Mold legislation — or legislation that establishes standards for the inspection and cleanup of mold — has been approved by the New Jersey Senate. The Mold Remediation Bill is a revised version of the original legislation vetoed by the governor for the detection, treatment, and abatement of mold. With this bill, guidelines for the inspection, detection, assessment, and removal of mold will be released by the Department of Health and the Department of Community Affairs.
Now that the NJ mold legislation is passed, it would help to establish a certification program for mold abatement and inspection workers. The bill reads as follows:
“Within six months after the effective date of this act, the Department of Community Affairs (DCA), in consultation with the Department of Health and the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, shall adopt rules and regulations that establish procedures for the inspection, identification, and evaluation of the interior of residential buildings and school facilities for mold,” the bill states.
These procedures must be “based upon, but not limited to, industry standards and standards and guidelines developed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.”
“Exposure to mold in the confines of a home is a serious concern and, unfortunately, one many families have been left with in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy,” said Sen. Robert Singer, one of the sponsors of the bill. “By establishing these standards for mold inspection and remediation residents will be better protected from shoddy work and a nightmare of ill effects.”
More Mold Legislation Details
In addition, the mold legislation bill will now require mold abatement and inspection workers to be certified through programs established by the DCA.
“Locating and removing mold from a home is difficult work that needs to be done right the first time,” Singer added.
The mold inspection certification program will require that inspectors for mold hazards have training and education in the following subject areas:
- Proper methods for identifying the presence of mold.
- Scientifically recognized procedures and new technologies for the collection of air and surface samples.
- Methods for identifying locations of moisture infiltration to locate likely areas for mold infestation.
- All applicable State and Federal regulations.
For more information, you’re welcome to read the full text of the bill here.
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