Archive for September, 2014

Indoor Air Quality Tips for Winter

Monday, September 29th, 2014
Indoor Air Quality for Winter

Avoid toxic household cleaners.

Poor indoor air quality can cause a multitude of problems, no matter what the season. But when winter comes, we start spending even more time inside and the illnesses start circulating. This means that the quality of your breathing air becomes even more important!

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), poor indoor air quality can cause or exacerbate:

  • Asthma, allergies, and other respiratory problems
  • Headaches
  • Eye and skin irritations
  • Sore throat, colds and flu
  • Memory loss, dizziness, fatigue and depression

Fortunately there are a few easy things you can do to eliminate a great deal of your indoor air quality issues!

No Indoor Smoking

The American Lung Association claims that indoor smoking sends 15,000 children to the hospital each year. Second hand smoke from indoor smoking is one of the top contaminates of indoor air.

Change Your Air Filters

Your HVAC filters can harbor bacteria, dust mites, mold, and mildew. Cleaning out your filter at the recommended time, or whenever it appears dirty, will help reduce the number of contaminates circling in your air. You may also consider an anti-microbial filter like Perfect Fit Filters to mitigate this issue even further!

Avoid Toxic Cleaners and Paints

Many regular household cleaning products can emit VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) that contaminate your indoor air. These toxic chemicals can include formaldehyde and acetaldehyde. Look for low-VOC paints and varnishes every time your paint your home, and use household cleaners that are green and biodegradable.

Start a Regular Cleaning Schedule

Clean your ceiling fans, dust your shelves, wipe your base boards, and vacuum thoroughly. The contaminates in your air will settle in the dust in your home, making it easy for you to remove a great deal of it. Not to mention, you will get rid of tons of those pesky dust mites.

Invest in a High Quality Air Purifier

Air purifiers are not all created equally. When investing in an air purifier, avoid those that are just a passive filter. They will only be able to filter the air right beside the unit. Look for a purifier with active technology, that will seek out the particulates in your air and attack them. We highly recommend air purification devices that employ MCI (Multi Cluster Ionization) technology.

For even more tips, we recommend visiting Dr. Mercola’s article on indoor air quality for even more in-depth information.

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The First Step to Success in the Mold Industry: Invest in Yourself

Thursday, September 4th, 2014
Mold Industry Training

Lance Eisen, educating our mold assessment and remediation professionals.

We started NORMI because we are passionate about keeping the mold industry up-to-date and effective. Mold assessors and remediators need to be aware of the latest technology and standards of practice to be able to provide the top level of service, and keep the homeowner protected. Not only that, but being well-trained and certified is the first step to being extremely marketable. The educated consumer knows that the lowest bid on a project usually means low quality work. They want to know that they will be receiving the help they need when they pay for a mold assessor or remediator. That’s why continually investing in training and development is the first step to a successful mold business. Here are our top reasons to invest in yourself first:

Intelligence is Earned

Look at the most successful person in any field. They didn’t just land their because of luck, they earned it. They have the most knowledge and the most skill needed to succeed in that area. Information is your most valuable resource in the mold and IAQ industry.

Relationships are Invaluable

Every on-site class is an opportunity to meet and form relationships with experts (your instructors) and colleagues (the other students). You are able to discuss what does and doesn’t work, co-promote, and learn from each other. Take advantage of every networking possibility that you can.

Reputation is Everything

How you are viewed is everything in the world of business. If you don’t have the credentials  to back up your claims then you are doing both yourself and your clients a disservice. No one can fake it forever, and why would you want to? Keep your reputation in tact by staying up with the latest information and using it to provide the best possible service.

Here at NORMI, we recommend taking at least one training class per year. It keeps you fresh, up-to-date, and in touch with the industry. If you are looking for somewhere to start, try the Mold, Moisture, and SOP class by Best Training School.  You can read more about the syllabus on their website.

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NORMI Offers Remote Florida Licensing Examination Option

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Abita Springs, LA     August 2014

“We have received many questions regarding the Florida licensing law and want to clear up any confusion regarding that process,” reported Doug Hoffman, Executive Director or NORMI.  “Florida licensure is becoming a national model in an industry where such regulation is necessary  because of its reasonable approach to the industry.  Interestingly, the MRSA and MRSR license and NORMI credentials have proven valuable to mold professionals, no matter in which state they work.”

In November of 2013, NORMI was approved to offer the State of Florida proctored examination for licensure.  As a result, NORMI has partnered with many safety councils across the State of Florida to administer the proctored examination and applicants from all over the country are now finding it easier and more convenient to apply for the Florida license.  Simply by paying the examination fee, the applicant is directed to the proctoring location closest to him/her and given information on how to schedule the examination.  The examination, proctored on location, is then taken online and the results are immediate.  Verification documentation is then emailed to the applicant referencing his/her passing grade.  This testing documentation along with his training document are a part of the initial licensure requirements.

“Although the State of Florida does not require a specific number of hours of initial training (like the 24 hrs. the State of Louisiana requires, for instance),” said Hoffman, “those who challenge the examination are advised to consider taking a course in preparation for the examination (either MRSA or MRSR Prep Course).  The State of Florida DOES require documentation that the applicant has been trained (no specific hours) in ‘mold, moisture and respiratory protection’ and that training can be provided by a variety of training providers.  We have also been approved by the State of Florida to provide that training, as well as the 14 hours of continuing education required for license renewal.”

NORMI, the National Organization of Remediation and Mold Inspectors, offers fourteen certifications and is a non-profit certifying trade association dedicated to support mold and IAQ professionals in the industry.  NORMI is currently aggressively pursing licensure for every state.  For more information, contact 877.251.2296 or email support@normi.org