Steps for Mold Remediation
First one has to understand that “mold is not mold”. What is meant by this, is that Eppicocum is treated differently than Penicillum. Mold is part of the natural environment. Some molds are common molds while others have the potential to be harmful and toxic and these are treated differently. Therefore, mold should be treated as an environmental hazard and safety issue. When one is dealing with a safety issue with any hazard weather it is chemical, ergonomic, fire or a mold problem, there are steps which should be taken. These steps are to identify and quantify the extend of the issue, determine the plan of remediation, remediate the problem and lastly verify that the remediation was successful. Although there are emergency situations which cause for some steps to be skipped, this formula should be followed by a majority of saftey situations.
First Step: Identify and quantify the mold problem. If one does not know what type of mold they have or how much of the mold is there, the proper protocol can NOT be determined. It is important to understand that “mold is not mold”. Medium Ascospores are remediated differently than medium Aspergillus. Low Aspergillus is remediated differently than high Aspergillus. Once the mold has been identified and quantified, only then can the proper protocol be written. To avoid a conflict of interest, it is recommended that an independent third party be used to identify and quantify the mold contamination. One should use an Industrial Hygienist or an experienced Certified Mold Inspector. (See MIAQ mold inspector list)
Second Step: Determine the plan of remediation. There is only 1 protocol to correct a mold problem. This protocol cannot be determined until one knows what and how much mold there is. One can guess what should be done, but that is what it is, a guess. Companies that do remediation without a written third party protocol (minus unique circumstances) are not following the IICRC manual and recommended industry standards.
Third Step: Remediate the mold problem. One should use an experienced “certified” mold remediation firm once the issue has been identified, quantified and a protocol has been written. Not all firms have the experience to properly handle, contain and remediate the mold properly. One should do their due diligence during the process of selecting a mold remediation firm. MIAQ remediation firms have vetted and they are a good place to start.
Fourth Step: Verify the remediation was successful. Once the remediation has been complete, one should have post remediation clearance done by an independent third party. (Preferably an Industrial Hygienist or an experienced Certified Mold Inspector) (See MIAQ mold inspector list) Just because it looks like it was done properly, does not mean that the mold has been thoroughly remediated. Having an independent third party inspect and sample as necessary will assure that the job was done correctly.
These are the proper steps which should be taken if one suspects there is a mold issue. All though there are no regulations for mold, there are industry standards which should be followed. The steps outlined above are not only safety procedures one can follow when dealing with any safety issue, they also encompass industry standards for mold remediation. If one follows these steps, they should feel safe that their mold issue has been remediated properly.