What Consumers Need To Know About Mold
By Pierre Mouchette | Bits-n-Pieces
The most common health effects or symptoms of mold are:
Does The Federal Or My State Government Establish Safety Standards For Mold?
Currently, federal or state-established standards or safety thresholds for mold exposure are nonexistent. Scientifically, an agreement has not been reached on whether molds or various types are hazardous or injurious to health.
The EPA website (https://www.epa.gov/mold/are-there-federal-regulations-or-standards-regarding-mold) states: ‘Standards or Threshold Limit Values (TLVs) for airborne concentrations of mold, or mold spores, have not been set. Currently, there are no EPA regulations or standards for airborne mold contaminants.’
Is the removal, cleaning, sanitizing, demolition, or other treatment, including preventive activities, of mold or mold-contaminated matter that was not purposely grown at that location. The terms mold abatement and mold removal are used interchangeably with mold remediation. The remediation process entails using specialized equipment and methods to ensure complete removal while preventing the new growth of mold.
In addition to remediation, some states regulate mold assessment. Mold assessment contractors are mold testing companies that detect and prevent microbial pollutants in indoor environments. They provide professional services for mold inspection, mold and allergen testing, and preventative maintenance.
Some states that require licensing also require that two separate companies complete the mold remediation and mold assessment. Currently, only a handful of states require licensure to remediate mold.
The CRMI, CCMI, and CMR certifications from Professional Mold Inspection Institute are industry accepted in almost every state in the US and every province in Canada. Mold inspection and mold remediation do not have a particular licensing program in most states.
Currently, the Professional Mold Inspection Institute certification from MoldTraining.com is recognized and accepted in every state and province except Texas and Florida, which require special state-based certificates for mold inspection and remediation.
Professional Mold Inspection Institute
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American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC)
The ACAC sets the most stringent standards for any mold company. Before you hire a mold testing company, verify their license by going to https://www.acac.org/find/database.aspx
The ACAC offers independent, accredited certifications to experienced professionals. Council certificate holders have demonstrated their knowledge and experience in building sciences, industrial hygiene, indoor environmental risk assessment, microbial investigation, remediation, and consulting. Council certification programs are the most rigorous in their fields and maintain the highest professional standards.
The ACAC is the only indoor air quality organization whose certifications have achieved CESB accreditation. Council programs employ psychometrically rated examinations that test industry knowledge and require verified field experience of each certification candidate. Council certifications are board-awarded by a nationwide panel of industry peers for two years, after which each certificate must undergo a rigorous re-certification process. CESB accreditation is the latest evidence that ACAC certifications continue to set the standard in the industry for integrity, credibility, and independence
The ACAC has set forth recommended legislation language stating that:
Note: The CESB is the recognized accreditation body for engineering and scientific and specialty certification programs. CESB is an independent, voluntary membership body created for its member organizations that recognize, through specialty certification, the expertise of individuals practicing in engineering and related fields.