Northwood NH, March 29, 2013: RPF Environmental, Inc. (RPF) assisted the NH Lung Association's Mold
Task Force with the development of a new mold contamination guideline,
the Standard of Care for the New Hampshire Mold Industry - A Guide for
Citizens Affected by Mold and Moisture in New Hampshire Buildings. The
guideline creates a standard of care for building owners and the mold
remediation industry. This is crucial considering the lack of federal
and state regulations pertaining to the proper handling and cleanup of
mold contamination in homes and other buildings.
In 2008, a group of New Hampshire Legislators, business leaders, and heath
administrators came together with the same concern: there are currently
no laws in place to protect the citizens of NH when it comes to mold and
poor indoor air quality. The most recent NH legislative effort to provide
regulation of mold remediation in 2009, House Bill 4821, did not pass,
losing by just one vote. Not ready to give up, the group approached the
lawmakers involved, who suggested that the group form a "Mold Task
Force," with the goal of creating a Standard of Care for the NH Mold
Industry. The New Hampshire Mold Task Force was formed, and the group
spent the next several months creating what is now this document. The
goal of this Standard of Care is to provide information to the citizens
of NH not only about the causes of indoor mold, the possible health risks,
and prevention measures, but also about the Mold Industry in general,
including best practices and tips for hiring consultants and contractors.
This is a first step in educating and protecting the public on the issues
related to mold in NH.
Dennis N. Francoeur Jr. of RPF Environmental, an ABIH Certified Industrial
Hygienist, participated in this effort as NH Mold Task force Member. The
process included meetings with various stakeholders from across NH and
a review of regulations and policies from other states across the country.
RPF's experiences with investigations, solutions and legal actions
were provided to the group as the Standard of Care was developed, balancing
technical and economic drivers on the topic.
With offices in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts, RPF provides indoor
air quality and mold contamination assessments; hazardous material testing;
OSHA and EPA regulatory compliance services; and site inspections for
asbestos, lead-based paint, PCBs and other environmental hazards. In addition,
the RPF professional development group provides corporate health and safety
training programs for clients throughout New England. Visit their web
site at www.airpf.com or call (603) 942-5432 for more information.