Under current law, mold remediators must have an associates’ degree with 30 credit hours of microbiology, industrial hygiene or some other related science or a high school diploma and at least four years experience working for a licensed professional and pass a test before being eligible for a license.
The House proposal does away with all of the educational requirements and allows anyone with a high school degree who passes the test to remove mold from buildings and residences. It also scraps the current requirement that mold assessors and remediators be trained in water, mold and respiratory protection.
“Are they just going to dump bleach all over the place and hope for the best?” asked Rep. Irv Slosberg, D-Boca Raton.
But House Speaker Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, called the deregulation proposals a balance.
“If government’s going to step in and regulate something to try and prevent wrongful behavior, whether it’s deceptive practices by a marketer or anything else, there’s a balance between the burden that places on men and women trying to do business and the evil you’re trying to prevent,” he said. “There is no perfect balance.”