with some references to S520 from Institute of Inspection Cleaning Restoration and Certification (IICRC).
We are still waiting for the written regulations, though we suspect these will take time and the training that will be provided will be the basis of the eventual regulations.  Only time will tell where these regulations will end up.