Posts Tagged ‘Florida’

NORMI Knows Mold

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

September 22, 2017

Abita Springs, LA

Doug Hoffman, Executive Director of NORMI, the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors, held a FREE public seminar in Treasure Island, FL on Wednesday night helping property owners understand how to protect themselves for the health problems associated with mold.  Prior to the seminar, Fox 13 News Tampa Bay interviewed Mr. Hoffman because he is an expert on the subject in Florida to train mold professionals who would like to be licensed in Florida as either a Mold Assessor or Mold Remediator.

“Property owners are, and should be, concerned about the possibility of mold growth proliferating after an event like Hurricane Harvey or Hurricane Irma.  We don’t take the concern lightly and understand that there is a lot of misinformation on the Internet regarding this subject,” said Doug Hoffman, CEO and Executive Director of NORMI.  “We started training a year before Katrina in the New Orleans area and when Katrina devastated Louisiana, we were right there training professionals and holding free seminars for the public.  It’s what we do and people need to know the truth about the problem and how to clean it up.  Protecting themselves as either a homeowner or a volunteer is one of the most important things they can learn from this event.”

NORMI is an approved training provider for the State of Florida and offers an array of training programs for mold professionals through Best Training School.  Classes are now scheduled in Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa to prepare mold professionals for the state proctored examination which is offered at the close of each class.

For the public, NORMI provides a wealth of DIY (do-it-yourself) resources as well as access to well-trained and certified professionals who can correctly kind the property owner through the maze toward a cleaner and healthier indoor environment.

For more information go to www.NORMI.org or contact NORMI at support@normi.org or call 877.251.2296   For training information, find course programs, training schedule and the exam schedule at www.BestTrainingSchool.com

Dr. Oz Recommends Certification/Licensing for Mold Professionals

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.

HomeAdvisor 2015 “Best of HomeAdvisor Award”

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.

FLORIDA Approves NORMI Assessor and Remediator Examinations for Licensure

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

 

NORMI Schedules Mold Classes in Pennsylvania

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

 

Abita Springs, 08/02/2011

NORMI, the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors, announced today that mold classes have been scheduled in Pennsylvania to meet the new Commonwealth of Virginia DPOR Mold Licensing Law and give Pennsylvania mold professionals the training and credibility they need to succeed in the marketplace. The classes will be held at Schaper’s Supply in Philadelphia, PA on 09/27-29/11 and include the 16 hour Mold Worker, 24 hour Mold Remediator Supervisor and 24 hour Mold Inspector courses. Each course offers a proctored examination at the end of the final day and provides the needed paperwork to secure Virginia licensing. NORMI was approved in July as a training provider for the Virginia Mold Licensing law as well as Louisiana and Florida and is scheduling classes throughout the eastern seaboard to meet these licensing requirements.

“We are excited to be able to offer a regional training in Pennsylvania,” said Doug Hoffman, CEO of NORMI. “Training is essential for mold professionals who want to do it right and the public will be protected when they hire a NORMI pro! Our goal is to train as many professionals who want to enter this industry or expand their knowledge to include a better understanding of the IICRC, NYC Guidelines and EPA standards. This is a great opportunity for all mold professionals who want to perfect their craft!”

Classes are listed at www.BestTrainingSchool.com where students can register with a small down payment or call 888.856.4803 to register by phone. A fax registration is also available at the online registration website. For more information about NORMI, contact 877.251.2296 or email support@normi.org

NORMI Approved for FL Home Inspector Board Training

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Abita Springs, LA 05/16/11

Effective immediately, NORMI, the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors, has been approved as a State Training Provider for the Florida DBPR (Department of Business and Professional Regulation) Home Inspectors Board. This will enable NORMI to begin offering building science, mold inspection and other types of courses specifically designed to help home inspectors be more effective in their analysis of building problems.

“This is a big day for NORMI,” said Executive Director Doug Hoffman, “because we have continued to grow our credibility every time a government board recognizes the value of what we do. There is no ‘national credibility board’ and so it is important for us when States like Florida approve our training and certification. It’s why we are able to then pass on our credibility to our members who need to set themselves apart from all the guys in the marketplace who are NOT certified, trained or licensed.”

