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CM/EduCon<sup>SM</sup> answers "Why mold remediation certification?”

September 19, 2010

Do you understand the difference between conditions where mold removal is part of cleaning and maintenance activities and when mold removal becomes remediation requiring the removal and disposal of building materials?

Do you know how to prevent a mold problem from returning or becoming worse in the future?

Are you confused about when mold remediation is necessary and how it should be performed? Do you know how to limit your liability regarding the mold you encounter in the work you perform?

Don’t get bombarded with logisitics, and don’t get caught off guard. Learn how to keep from being blamed for mold that develops in buildings where you have worked, and demonstrate your professional knowledge in mold remediation.

Cleaning Management Institute’s® (CMI) Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA)-Certified Mold Remediator (CMR) course is designed to help answer the previous questions, and help prepare you for Certified Mold Remediator status. There is a CM/EduConSM at a location near you. (Please see “CM/EduConSM 2005 winter/spring schedule”.)

Definite need for information

The IAQA has been offering certification in mold remediation since 2001.

IAQA’s involvement was important in the development of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification’s (IICRC) S520 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation.

The CMR education and testing program has trained and certified more than 4,000 people since June 2001. The three-day course, consisting of both classroom and hands-on education, is ideal for cleaning and restoration professionals, facility personnel, and IAQ consultants working with mold issues.

In spite of a lot of false and fly-by-night information about mold, there really are proper standards based on the way mold contamination in buildings should be addressed.

The class can serve as an introduction to mold remediation for the beginner, or as preparation for certification for more advanced and experienced individuals.

Mold gaining notoriety

Mold remediation has become an important industry. Real estate disclosure laws regarding damage to property and health concerns are just one of the driving forces that have prompted a need for professionals who can return mold damaged buildings to a normal condition.

Trained workers help to ensure mold remediation work is performed in a manner consistent with the standards for the industry. Improper remediation wastes money and may result in a building that is in worse shape, from a botched job.

To date, government has remained largely uninvolved in the process of determining who is qualified to perform mold remediation.

As such, the mold remediation industry has a chance to police itself, and certification of trained workers is just one aspect of industry self regulation: It helps provide consumers with a degree of confidence that the people working on their buildings have an understanding of the work requirements.

More Insurance carriers are beginning to require workers on remediation projects be certified. It has also become apparent from a liability standpoint that trained certified workers are better able to deal with the intricacies that develop when mold is present in a building.

Companies employing certified workers might find the status will make it easier to obtain liability insurance and pollution coverage for the work they perform.

In addition to theory, the IAQA-approved Certified Mold Remediator (CMR) course includes practical descriptions of when, how and why to construct containments and use equipment such as air filtration devices to control the spread of contaminants.

The course offers a basis for evaluating equipment purchasing decisions and instructs how to maintain the equipment in proper working order, as well as demonstrates the principals being taught with practical examples from real mold remediation projects.

John Banta is the senior environmental consultant for RestCon Environmental. He is certified by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene as an Associate Industrial Hygienist, and is an approved instructor for the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA)-approved Certified Mold Remediation course with CM/EduConSM.

Banta is the co-author for the book Prescriptions for a Health House: A Practical Guide for Architects, Builders, and Homeowners. The book is now in its second edition.