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Monday, August 17th, 2015
Schools tend to be a hot bed for mold, mildew, dust mites, and other IAQ issues. Long ignored, school districts are starting to pay attention to the health and learning issues that can be caused by the air in their buildings. To assist, the Environmental Protection Agency has recently launched a new app to help school officials detect indoor air quality issues.
“Kids learn best in a healthy school environment. Now there’s an app for that! This app puts a powerful tool in the hands of people at the state, district and school level to protect children’s health” said Janet McCabe, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “This mobile app is our latest effort to provide updated, user-friendly guidance to help schools identify, resolve and prevent indoor air quality problems, using low- and no-cost measures.”
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Tuesday, August 11th, 2015
Many Americans are living or working in buildings contaminated by mold, mildew, bacteria, particulate, dust mites VOCs, etc. This very often can contribute to a variety of health issues. The American Lung Association says on their website that, “Poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of infections, lung cancer, and chronic lung diseases such as asthma. In addition, it can cause headaches, dry eyes, nasal congestion, nausea and fatigue. People who already have lung disease are at greater risk.”
For more information on the kinds of contaminates to be concerned about, and how it contributes to your health visit their website.
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Thursday, July 16th, 2015
Abita Springs, LA
Some people our industry view training as unnecessary. Whether initial training or continuing education training, they view any legislation regarding licensing “unnecessarily burdening” if it includes a requirement for training, either in the field or in the classroom. This seems to ignore some pretty important reasons for training.
“When I was working as a Roofing Contractor in the State of Florida, the rules and regulations, along with the Building Codes changed on a regular basis,” proclaimed Doug Hoffman, Executive Director of NORMI. “Hurricanes and other wind events required the administrators of these rules to review them on a regular basis and make changes to the regulations as they needed. Frankly, had I not been required to take 14 hours of continuing education every year for my license, I would still be nailing every single with three nails instead of five! It’s cheaper and, after all, it was good enough for my Dad!”
The mold industry is very dynamic. New chemicals are being developed every year that are less toxic and more eco-friendly. New air scrubbing techniques have been produced which are less expensive and more effective. The understanding of symptoms related to building illnesses is ever expanding as is the medical world beginning to link health concerns with indoor environmental issues. How would a mold professional be incentivized to stay up with this trend if they aren’t required to do so? Realistically, there is little incentive.
Many professionals come into this mold industry with little or no field experience. They see an opportunity to make a lot of money but don’t have the skills or knowledge to complete projects expeditiously and economically. The legal industry is jammed with lawsuits against incompetent and untrained contractors who hold themselves out to the public as “certified” when they got their certification through an online agency without having taken a single class.
The State of Florida is setting the standard in the industry for Mold Assessment and Mold Remediation. There is little doubt that they have written a solid licensing law which requires both initial training and continuing education for its licensees. Washington DC has followed their lead and, we suspect, more States will. Louisiana, the first state to put a licensing law in place, requires 24 hours of training with an additional 4 hours of Law and Business Ethics. Frankly, how else would a professional understand his legal obligations to the citizens of the state without such training?
We encourage all legislators who are considered licensing this industry to take a good close look at the elements of the licensing law they are requiring. Require certifications from good, competent and credible certifying agencies who, in their certifications, require some level of training and field experience. The public is relying on your expertise to protect them from the incompetent, untrained contractor who, just yesterday, was working as an unlicensed handyman.
For more information on the licensing requirements in your state or for information on NORMI, contact us at 877.251.2296 or 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.
Monday, February 2nd, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nonprofit Contact Person: Doug Hoffman
877.251.2296 ext. 876 firstname.lastname@example.org
January 28, 2015 (Abita Springs, LA) – A few simple steps can save property owners thousands of dollars of damage due to structural mold growth, according to Doug Hoffman, executive director of the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (www.NORMI.org), a nonprofit organization involved in providing training and certifications for mold and indoor air quality professionals.
Taking the necessary steps to avoid structural mold growth will not only preserve the integrity of a building but also the health of its occupants, further explains Kurt and Lee Ann Billings, authors of the book MOLD: The War Within, which details lessons learned from Katrina.
Disaster area residents must be proactive, act quickly, and use proper personal protection equipment when implementing the following ten steps:
1. Remove any standing water using a pump or a wet vac. If the water damage is from a broken pipe, be sure to turn off the water supply.
