Industrial Hygienist Mold Inspectors
Certified mold inspectors play a pivotal role in the protection of residential and commercial properties. Building old and new can experience toxic fungal infestation in the form of indoor mold. Mold remediation may be needed for many reasons including chronic water damage leakage, flooding, high moisture levels, burst pipes, and poor irrigation systems. Certified mold inspectors are able to determine where potentially dangerous mold are lurking in the home or office as well as pinpoint the exact type of fungus that has colonized the affected area.
Certified mold inspectors are highly trained professionals who possess credentials that must be earned by extensive learning and experience on the job. Some common certifications include, but are not limited to:
- Association of Professional Industrial Hygienists (APIH)
- American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH)
- Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)
- National Association of Mold Professionals (NAMP)
- Mold Inspection Consulting and Remediation Organization (MICRO)
When hiring a certified mold inspector, be sure their credentials are compatible with the regulations of the city and state locations the project will take place in. Along with obtaining training and certification, certified mold inspectors must also be licensed to perform testing within the state they operate.
The job of a mold inspector is to locate toxic fungal growth in a property while determining the species of mold that has caused the infestation. Certified mold inspectors will often work in conjunction with home and commercial property inspectors when a property is for sale. Other reasons for inspection include visible mold growth, depleted indoor air quality, and health symptoms caused by exposure to mold.
In order to triangulate the position of mold growth in a residential or commercial property, mold inspectors will have to search every corner thoroughly. This includes air tests, swabbing of surfaces, and even deconstructing areas by removing drywall, insulation, carpeting, tiles, wood, or plaster. After the inspector collects samples of affected areas, lab tests will determine the types of mold present in the home or office as well as the severity of the infestation.
Property owners needing residential or commercial mold remediation are urged to utilize a certified mold inspector for pre and post-testing. Mold remediation companies that offer their own testing create an inherent conflict of interest within the project. By hiring an independent third party with no affiliation to the mold remediation company, the consumer’s interests are protected when test results are delivered.