Mould Remediation Courses — COMING SOON!
Mould Remediation courses! Learn how to remediate mould problems successfully.
Level 1 — Mould Remediation
This course will teach you the equipment, tools, materials, what mould is, how it grows, and more. It will allow you to complete small area mould remediation such as mould in a bathroom or around windows.
Level 2 — Mould Remediation
This course will expand your knowledge on the previous course including inspection and testing. It will allow you to complete medium size mould remediation such as where one room has been affected.
Level 3 — Mould Remediation
This course will further expand your knowledge on level 1 and 2 including invoicing and documentation to have in your business. It will allow you to complete large mould remediation such as where an entire property has been affected.
Level 1 — FREE
Level 2 — $99
Level 3 — $275
Podcast Series: Professional Carpet Cleaners and Restorers Podcast
As business owners we are often expected to understand all business operations, government obligations, and knowledge of the industry chosen. This week we catch up with Mario Conde, a close friend of mine who assisted my business when I first started. Mario has operated in small companies to global blue-chip companies in the capacity of business operations, management, and sales. The understanding of sales can be attributed directly back to knowledge; knowledge of the service or product and the knowledge to understand the pain points and reason for your service.
Mario helps explain how to gain and retain the trust of customers. The acquisition of new clients creating a sustainable business through profit. Managing your money, re-investment, growth, and looking at new markets and the importance of education. The silent achiever in business is training through education. Something that gets looked over but is the most important slow burning business money maker. “Training is not a quick money maker like buying a new piece of machinery, at least with a new piece of equipment you can put in on a job right away and you can see the money. With investment into education, it takes longer to see the increase of business income” Mario explained.
What is the cost of going 5 mins out of your way?
Thank you, Mario, for your time and the great conversation. This Podcast is of general conversation and direction. The saying “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it” runs true to this day.
Find us on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/4FVBn8Cfyx2jOx0m4MksuG Latest Podcast will be available this Friday 07th May @ 5 pm AEST (Qld) 6pm (NSW, VIC)
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The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care, and Sport has completed a report on the inquiry into Biotoxin-related illnesses in Australia in October 2018. They have reported that indoor mould growth is a common problem within properties that is fairly easy to treat and generally does not impact human health.
There have been cases where health issues have arisen due to contact with mould. There has been evidence that buildings exposed to water damage can contribute to ill health in vulnerable people. These health effects have been labelled as Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome or CIRS. These symptoms can be debilitating yet difficult to diagnose and treat.
The Committee has recommended that the Australian Government develops standards and/or accreditation requirements for mould testing and remediation for greater regulatory oversight of the industry.
The full report is available HERE
Mould is a type of fungal growth that develops on wet materials and is only visible to the human eye when it forms a colony. It is a natural part of the environment and plays an important part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees. Mould growth should be avoided indoors as spores are released by the mould which can make people sick. Spores are the reproductive “seeds” of mould.
The spores that are produced by mould are extremely small and are easily transferred by air and water. The mould spores can survive in environments that do not support normal mould growth. Mould growth will only begin when the spores reach an ideal environment. Its growth is affected by factors such as temperature, light, pH, nutrients, and water.
Buildings can develop mould issues after water damage events such as leaks, heavy rain, flooding, incoming air, or even a build-up of condensation. It is estimated that indoor dampness may affect between 10 and 50 per cent of indoor environments in Australia. The Australasian Society of Building Biologists (ASBB) has stated that mould is often found in pre sale assessments, particularly in older houses and new apartments that lack adequate ventilation in wet areas.
Mould remediation is the process of assessing the issue, fixing the underlying cause of the growth, cleaning the contamination, and preventing the problem from reoccurring.
Building Biology Sydney believes there is a lack of understanding regarding the health effects of dampness and mould within houses. This in turn leads to continuing poor building practices, design, and maintenance. This can run true within the cleaning and restoration industry due to the lack of education and understanding of mould remediation. Professionals completing mould remediation work need to have an understanding of many factors to complete the work successfully.
Mould remediation work may be required where mould is sighted or suspected. Air sampling may be conducted to determine how far mould extends within a given area. There is no minimum level to determine where mould begins to affect human health. Generally, mould remediation work is related to the amount of moisture and/or dampness within a building with odour being a large factor.
There is currently no standard approach to testing or assessing mould within a building. This can lead to varying quotes and scopes of work for the exact same job. It has been recommended by many bodies that the mould testing industry be regulated but this has not happened thus far. The Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) believes there is a need for education, training, and the development of guidelines to assist the inconsistencies in mould testing and remediation.
Biological Health Services state that training and education for mould remediation and assessment should be moved to the Vocational Education and Training framework to “enhance the calibre and delivery of quality educational content”.
Many companies within the cleaning and restoration industry rely on gassing, fogging, or spraying of biocides to kill microbes caused by water damage and fungal growth instead of source removal. This can be dangerous as the mould can be more toxic when they are dead compared to live spores. ASBB have pointed out that the approach of fogging, spraying, and gassing only provides a band-aid approach.
The TMSA has advised that an accreditation or regulation program for the mould remediation industry will assist in addressing this. Mr Jeremey Stamkos has recommended that Australia develop:
- Standards for conducting assessments of water damaged buildings along with drying and remediation
- VET training and certification for those conducting assessments/investigations of water damaged buildings and microbial contamination along with drying and remediation
- Standards for Indoor Air Quality
Artibus Innovation have undertaken a national prokect to review and update the qualifications and skills standards for cleaning. The proposed changes include expanding the Certificate IV in Cleaning to allow disaster cleaning and restoration. This proposal will be considered by the Australian Industry Skills Committee at a meeting in July 2021.
The proposed Certificate IV includes unit of competency for fire, smoke, water damage, mould, clandestine drug, and trauma and crime scene sites. It aims to provide high level technical skills to clean, restore, and remediate. The qualification is made up of 14 units with 4 being core and 10 elective.
CARSI has been working with Artibus for the last few months, along with other industry professionals, to share our knowledge and to raise the bar within the industry. Throughout this process we have also been developing our Mould Remediation Courses which consist of 3 levels.
Our latest mould remediation courses focus on the theoretical skills that are required to understand the process. Our aim is to raise the bar within the industry which involves providing information, education, and training. Our courses aim to provide a greater understanding of mould remediation along with simplifying the process. The level 3 course provides written information, videos, and audio to support the different learning styles people may have.