2. Remove wet carpets, rugs, draperies and personal belongings. Clear mud and debris from floors and foundation walls to allow the subflooring and foundation to dry.
3. Remove and discard water-saturated sheetrock and insulation 18 inches above the highest watermark to increase structural drying. Remove water-damaged flexible ductwork and water-damaged insulation around metal ductwork.
4. Remove all mold growth on remaining structural building materials by mechanical means or complete removal if necessary. The easiest and most effective way to initially clean mold from structural building materials is by using a commercial wet/dry HEPA vacuum, followed by wiping, scrubbing, scrapping or sanding for complete removal.
5. Don’t use bleach to clean mold. Bleach is an effective sanitizer but it will not remove mold at its “root”. The mold will look like it’s gone but it is not; it will only grow back.
6. Use sanitizers on any portion of the structure contaminated by sewage or flood waters.
7. Dry the structure out as quickly as possible as structural mold will begin to form in the first 24-48 hours. As soon as the above removal steps are completed, turn up the heat, circulate the air with fans, and use a dehumidifier to keep the indoor humidity below 50 percent. Hot, dry air dries things faster than cold moist air. If there’s no electricity, open windows and doors to get air moving to speed up the drying process, if weather permits.
8. Check the attic as undetected roof leaks can later become big structural mold problems.
9. Inspect windows on the outside of the structure, checking for damaged caulking and seals that could lead to future water leaks.
10. Don’t seal it up until it’s dry. Siding, sheetrock, and flooring repairs should be done only after the substrates are completely dry. Confirm moisture content by using a moisture meter.
For more information on toxic mold, water damage and flood resources, please see www.Flood.NORMI.org or to locate a certified mold inspector, assessor or remediator in your area, log onto www.NORMIPro.com or call 1.877.251.2296 and follow us at www.Facebook.NORMI.org
Saturday, October 18th, 2014
Abita Springs, LA October 18, 2014
With the current concern about Ebola transmission, the question is once again raised about the value, effectiveness and efficacy of ultra-violet component technologies on destroying the DNA of micro-organisms and, subsequently, keeping surfaces clean. Xenex, a company selling sanitization products into the medical industry (see video here) has perfected equipment that destroys all types of bacteria and mold utilizing the same technologies used in high tech air purification equipment. UVC (germicidal wavelength) has been proven over and over again with peer reviewed studies, clinical and field studies to do the job every time! Now this same technology is available to the public…not in big box stores but through NORMI trained professionals.
“We have known for years how effective UVC technology is on killing mold and bacteria in the air and on surfaces,” said Doug Hoffman, Executive Director of NORMI, “so we have made it an integral part of our training and actually been instrumental in developing new technologies that utilize these components in inexpensive home and office units. I’m a big believer in the concept of active air purification and have said, on many occasions, that the only people who need these products are people who breathe. Personally, I can’t imagine going into a hospital setting today without some kind of air purification protection. We are passionate about fixing this problem and our training could be more timely in the midst of all this concern about Ebola.”
NORMI offers training on this technology at Best Training School under the umbrella of the NORMI Certified IAQ Specialist including an IAQ Basics 101 for free. The public needs to know the value of technology like this to keep air and surfaces clean. There are many companies who offer UVC technology but NORMI has specific training on the trademarked MCI™ Multi-Cluster Ionization technology sold in an array of products for home, office and hospital use at the Best Living Systems website.
For more information on this and other trainings, call NORMI at 877.251.2296 or email email@example.com
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
Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
Abita Springs, LA–July 1, 2014
On July 4, 2004 NORMI was created to train and support the mold licensing law in Louisiana, the first of its kind in the nation. With the help of Tom Blalock and Arnold Schnabel (still on our Board of Directors), Doug Hoffman created the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (www.NORMI.org) and put it on a course to fill the industry need for highly relevant and accurate mold training for professionals across the country.
Since its inception, NORMI has trained thousands of professionals domestically and internationally through onsite and online programs and developed unique technologies and tools to support the mold industry. Recognized now as leader in the industry, an approved training provider in multiple states and by major organizations, NORMI continues to lead the industry in the placement of well-qualified professionals into the field by preparing them for licensure in all states that currently require licensing.
