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Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
We often get some very interesting questions from our members, and others in the building and construction community. We recently were posed one that we believe would be helpful for the public. A roofing contractor recently sent us this message:
“I saw your article about sodium hypochlorite not killing mold on asphalt roofing by Doug Hoffman. I am a soft washing and roof washing contractor. I was never taught that it was mold on a roof. I always thought it was lichen, algae, and moss. Further, he said to use a biocide, and chlorine is one. Can I get some clarity on this? Who was told or tested roofing materials to see if the black streaks where mold? And if not mold why will chlorine not kill moss, lichen, and algae? Finally I read that chlorine will kill mold on non porous surfaces but it will not kill mold on porous surfaces?”
Our Executive Director, Doug Hoffman, had this to say in response:
“Great question! All of the chemistries that are approved by the EPA to kill mold (fungus) are registered with the EPA as pesticides. In fact, the LA Dept. of Agriculture requires Licensed Mold Remediators to also carry a pesticide ground-applicators license because, again, what they are using are pesticides. Sodium Hypochlorite is registered with the EPA as a disinfectant because it is good, as a sanitizer, on hard surfaces but will not adequately penetrate the mold to kill the “bio-slime” and actually eliminate it from growing. If you read the use instructions, it’s incredibly toxic and requires some dwell time to actually kill any of the microbiologicals it can address.
In 2004, Oregon State University performed a study to address this issue, and determined exactly what I wrote in “Mold-Free Construction” five years earlier (the first edition). Bleach will affect the discoloration (making it look like it disappeared) but will not actually kill the mold. Even when you add detergent and high levels of surfactants, it simply will not penetrate the mold. That’s why bleach should never be used on mold remediation projects either…people have been slow to come to the table but the science is proving this position to be right!
In regards to what is actually growing on the roof, that varies significantly based on geography. Moss is really bad in the Northwest US while mold is worse in the Southern states. Here’s the fact that needs to be considered: any microbiological contaminant will feed on the DIRT that is accumulating on the roofing system (from acid rain, settled dust, etc.) and, under the right conditions, its roots (depending on the type of mold) could grow into the shingle (especially asphalt shingles that have a lot of fillers in them and very little asphalt or petro product). Killing that growth is paramount to extending the life and improving the appearance of virtually any roofing system (even tile) and using a pesticide with surfactants that actually will penetrate that growth is best, by far!
BTS, I love the concept of “soft washing” (which is what we did with our company) to maintain the integrity of the ballast and protect the shingle from UV. BUT, experience has shown over and over again that bleach will only make it go “clear” and then it will reappear with a vengeance.”
Sunday, March 12th, 2017
Abita Springs, LA 03/12/17
Dr. Oz completed a great segment on 02/27 dealing with toxic mold and the dangers the public may face when being scammed by unlicensed, untrained mold guys. NORMI and the IICRC were upheld as “the good guys”, credible, national training/certification organizations that help clients with assessing and cleaning up mold problems in indoor environments.
NORMI, the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors was founded July 4, 2004 to train and certify mold remediators under the State of Louisiana Mold Licensing Law. Since then, NORMI has trained thousands of assessors, remediators and IAQ professionals throughout the United States and Canada. Its certifications have been recognized by states who require training for licensure including, but not limited to, New York, Florida, Louisiana and the District of Columbia.
The mold profession has long been plagued with scammers, non-professionals who claim they can detect mold and clean it up. Many of these do NO testing, are not trained building assessors and do not know that bleach WILL NOT clean mold. Dr. Oz addresses each of these subjects in his well-written segment which include Mike Holmes, a builder and television personality who touted the importance of finding good guys like NORMI and the IICRC.
For more information, contact NORMI at support@NORMI.org or visit www.NORMI.org or call 877.251.2296 to find classes at a location near you. Visit www.NORMIPro.com to locate a mold professional in your area.
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017
ACTIVE NORMI Members have access to ongoing continuing education training every Tuesday night (48 times a year) in our BTS Training Room. These interactive webinars provide an opportunity for members to get ongoing training, news and other information regarding the mold profession. Unique to the NORMI organization, members are given the opportunity to “meet and greet” other NORMI members across the country on a regular basis and get their specific field questions answered.
