The Department's new Mold Program, which is responsible for enforcing Article 32 of the New York State Labor Law, establishes licensing requirements and minimum work standards for professionals engaged in mold assessment and remediation. There are three main components to the new law:
Training: The Mold Program will protect consumers by requiring contractors to obtain appropriate training prior to being licensed to perform mold assessment, remediation or abatement services.
Licensing: Contractors will not be allowed to advertise or perform covered work without the required license, with limited exceptions such as home or business owners performing work on their own properties.
Minimum Work Standards: The Mold Program also establishes new minimum work standards for mold assessments and remediation activities by licensed professionals, including:
Protection against fraud by prohibiting the performance of both the assessment and remediation on the same property by the same individual;
Protection against fraud by requiring an independent mold assessment to define the scope of the remediation work;
Identification of disinfectant products, consistent with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards;
Provision of personal protection equipment to employees, as necessary;
Posted notice of the project and the contractor's licenses; and
Completion of a post-remediation assessment.
Update: Please see the Department’s new Mold Assessment and Remediation Fact Sheet. The purpose of this fact sheet is to provide consumers in New York State a basic background regarding mold and required mold professional work practices.