The Florida Home Inspector Board was formed in July, 2010 to facilitate the licensing of Home Inspectors in the State of Florida. There are now specific requirements in place to assure that those who are representing themselves are “qualified” have, in fact, met insurance, training, experience and certification requirements. Though there was an effort to deregulate this industry, the legislation stands and Home Inspectors must now take continuing education credits every two years to keep their licensing current.

For more information on NORMI, email support@normi.org or call 877.251.2296. For classes which might qualify for CEUs, go to www.BestTrainingSchool.com or call 888.856.4803

FLORIDA HB 5007 Passes the House

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Abita Springs, LA

NORMI, the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors, announced today that a very important step in the direction of changing the current Mold-Related Services Licensing Law was taken in Tallahassee by the House of Representatives passing legislation that would deregulate 14 businesses, professions and occupations. The bill passed along party lines with a 77-38 roll call vote and Republicans touted it as a victory for the consumer and businessman while Democrats complained that this type of deregulation puts the public at risk.

The bill deregulates sports agents; auctioneers; sellers of business opportunities; charitable organizations; hair braiders; dance studios; health studios; instra-state movers; sellers of travel; travel agents; telemarketing; and yacht brokers. Those in the mold industry successfully lobbied to have the Mold-Related Services Licensing Law removed from this bill and legislators introduced another bill, HB 5007 that would not deregulate but revise the existing law which went into effect July 1, 2010.

“It is our opinion that deregulation was not the route to take,” said NORMI Executive Director Doug Hoffman, “but we do believe that a ‘tweaking’ of the current law would enhance the ability of mold professionals to do their work more efficiently. Though we are still looking closely at HB 5007, it appears to benefit the profession while continuing to protect the public from unscrupulous assessors and remediators who have plagued this profession for years. We are pleased that the law was not completely repealed and Florida seems to be setting standard that, in our opinion, could and should be accepted by other states.”

The House also voted 80-38 passing HB 5007 that would reduce penalties for violating business regulations and modifying various regulations including a reduction in licensing, examination and training for mold assessors and remediators. Rep. Franklin Sands, D-Weston, argued, “people will die” because of the mold changes. He went on to say, “The charlatans and the scammers are going to move to Florida to be in the mold and mildew business.”

According to legislative experts, the bill’s prospects are uncertain when it goes to the Senate because no similar legislation has been filed there as yet.

NORMI was established on July 4, 2004 to provide training and certification for mold professionals throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. NORMI is also an approved Training Provider for the Mold-Related Services Board (#0003605) and CILB (#050148598) under the DBPR in the State of Florida. For more information on training programs, certification processes, or mold, in general, you may contact NORMI at 877.251.2296 or contact support@normi.org

Chinese/Contaminated Drywall Fix Unveiled–Remediate Correctly

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

REPRINT from News Press, Ft. Myers, FL (Dick Hogan)

A national mold remediation trade organization was in Fort Myers on Thursday demonstrating a Chinese drywall fix that carries a 10-year warranty and follow-up visits to ensure the hardy bacteria that cause air quality problems are gone for good.

The drywall, imported from China mostly between 2004 and 2008, emits sulfur compounds that corrode air conditioning coils, electrical wiring and numerous other metal items. Residents claim health symptoms ranging from nosebleeds to respiratory problems.

Almost 1,400 Lee County homeowners have reported to the property appraiser’s office that they have defective drywall.

Experts disagree on exactly what causes it, but many builders remove the drywall, strip a house down to the studs and use a powerful vacuum to get rid of any remaining dust.

The Abita Springs, La.-based National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors developed its procedures to give homeowners some assurance that they can get long-term relief, said Doug Hoffman, executive director of the organization.

“Prognosis without diagnosis is malpractice,” said Hoffman, who is one of the instructors at classes his group is giving around the state to introduce the program.

About a dozen state-licensed mold remediators and building contractors got instructions in such arcane topics as preserving enough of the drywall as legal evidence so that the homeowner won’t be precluded from suing the builder or drywall manufacturer.

