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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
Wednesday, October 28th, 2015
NORMI, The National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors announced today that their first licensure class for the State of New York Labor Law has been set for 12/01-04 in Syracuse, NY at the offices of CleanTec Enterprises. The flyer for this class has been emailed to prospective students and the class details have been posted on the Best Training School website on a special page for the New York Labor Law. NORMI has been approved as MTP-005
“We are very excited about our class because we take a very unique approach to this industry,” said Doug Hoffman, Executive Director of NORMI. “We believe assessors must know what remediators do and remediators must know what assessors do so we train them in the same classroom. In the case of the New York license, the Assessor needs 32 hours, the Remediation Contractor needs 24 hours and the Abatement Worker needs 16 hours before applying for licensure. The first day we have only assessors, then the remediation contractors join us the second day and we have all three disciplines the third and fourth day. It maximizes our ability to teach a singular message and a group of mold professionals who need to know how to work together!” The curriculum for each discipline is listed at Best Training School.
NORMI has been training mold professionals since 2004 when Louisiana established the first licensing law for remediators and since that time has become an approved training provider for Louisiana, Florida and now New York. Other states are moving toward licensure and initial training is almost always included in the requirements. “There are some organizations in the marketplace that tout the fact they don’t require training for certification but that ignores the dynamic nature of the industry and the importance of professionals staying up with the techniques and equipment changes,” said Lance Eisen, COO of NORMI. “Fortunately the states are seeing the need for basic training AND experience. It just doesn’t make sense to hold a license holder responsible for a law he’s not been trained in so these legislatures are moving in the right direction! We’re glad they are seeing the needs in the industry.”
“The mold industry has been riddled with ‘fly-by-night’ operators who decided they could make a lot of money at the owner’s expense,” said Linda Eicher, BTS National Training Director. “Requiring a license is the direction each state should take, not for the purpose of telling mold professionals how to do their job any more than they should tell a surgeon how to perform surgery, but to regulate the bad guys and get them out of the industry. That’s the best way to protect the public.”
NORMI has been involved in the legislative process for many years and served as a stake holder for multiple states in their process of establishing guidelines and standards of practice. For more information on the New York Labor Law or other state requirements, see our website at www.NORMI.org or call 877.251.2296
Friday, October 16th, 2015
October 16, 2015
Abita Springs, LA
NORMI, the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors, has been approved as a training provider under the New York State Labor Law and will shortly begin holding classes in the State of New York for Mold Assessor, Mold Remediation Contractor and Mold Abatement Work (MTP-005). Required training for licensure includes 32 hours of classroom training for Mold Assessor, 24 hours of classroom training for Mold Remediation Contractor and 16 hours of classroom training for Mold Abatement Worker.
“The mold industry has been plagued with charlatans who have taken advantage of the public,” reported Doug Hoffman, Executive Director of NORMI. “We are excited to be a part of these efforts to regulate this industry. We are pleased that New York has seen the need for training to enhance the quality of the work because it insures that mold professionals are kept up to date with the latest techniques and technologies.”
Listed on the New Department of Labor website as an Approved Mold Training Provider, NORMI continues to build its training team by providing high quality onsite and online courses in IAQ (indoor air quality) and, specifically, mold. Offering over thirteen (13) certifications, NORMI promotes the concept of healthier living through solution-based training.
“We are very excited that New York is including training and an approved proctored exam for each certification,” said Linda Eicher, National Training Director, “because that insures the public that those licensed in the State actually know what they’re doing. NORMI prides itself in connecting professionals to our association so the active members are current in their certifications and training. You can always find a well-trained professional at www.NORMIPro.com.”
NORMI partners with local businesses to provide ONSITE training with individual companies or for the public to meet the applicable state law. Training partners, like Best Training School, are using the following designations for the NORMI Approved New York license classes: NYMA (NY Mold Assessor), NYRC (NY Mold Remediation Contractor and NYAW (NY Mold Abatement Worker). For more information, call 877.251.2296 x 833 Become a part of NORMI at www.Join.NORMI.org