White Paper Discusses the Use of Mold Stain Removers and New York’s Mold Licensing Laws
Mold remediation contractors in New York have questions about the use of mold stain removers answered in new report by industry expert Michael Pinto.
Mold stain removal is clearly not a substitute for mold remediation, but leaving behind stains is not likely to meet customers’ expectations.
On January 1st, New York State’s Department of Labor began enforcing Article 32 of the agency’s new Mold Program. It establishes licensing requirements and minimum work standards for professionals engaged in mold assessment and remediation.
Within the mold remediation industry, this has resulted in a litany of questions about the products and chemicals that can now be utilized. Questions about the use of chemicals are in relation to the New York law which states: A mold assessment licensee who indicates in a remediation plan that a disinfectant, biocide, or antimicrobial coating will be used on a mold remediation project shall indicate a specific product or brand only if it is registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency for the intended use and if the use is consistent with the manufacturer’s labeling instructions. (Article 32; Licensing of Mold Inspection, Assessment, and Remediation Specialists and Minimum Work Standards; Title 2, Section 945.3)
Given the language, many New York licensees have asked specifically about whether mold stain removing products like the industry’s standard, MMR mold stain remover, were “legal” to continue using.
“Most manufacturers of mold stain removers do not overtly advertise their products as performing mold remediation, but rather as products to enhance the appearance of a surface,” said Chris Heller with FastMoldRemoval.com. “Mold stain removal is clearly not a substitute for mold remediation, but leaving behind stains is not likely to meet customers’ expectations. Instead, stain removal activities should follow or enhance traditional mold remediation activities that complete the fungal removal process. As such, mold stain removers such as MMR are still acceptable, following the remediation, for use throughout New York.”
A more comprehensive review of this subject is documented in the white paper, “The Peculiar Place of Mold Stain Removers in the Restoration Industry.” It was authored by Michael A. Pinto, chief executive officer of Wonder Makers Environmental, Inc., and one of the mold industry’s most recognized professionals.
To request a copy of the white paper, please contact FastMoldRemoval.com by calling 708-441-7982 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
About Mold Solutions & FastMoldRemoval.com
Mold Solutions, owner of FastMoldRemoval.com, is a Frankfort, IL, based company. They manufacture MMR mold stain remover and MPI antimicrobial. MMR is the world’s premier mold stain remover. It is a commercial grade mold and mildew stain remover formulated to immediately eliminate mold and mildew stains present on wood and other hard surfaces. MPI is an EPA-registered antimicrobial, designed to inhibit the growth of damaging microbes such as bacteria, mold, mildew, fungus and algae. It is ideal for treating surfaces following cleaning and/or after mold remediation activities.
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