“It’s not cheap,” Hoffman said – $86 to $96 per square foot for spraying a biocide formulated to penetrate walls and kill the bacteria that cause the problem, then ripping out all the bad drywall, vacuuming out all the possibly contaminated dust and retreating with the biocide.

After that, he said, the drywall remediator does annual checkups and puts a monitor that records temperature and humidity to make sure the homeowner doesn’t leave the house without air conditioning – a sure way to trigger a relapse.

“It loves moisture,” Hoffman said. “Anytime you have moisture in the environment, you’ve got a problem.”

Della White, co-owner of Fort Myers-based Environmental Services Group, said she thinks the training and certification will make the process of drywall remediation more certain for homeowners and the people doing the work.

“I think it’s going to provide us with a path to follow,” she said.

For more information on training go to www.BestTrainingSchool.com/cdw.php and register for an upcoming class in your area or call the NORMI Hotline 877.251.2296×8911

Letter from the Editor on Chinese Drywall Training

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

“We have been studying the Contaminated Drywall issue (formally referred to as ‘Chinese Drywall’, ‘Defective Drywall’, ‘Imported Drywall’ and ‘Corrosive Drywall’) for nearly two years. Our team of expert researchers, engineers, construction professionals, microbiologists and remediation specialists started in the summer of 2008 when clients first called NORMI looking for solutions. There has been a lot of ‘misinformation’ dispensed and ‘gimmickry’ solutions offered to address these problems but finally, we have found the solution and are proud to partner with Best Training School to train professionals on the assessment and remediation of Contaminated Drywall (CDW).

The problem first required intense scrutiny and investigation through a variety of disciplines. We have looked at the building science aspects of the problem, IICRC S-520 and NYC Guidelines for potential mitigation/remediation solutions, microbiological analysis utilizing DNA sampling and straight microscopy to help us identify a more holistic approach to the problem and relied on our intense construction background to propose a solution. But that wasn’t enough! Once you have a proposed solution, a mitigation/remediation protocol that works, how can you find someone who is well-trained AND insured to actually perform the work?

Now we have accomplished our purposes: provide a program that really 1) identifies the problem, through proper assessment, 2) effectively removes the source of the problem, through remediation protocols that are holistic, effective and specific to the unique job and 3) provides the customer with a guarantee that the problems WILL NOT return, a warranty aspect absent from many proposed solutions.

Well-trained, highly skilled, licensed and insured professionals for assessment AND remediation with protocols that work—come see for yourself at the next Best Training School CDW Certification class near you!” Doug Hoffman–Executive Director of NORMI

THE MITIGATION/REMEDIATION TRAINING
The NORMI Certified CDW Remediator (CCDWR)—The NORMI Certified CDW Remediator is a fully licensed and insured construction professional who has met the stringent requirements associated with the mold remediation certification (NORMI Certified Mold Remediator) also offered by NORMI. Having been trained in the standard remediation protocols (IICRC S-500, IICRC S-520, NYC Guidelines, EPA, and others) the NORMI Certified CDWR fully understands how modifying existing cleaning, restoration, mitigation and remediation techniques accomplishes the overall goals of contaminated drywall mitigation/remediation. When implementing contaminated drywall mitigation/remediation the utilization of proper containment, establishing negative pressure, use of Personal Protection Equipment and chemical/mechanical sanitization techniques are vital to the successful project. The NORMI CDWR attends this training with a rich background of training and experience so projects can be initiated immediately upon completion of the course. Requires 1-Day Training (8 hours)

