Kentucky’s new administrative regulation for mold remediation

Mold remediation
Kentucky’s new administrative regulation for mold remediation went into effect on December 7, 2012. The text of the regulation is available online.

Keep these tips in mind!
LEARN MORE ABOUT MOLD. Check these websites to get started:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency;
Kentucky Cabinet for Health & Family Services;
Kentucky Division for Air Quality.

A MOLD PROBLEM IS A MOISTURE PROBLEM: Mold spores are everywhere. If mold has grown somewhere in your home or building, it is a sign of excess moisture. IF YOU DO NOT FIX YOUR MOISTURE PROBLEM, YOUR MOLD PROBLEM WILL RETURN. To identify and fix your moisture problem, you may need an expert in one or more of the following areas: plumbing, HVAC, construction, drainage, etc.

AN INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROFESSIONAL (OR IEP) CAN HELP YOU determine what problems lead to mold in your building. Many experts recommend consulting an independent IEP prior to mold remediation, especially if there are health concerns, if immune compromised individuals are present, or if the source of mold or moisture is unknown. To learn more about IEPs, check out “Read This About Indoor Environmental Professionals Before You Sign A Contract” (Form MRC-2), available from our Business registration forms page.

OCCUPANTS SHOULD BE PROTECTED: Ask your mold remediation company what methods will be used to protect the occupants of the structure. Often, a containment system will be required to make sure that mold particles are not spread throughout the structure as materials are removed and decontaminated.

SOME MOLD PROBLEMS CAN BE CLEANED UP BY HOMEOWNERS THEMSELVES: See the EPA’s “A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home” and the websites shown above for more information.

A REPUTABLE MOLD REMEDIATION COMPANY SHOULD CARRY INSURANCE: Ask your mold remediation company if it carries insurance. Reliable remediation companies should have general business liability and pollution insurance to protect you in case of a claim later.
A REPUTABLE MOLD REMEDIATION COMPANY SHOULD HAVE TRAINING: There are no state administrative regulations providing for certification of mold remediation companies, so choose your mold remediation company carefully. Ask your mold remediation company for information about the training, education, and experience of its owners and employees to perform mold remediation in a professional and workmanlike manner.

MOLD SHOULD BE REMOVED AT ITS SOURCE, rather than merely painted or sealed over or killed with bleach or other chemicals.

CHECK OUT THE MOLD REMEDIATION COMPANY: Ask for references, research the company, and check for complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau, Federal Trade Commission, and the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office of Consumer Protection.

COMPLAINTS MAY BE FILED WITH THE KENTUCKY ATTORNEY GENERAL: Fill out a complaint, or call 1-888-432-9257.
The mold remediation regulation is based on principles established by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) (see Standard ANSI/IICRC S520)