NORMI is an approved training provider for many stated, including the State of Florida (PVD MRS0003605), and continues to offer onsite classes for CEU (continuing education units). The State of Florida requires each licensed Mold Related Services Assessor and/or Remediator to take fourteen (14) hours of approved continuing education during each renewal cycle (every two years).
The State of Florida recently approved NORMI CEUs to be given in a LIVE ONLINE format. These classes are offered at various times throughout the year and on specific Tuesday nights inside of the regular weekly training. ONLY ACTIVE NORMI Members may take advantage of this option to receive, over the course of a year, all the CEUs needed for renewal at NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE!
“We are pleased to make this announcement,” said Doug Hoffman, Executive Director of NORMI, the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors. “NORMI continues to lead the industry in filling the void of training and this is just another high-tech way of delivering relevant and current information. Connecting our active members to the organization and to the industry through this member benefit is one of our unique offerings and we’re thrilled that the State of Florida has recognized its value.”
To become an ACTIVE NORMI member, go to the “JOIN” tab at the top of www.NORMI.org. For more information, contact NORMI at 877.251.2296 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, November 6th, 2015
Abita Springs, LA
NORMI, the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspector, is happy to announce that it received confirmation today from ASHI®, the American Society of Home Inspectors, that after reviewing the course material, speaker qualification, class length, etc. for content, quality and pertinence to home inspection professionals, announced that participants who successfully attend the designated program are eligible to receive the number of Continuing Education Credits (CEs) in the amount of 1 hour for 1 hour. An example of the designation on each applicable course website will read as follows: Certified Mold Assessor Course is approved for 24 hours of ASHI® Continuing Education Credits.
“Many Home Inspectors in the State of New York do not realize that they will be required to get licensed in New York as a Mold Assessor,” said Doug Hoffman, Executive Director of NORMI. “We have been training Home Inspectors in Florida for years on the assessment process because they are often in situations where their clients ask about probable mold contamination. The professional Home Inspector avoids the discussion unless he is trained. For New York to be pro-active about filling this need is pretty impressive. Our New York approved courses for Assessor, Remediation Contractor and Abatement Worker will provide the information Home Inspectors need to do their job correctly and, thus, avoid litigation.”
“ASHI® has over 2200 members in the State of New York and over 3000 in the State of Florida so we have a lot of opportunity to train Home Inspectors,” said Linda Eicher, National Training Director for Best Training School. “Attending our licensing class and getting their re-certification credits toward their ASHI® Certification is a win-win for us and them. NORMI provides training throughout the US and Canada for licensure and certification for mold professionals.”
The courses now approved by ASHI® include New York Mold Assessor, New York Remediation Contractor, New York Abatement Worker, Florida Mold Related Services Assessor, Florida Mold Related Remediator, NORMI Certified Mold Assessor, NORMI Certified Mold Remediator and NORMI Certified Mold Worker. For more information on classes or certifications contact NORMI at 877.251.2296 or email email@example.com
Thursday, May 7th, 2015
Abita Springs, LA
May 7, 2015
We are pleased to announce that thirteen of our NORMI members have been honored by HomeAdvisor with the “Best of HomeAdvisor Award”! HomeAdvisor is the premier lead-sourcing program in the construction industry and NORMI members are encouraged to take advantage of the lead-sourcing they provide which benefits their individual business and the public.
“I am so proud of these entrepreneurs who have been certified with us, connected to us and provided outstanding service to the public,” remarked Doug Hoffman, Executive Director of NORMI (National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors). These folks are doing exactly what we encourage them to do and have proven successful following our model. Congratulations to them for their dedication to providing the best service in the industry!”
HomeAdvisor said, “Thank you for being a partner of HomeAdvisor. We value our relationship, and we look forward to continuing to develop and grow our partnership in the coming year.
“We are pleased to announce that 13 pros in your network have received the ‘Best of HomeAdvisor Award’ for 2015! This distinction recognizes top industry professionals based on quality, service and value in the HomeAdvisor network. These members were chosen because they exemplify superior work practices, are committed to first-rate service and provide a fair value for the work they’re performing. Only the top pros in the HomeAdvisor network are bestowed this prestigious award!”
Recipients of the 2015 Best of HomeAdvisor Award are:
Curtis Roberts Mold Inspection
Green Way Solutions
AirTech Solutions 4U
MicroClean Technology, Inc.
Integrity Air Quality Solutions
Residential Air Quality
Jose Technologies, Inc.