With the support of its active membership, the efforts to expand our influence and reach into the marketplace strengthens our position as a real problem-solver to those who are seeking long-term, permanent solutions to both mold and IAQ issues inside their work or living environments. As we begin our tenth year, we want to thank our active members for their encouragement and support. NORMI is making a difference in the lives of thousands of people every year and we are proud to be a part of the solution.
For more information on NORMI contact email@example.com or 877.251.2296
For an ACTIVE NORMI member near you, go to www.NORMIPro.com and search by zipcode.
Monday, June 2nd, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 02, 2014 (Abita Springs, LA) A few simple steps can save property owners thousands of dollars of damage due to structural mold growth, according to Doug Hoffman, executive director of the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (www.NORMI.org), a nonprofit organization involved in providing training and certifications for mold and indoor air quality professionals. Taking the necessary steps to avoid structural mold growth will not only preserve the integrity of a building but also the health of its occupants, further explains Kurt and Lee Ann Billings, authors of the book MOLD: The War Within, which details lessons learned from Katrina. Disaster area residents must be proactive, act quickly, and use proper personal protection equipment when implementing the following ten steps:
1) Remove standing water—remove wet carpets, rugs, draperies, personal belongings (if possible) and exterior mulch against the foundation walls, etc., to allow the subflooring and foundation to dry
2) Dry the structure out as quickly as possible—this is the most important thing you can do as structural mold will begin to form in the first 24-48 hours. Remove water-saturated sheetrock 18 inches above the highest watermark to increase structural drying
3) Turn up the heat and use a dehumidifier—when drying out a structure and/or its contents, reduce the indoor humidity to less than 60% and use heat to speed the drying process. Hot, dry air dries things faster than cold moist air
4) Circulate the air—turn on fans and dehumidifiers or open windows if there is no electricity to get air moving around to increase drying
5) Don’t seal it up until its dry—siding, sheetrock, and flooring repairs should be done only after the substrates are completely dry. Only use plastic to prevent further water damage.
6) Don’t use bleach—it is an effective sanitizer but will not remove mold at its root. The mold will look like its gone but it won’t be
7) Check your attic—undetected roof leaks can become big structural mold problems later
8) Inspect windows on the outside of the structure—check for possible water seepage through the caulking/seals
9) Use the sun to your advantage—if you can, move it outside. Let nature do its job
10) Spray the structure with an enzyme cleaner—as soon as the structure is dry to kill any organism such as mold and bacteria. Use sanitizers on any portion of the structure contaminated by sewage or flood waters.
For more information on water damage and flood resources, please see www.Flood.NORMI.org or to locate a certified mold inspector or remediator in your area, log onto www.normipro.com or call 1.877.251.2296.
Doug Hoffman, CEO
Monday, October 21st, 2013
10/18/2013 Tallahassee, FL The State of Florida Mold-Related Services Board has approved the NORMI Assessor and Remediator examinations for licensure by the State. NORMI, the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors, now joins a small group of select not-for-profit trade organizations with whom the state has partnered to provide competency examinations for the mold industry.
“This is a big day for NORMI,” said Doug Hoffman, Executive Director. “Since 2004 NORMI has provided direction for great training through its strategic partners in the areas of assessment and remediation for mold contaminated properties. As a certifying agency, the NORMI standards for conduct and professionalism have allowed it to be included in stakeholders for those states who have or are considering mold licensure. This recognition assures the NORMI members and those interested in being a part of our organization the kind of credibility they deserve in a field where competency is critical to the health and welfare of the public.”
“This examination is not easy,” reported Wenford Taylor, Senior Trainer. “Even with the years of experience I have in the field, the State of Florida requires a high level of competency, field knowledge and a comprehensive understanding of this dynamic industry. I recommend the student take a refresher course before sitting for this exam. Though not required to take the exam, current training in the areas of moisture and moisture control, protocol writing and remediation techniques will definitely help.”
NORMI will be offering the two-hour proctored exam at various locations throughout the state for those who are interested in being licensed. Application for examination may be made through the NORMI Examinations link at its homepage (www.NORMI.org) but candidates for licensure must then meet the State of Florida requirements which include a background check and field experience. NORMI Certification automatically follows successful passing of the examination(s) but licensure is not guaranteed as that decision is left entirely to the state for which licensure is requested.
The website at www.NORMI.org will be changed shortly to reflect the criteria to challenge the examination but for more information on the NORMI Examination, call 877.251.2296 or email support@NORMI.org For verification of State approval see FLORIDA DBPR Examinations