VANCOUVER, Wash. – July 21, 2010 – The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification’s (IICRC) Government Affairs Committee continues to make an impact on state legislation and licensing in the mold remediation industry, specifically in Kentucky and Louisiana. Recent developments in those states benefit not only practitioners but also consumers.
The Kentucky General Assembly enacted House Bill 44 (HB 44) at the end of the 2010 session and are currently determining when the law will go into effect. In Kentucky, the office of Attorney General, in consultation with the Department of Public Health and the Division for Air Quality, must set standards for mold remediation companies that operate in the Commonwealth. As a result of efforts by the Government Affairs Committee, the new law requires that the standards be based on “the five (5) general principles of mold remediation created by the [IICRC] in its publication,” the ANSI/IICRC Standard S520, which are:
· Safety and health
· Project documentation
· Contaminant control
· Contaminant removal
· Contamination prevention
Later this month, the Kentucky office of the Attorney General will have a meeting to discuss the specifics of implementing and regulating the new law. Daniel Bernazzani from the IICRC Government Affairs Committee will be attending to represent IICRC. He will draw on his expertise and his experience from working with IICRC to recommend effective methods of regulation.
Additionally, Louisiana now recognizes IICRC certifications for mold remediation licensing. Training provided by IICRC sponsored classes will now help practitioners in the state secure the licensing needed to be a mold remediation contractor.
Since it was established in late 2007, the Government Affairs Committee has pursued a mission “to grow and maintain IICRC awareness of state and federal legislative activity throughout the United States; and where feasible to facilitate relationships and understanding on behalf of the inspection, cleaning and restoration industry.”
“We have been able to advance our mission by engaging these various audiences,” explained Government Affairs Committee Chair Dr. Randy Rapp. “The results of our efforts show that we have been able to help government entities make better, more informed decisions to the benefit of the industry and the public.”
Moving forward, the IICRC Government Affairs Committee will continue to represent the interests of the inspection, cleaning and restoration industry where appropriate.