Air Date: 6-3-2011|Episode 210
David E. Dick, Executive Director for the Virginia Board for Asbestos, Lead and Mold…
David E. Dick, Executive Director for the Virginia Board ofor Asbestos, Lead and Mold, joins us this week. We have often found government officials unwilling to be interviewed on our radio program. Today things were refreshingly different, when David E. Dick, Executive Director of the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation discussed his state’s new mold licensing regulation with IAQradio listeners.
Virginia Mold Regulation
Radio Joe and I have often found government officials unwilling to be interviewed on our radio program. Today things were refreshingly different, when David E. Dick, Executive Director of the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation discussed his state’s new mold licensing regulation with IAQradio listeners.
Our guest explained that a law and a regulation are different. In the Commonwealth of Virginia a law results from an act of the General Assembly and is approved by the governor empowering the Board for Asbestos, Lead, Mold and Home Inspectors to take specific action and develop a regulation. During drafting of the regulation, the public has the opportunity for input into the development of actual regulation. In a public process, a group composed of individuals drawn from the Asbestos, Lead-Based Paint Abatement and Home Inspector industries as well as from the Mold industry, two two citizen members that do not come from any of the regulated industries along with regulators crafted the regulation following the Virginia Administrative Process Act.
The VA mold bill began when Representative Daniel Marshall put forward House Bill 2032 in 2009 in order to protect public health, safety and welfare.
Mold licensing becomes effective on July 1, 2011.
While mold inspectors, mold remediation workers and mold remediation supervisors are covered by the regulation, there are exemptions to the licensing requirement.
Virginia will accept mold licenses from other states having equally rigorous requirements.
There will likely be an advantage for applicants who are members of a national or state mold remediation organization.
There is no requirement in the mold regulation for “mold insurance”.
The regulation has “conflict of interest” provisions.
Two separate licenses, Inspector and Supervisor are needed to perform all activities.
The goal of the regulation is to have licensees willingly comply. If and when need be, the VA Compliance Investigation Division will deal with violators and the unlicensed. In VA it is a criminal act and Class 1 misdemeanor to perform unlicensed activities.
The board is getting the word out about the regulation by contacting state and national indoor environmental associations, contacting individuals and organizations who have expressed an interest, making presentations at gatherings and events, etc.
The board wants individuals and firms to comply as quickly as possible.
Virginia is accepting mold licensing applications NOW.
Please read and understand the regulation before you apply!
FYI, IAQradio strictly adheres to a non-ambush policy. In order to educate or listeners we provide our guests with questions and discussion points in advance.
Today’s music: Regulation Blues by Jake Amerding
Z-Man signing off