The ASSESSMENT TRAINING
The NORMI Certified CDW Assessor (CCDWA)—The NORMI Certified CDW Assessor is a fully licensed and insured professional trained in all aspects of IAQ-related and CDW assessment because, first and foremost, the issues related to corrosive drywall are indoor air quality problems. The “rotten-egg odors”, the VOCs, relative humidity anomalies, and surface contamination all affect indoor air quality and must, therefore, be fixed and continually managed. The assessment process identifies those factors contributing to the symptoms in that specific and unique project then proposes protocols that mitigate or remediate the problem. The solutions are specifically tailored to match the design, construction and nature of the problem. In some cases the contaminated drywall is asymptomatic and requires only the installation of IAQ management techniques, light mitigation and/or containment. In other cases, removal of the contaminated drywall is in order. Rather than taking a “let’s kill the flea with an elephant gun” approach, the NORMI Certified CDWA is trained to match the solution with the problem. There will be no “unnecessary” redundancy just to cover up or mask the problems. The problems are identified and protocols written to solve the problem at its source. Requires 2-Day Training (16 hours)

THE HEALTHIER HOME WARRANTY
The NORMI Healthier Home Warranty is the goal of all mitigation/remediation projects. A home that has been properly assessed and remediated qualifies for the ongoing warranty which guarantees to the homeowner, the problems were solved. Upon completion of the project the homeowner is presented with a NORMI Certificate of Sanitization as a third-party confirmation that all protocols were followed resulting in a post remediation verification that all levels of IAQ are in “expected/normal” ranges. The NORMI Certificate of Sanitization then becomes the basis for the ongoing warranty. Should the homeowner elect to continue this warranty, an annual compliance review is scheduled and ongoing IAQ management through IAQ monitoring and maintenance is implemented.

For more information on how this training and solution could help you, call the NORMI CDW Hotline at 877.251.2296 x 8911 or email support@normi.org Classes now being offered at www.BestTrainingSchool.com/cdw.php

CHINESE DRYWALL LITIGATION

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

June 24, 2010

In the last few weeks judges in Louisiana and Florida are adjudicating drywall cases and finding in favor of the plaintiffs. What this means to the industry could be significant, of course, but what it means to the plaintiff is, in our opinion, more significant—BECAUSE there is no contractor who can do the work with the proper insurance. That’s a problem!

“A Florida family has been awarded $2.46 million in the first Chinese drywall lawsuit to be heard by a jury. The decision was seen by some as a ‘bellwether’ case, which could forecast how other juries may respond to similar evidence that will be presented in other trials over Chinese drywall that has caused problems for homeowners throughout the United States.”

“Earlier this year in the Federal MDL, Judge Fallon awarded $164,000 to a Louisiana family that filed a Chinese drywall lawsuit against Knauf. The ruling equated to about $81 per square foot. Since that ruling, Knauf has begun seeking settlements with U.S. builders who bought their drywall.”

“Judge Fallon has also issued a ruling that awarded $2.6 million to seven Virginia families who filed a lawsuit against China-based Taishan Gypsum Co. over drywall problems. However, it is unclear how the families will collect, since China does not acknowledge civil lawsuit judgments in the U.S., and the company did not send a representative to court to answer the charges.”

So, here are the problems: 1) how many appeals will be filed to slow down the payback process, 2) how are they going to collect from the defendants, if they even will, and 3) if they can get the work down for the awarded amount, WHO is insured to do the work and what protocol will they follow?

The first two questions are, of course, the most difficult. We are dealing with an international community (so political pressures are great) and a country (China) to whom we are incredibly indebted (according to U.S. treasury nearly $755.4 billion at last year’s end). There is little doubt that the plaintiffs are in for a very long fight.

The third question, however, is being addressed by NORMIPro Management (www.NORMIProMgmt.com) and its team of experts. With engineers, IAQ specialists, laboratories, Remediators, assessors, and insurance professionals on board, NORMIPro Management will soon introduce solutions that could give hope to the plaintiffs in two areas: 1) that they will be able to do the work for less that the amount of money they’ve been awarded and, 2) that those who do the work will have the proper insurance.

The third piece of the NORMIPro Management package that may be in place shortly is an insured guarantee that the problems will be solved and solved permanently. Following proper IAQ Management techniques and the NORMI Sanitization Protocol, which helped hundreds of homeowners following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, these Chinese Drywall issues can be resolved and resolved permanently.

There is hope for the victims of Chinese Drywall and it may not be in the court system. This hope may soon find its way into the marketplace…where it should be!