Toxic Mold Protection Act Introduced in California Permissible exposure limits, identification and remediation addressed. Legislation that could result in the establishment of permissible mold exposure limits (if feasible) and standards for identification and remediation of toxic molds has been revised in the California state Senate Appropriations Committee.

Introduced by Sen. Debra Ortiz Feb. 23, the Toxic Mold Protection Act would also require written disclosure regarding mold presence in excess of those limits from any person who sells or rents residential, commercial or industrial property, or a public entity that owns, leases or operates a building. That is, provided that entity knows or has reasonable cause to believe mold is or has been present.

The bill also requires that mold identification standards be set and building rating criteria developed.

Remediation provisions call for: maximum protection of individuals from adverse health effects; remove/clean contaminated materials in a manner than prevents emission of mold spores and contaminated dust from leaving a work area and entering an occupied or nonabatment area and protecting the health of workers performing the abatement.

Important to the industry, specifics will include dissemination of information including a list of contractors certified to engage in mold remediation work.

The American Indoor Air Quality Council (AIAQC), Los Angeles chapter, will focus on SB 732 in its quarterly workshop.