Mold Remediation – Part 3 Testing Labs

June 6, 2008 at 7:06 am 1 comment

In my previous 2 posts on this subject I have laid out a fairly complete plan for dealing with this type of problem. There are a couple of areas where you could be tripped up in this process however.

The first is getting the areas tested by a reputable lab and the other is understanding the results and how that determines the overall scope of work.

Hiring a reputable lab is very important as it will determine the overall success of the remediation and have a direct influence on the total cost of the project. The method that I generally suggest is that you hire a firm with a certified Industrial Hygienist either as principal or on staff who will be developing and certifying the results and the scope of work for the remediation.

Here are three organizations who certify and list consultants in your area:

ABIH: http://www.abih.org/

ACGIH: http://www.acgih.org/home.htm

AIHA: http://www.aiha.org/Content

It is also helpful to ask for referrals from other facility professionals and always ask for references from the lab and make sure you call several of them. Ask about overall service, timeliness, and how comfortable they were with the explanations provided about why their particular scope of work was required. Also the testing lab should always be separate from the remediation contractor as they are the equivalent to the building inspector for this process and anything other than a separate firm would make me worry.

Lastly for today make sure that the report is explained to you and that you understand all that is being asked for in the scope of work, keep asking questions of the hygienist until you are completely clear.

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