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Mold Remediation & Certification Laws Map

Concern about mold in buildings and homes increased in the United States in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy. Mold is a known allergen and can cause health issues, including mycotoxin poisoning and a range of respiratory ailments. As a naturally occurring irritant, there is great debate about the best means to safely remove mold. In order to protect the public against dishonest and unskilled contractors, a growing number of states have enacted legislation requiring training, certification and other regulations of those engaged in the business of mold remediation. This dataset explores state mold remediation laws and the training and certification laws for mold remediation workers.  

This page has been updated through October 1, 2015. To explore the variation in these laws, click the “Start Here” button.

Related Resources

FEMA Policy Publication: Mold Remediation

CDC and EPA Fact Sheets: Mold Cleanup



Elizabeth Ann Glass Geltman

Associate Professor & Program Director, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, School of Urban Public Health at Hunter College & CUNY School of Public Health

L.L.M., Georgetown University School of Law; J.D., University of Baltimore School of Law; A.B., Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences

Did you know?

In 2015, four states impose civil penalties for failure to comply with mold remediation laws. 

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