In 2016 the NYS Mold Remediation Law affects mold contractors across the state, but Branch services is prepared for those changes. On January 29, 2015, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed a bill requiring that assessors and contractors in the mold remediation industry and their workers are properly trained and licensed. Accordingly, the licensing requirements for mold contractors, assessors, and workers take effect on January 1, 2016.
Effective January 1, 2016 all Mold Remediation Contractors, and Assessors must be licensed by the New York State Department of Labor. The licensing requirements state that no person shall be licensed to conduct mold-related services unless they: (a) are eighteen years of age or older; (b) have satisfactorily completed Department of Labor-approved course work, including training on the appropriate use and care of personal protection equipment as approved by the Commissioner of the Department of Health; and (c) have paid the appropriate fees. The licensing requirements prohibit any contractor to engage in mold assessment or mold remediation without a valid license issued by the Commissioner of Labor which must be present and on display at the worksite. The bill also prohibits a person licensed to perform mold-related services from acting as both the mold assessment contractor and the mold remediation contractor, in other words, contractors who currently provide mold inspections and perform the remediation as well, will no longer be able to do so. Individuals will only be allowed to be a licensed Mold Assessor or a licensed Mold Remediator, NOT BOTH.
Persons who conduct home inspections as part of potential real estate transactions must also be licensed as a “Mold Assessor” if their inspections/reports include an assessment of mold conditions in the home or property in question. “Mold assessment” means an inspection or assessment of real property that is designed to discover mold, conditions that facilitate mold, indication of conditions that are likely to facilitate mold, or any combination thereof.”
Persons who perform Mold Abatement (Remediation) must be licensed as Mold Remediation Contractor. “Mold Remediation” or “Mold Abatement” means the act of removal, cleaning, sanitizing, or surface disinfection of mold, mold containment, and waste handling of mold and materials used to remove mold from surfaces by an individual.
We at Branch Services are currently preparing for this new law and are in the process of obtaining the required training to apply for and become licensed as a Mold Remediation Contractor. Standard Industry Certifications that were accredited in the past do not apply to the current licensing requirements. We will be in compliance with the new law by January 1, 2016 and will continue to be the mold remediation contractor you can count on.