The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) Mold Remediation S502 Guidelines are an extremely comprehensive source. They describe mold, mold issues, and detail on how to perform mold removal. While the New York Health Department and the EPA Guidelines are available free online, they come up short in their specifics on all questions and topics related to mold and mold removal. The IICRC’s Guidelines are so well regarded, that most, if not all Certified Industrial Hygienists use these guidelines for their recommendations on mold damage clean up.

If a residential or commercial property has possible signs of mold growth, here are some suggestions. First, it is advisable to follow the IICRC S502 Guidelines due to the fact that Certified Industrial Hygienists use these guidelines in their reports. Second, although there are companies who claim to be mold testers, Certified Industrial Hygienist are the only “mold testing” professionals whose reports will pass in most federal and local court systems. (Certified Industrial Hygienists are Scientists with scientific degrees versus someone who has a certificate from a mold testing school or certified mold lab.) Third, be sure to hire a company that has experience with mold removal and preferably is certified by the IICRC. These suggestions are so important because of the health risks and legal liability that you could be confronted with!