Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer that would help assure best practices are utilized in the inspection and cleanup of mold in residential buildings and school facilities was advanced Thursday by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. The measure would also establish a certification program for mold abatement and inspection workers
“In the aftermaths of Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy many property owners have been left to deal with mold after moving back into flooded out homes,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “By establishing clear procedures for mold inspection and remediation, families will be better informed about the safety of their home and can have greater assurance that work performed on their home is done properly.”
Singer’s S2081 would require the state Department of Community Affairs, in consultation with the Department of Health and the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, to adopt rules that establish procedures for the identification, inspection and abatement of mold in residential buildings and school facilities. The bill also requires mold abatement and inspection workers to be certified through programs established by the DCA.
“Mold can be tough to detect and remediate and in the confines of a home can cause a plethora of dangerous health problems,” Singer added. “This legislation will set up specific procedures to help protect families from what can be an avoidable nightmare of ill effects.”
S2081 will now go before the full Senate for approval.