Requires DCA to establish standards concerning mold hazards in residential building interiors and school facilities, certification programs for mold inspectors and mold hazard abatement workers.

NJEA supports A-1588 (Benson, Riley, Wagner, Ramos).  This bill would require the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) to establish a mold abatement certification program for inspectors and mold removal workers.  Under the bill, DCA would also be required to establish standards on mold hazards.

Each year, many New Jersey schools are forced to close school or delay openings due to the discovery of mold in classrooms.  While most people are not affected by mold, the spores of some molds can cause a wide range of respiratory effects, including allergies, asthma development and exacerbation, respiratory infections and bronchitis. Both asthma and bronchitis may have symptoms of shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing. People with asthma or sinusitis and those already allergic to mold are most at risk, but other people can develop allergies or asthma and suffer other effects. In addition, mold may cause eye and skin irritation.

It is important that mold is removed quickly and properly.  If this is not done, more significant damage to interior structures can occur, requiring extensive reconstruction.  

A-1588 is a good step in the right direction toward protecting New Jersey students, school employees, and residents from the negative impacts of mold in both classrooms and residential buildings.

NJEA urges your support of this bill.