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Mould remediation draft standard seeks industry input

A draft standard on the principles of mould remediation in Australia is seeking feedback from the restoration industry.

The document was announced at the Jena Dyco Restoration Conference and Expo last week, by Jeremy Stamkos, principal consultant of Melbourne-based environmental consultancy Eronmor, who is spearheading the local initiative.

The document is designed to provide the insurance and restoration industry with a concise summary of proper and acceptable mould remediation practices in line with other related international guidelines and standards, as well as Australian industry consensus.

The paper currently lists nine mould remediation principles including the identification of mould, exposure prevention, cause rectification, containment, source removal, cleaning, structural drying and post remediation and verification.

“I wanted to summarise the principles of mould remediation into a very clear and concise document as much as a I possibly could,” Stamkos said at the Jena Dyco Conference and Expo.

“It’s not a ‘how to do’ remediation, it’s the principles of remediation.”

Stamkos is now seeking industry feedback as well as the support of industry organisations and associations “to accept the paper as best practice”.

“The industry desperately needs some sort of local guidance,” Stamkos said.

“The industry is running a bit rife and if we have a consensus document, it will hopefully lead to the development of an Australian standard, and perhaps even more longer term – regulation or legislation – but we have to start somewhere.”

Jenny Boymal, managing director of Jena Dyco International, said the restoration and remediation industry needs consistency.

“As an industry we’re trying to raise the bar and present as a professional industry but the way some do work is entirely inconsistent with each other. There has got to be some sort of consistency.”

For more information or to provide feedback contact Jeremy@eronmor.com before July 1, 2017

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