A Healthier Home, LLC
Environmental Services Group Carolinas, LLC
Pure Air Solutions, LLC
The Best Restoration, LLC
Gnl Enterprises, LLC
DMC Environmental Service
For more information regarding training and certifying with NORMI, see www.NORMI.org, contact us at support@NORMI.org or cal 877.251.2296 NORMI is an approved training/certifications provider for multiple states and offered thirteen certifications.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
REPRINT from CHICAGO TRIBUNE 06/21/24
llinois hospitals facing Medicare penalties over infection rates Northwestern among 6 in state that could have payments docked June 21, 2014|
By Peter Frost, Jordan Rau and Richard Webner, Chicago Tribune
At least six Illinois hospitals are at risk of having their Medicare payments docked this fall, the government’s toughest effort yet to crack down on unnecessary infections and other patient injuries, federal records show. Included on that list is Northwestern Memorial Hospital, which logged one of the highest rates of hospital-acquired conditions in Illinois. Based on preliminary federal data, Northwestern and at least five other Illinois hospitals are facing annual penalties that could reach into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, starting in October.
The financial penalties, which amount to 1 percent of every Medicare payment for a year, are designed to provide a powerful incentive for hospitals to improve patient care and, as a result, save the federal government and taxpayers money. “We want hospitals focused on patient safety, and we want them laser-focused on eliminating patient harm,” said Dr. Patrick Conway, chief medical officer of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Federal officials in April released preliminary data showing which hospitals would be assessed, identifying 761 institutions.
When Medicare sets the final penalties later this year, the list may change because the government will include performance over a longer period. In Illinois, 26 of 125, or about 21 percent, of the hospitals scored by Medicare would face penalties based on that preliminary analysis, including most of the region’s teaching hospitals. The Tribune, working with Kaiser Health News, focused on Illinois hospitals that experts said are the most likely to face penalties after Medicare compiles the complete data. Aside from Northwestern, the remaining five hospitals are located outside Chicagoland.
They include OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa, Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka, FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport and Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney. Each ranked among the bottom 10 percent nationwide on the government’s scoring system, which includes three measures:
- The frequency of bloodstream infections in patients with catheters inserted into a major artery to deliver antibiotics, nutrients, chemotherapy or other treatments.
- The rates of infections from catheters inserted into the bladder to drain urine.
- A variety of avoidable safety problems in patients, including bedsores, hip fractures, blood clots and accidental lung punctures.
The final infection-related scores will be based on data for 2012 and 2013; the data for avoidable safety problems include incidents that occurred from July 2011 through June 2013. Dr. Clifford McDonald, a senior adviser at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the worst performing hospitals “still have a lot of room to move in a positive direction.” The Medicare infection penalties, created by the 2010 federal health law often called Obamacare, make up the third of the federal health law’s major mandatory pay-for-performance programs.
The first levies penalties against hospitals with high readmission rates, and the second awards bonuses or penalties based on two dozen quality measures. Both programs are in their second year. When all three programs are in place this fall, hospitals will be at risk of losing up to 5.4 percent of their Medicare payments. The latest sanctions, estimated to total $330 million over a year, kick in at a time when most infections measured in hospitals are on the decline but still too common. In 2012, 1 out of every 8 patients nationally suffered a potentially avoidable complication during a hospital stay, the government estimates.
Meanwhile, new strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria are making infections much harder to cure. Over the next few years, Medicare will also factor in surgical site infections and infection rates from two germs that are resistant to antibiotic treatments: Clostridium difficile, known as C. diff, and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, known as MRSA. There may be little difference in the performance between hospitals that narrowly draw penalties and those that barely escape them.
That is because the health law requires Medicare to punish the worst-performing quarter of the nation’s hospitals each year, even if they have been improving. “Hospitals that have been working hard to reduce infections may end up in the penalty box,” said Nancy Foster, vice president for quality and public safety at the American Hospital Association. The data also identify higher-performing hospitals. Norwegian American Hospital in Humboldt Park, for example, ranked among Illinois’ best performers, according to Medicare’s preliminary analysis. Dr. Abha Agrawal, the safety-net hospital’s chief operating officer and vice president of medical affairs, said the data reflect strides the hospital has made in recent years on patient quality.
For more information about assessing medical environments, contact http://www.NORMIProMgmt.com at 1.877.751.5600