MOLD


EMERGENCY GUIDANCE ON MOLD REMEDIATION UNDER THE GOVERNOR’S DISASTER DECLARATION

Mold Remediation Q&A For Hurricane Harvey

FINAL DSHS MOLD EXAM SCHEDULE SEPTEMBER- OCTOBER 2017


Senate Bill 202 became effective on September 1, 2015. That bill has mandated the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) develop a transition plan for the “orderly transfer of powers, duties, functions, programs, and activities”. This plan has been completed and is now in effect.  Several important steps in this plan will occur over the next several weeks related to the following programs:  Massage TherapyCode Enforcement OfficersSanitariansOffender EducationLaser Hair Removal, and Mold Assessment and Remediation.

  • As of October 13, 2017, licensees and applicants will not have access to VERSA Online, the online portal for licensing application and renewal, for programs which had this capability previously.  DSHS will cease initial licensing and renewal activities, and the application forms will no longer be available on the website.
  • As of October 20, 2017, DSHS will cease all licensing functions (including entry of new applications), in order to transmit licensing data to TDLR. This is necessary to ensure data integrity.
  • TDLR will begin licensing functions on November 1, 2017.  This means there will be a gap of approximately ten days during which neither agency will be able to perform licensing functions.  We apologize in advance for the inconvenience this may cause, but it is essential from a data standpoint.

In an effort to avoid renewal problems during this transition, a 90-day license extension has been granted to all licenses that expire in October, November, December. Updated license cards and/or letters indicating the new renewal date have been sent out to licensees that initially were to expire in October and November.  The December licensees will receive theirs shortly.

Please go to TDLR’s website for more information about the transition process.


Special message for military personnel, spouses, and veterans

The State of Texas recognizes the contributions of our active duty military service members, their spouses, and veterans. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) in collaboration with the Office of the Governor, Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Veterans Commission, and Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, is spreading the word to military personnel, their spouses, and veterans about licenses they may be eligible for and that may assist them in their search for work.

Military personnel or veterans may have met some licensing requirements as a result of their military service or other training, knowledge, and experience. Military spouses of current, active duty military service members may also have met some licensing requirements related to this status. Military personnel, their spouses, and veterans who are interested in obtaining an asbestos, mold, or lead license and would like additional information regarding requirements may contact the Environmental and Sanitation Licensing Group (ESLG) at 512-834-6600 ext 2174. In addition to assistance with obtaining licensure, ESLG staff can assist deployed military service members who are currently licensed in Texas with license renewal requirements.   We extend our heartfelt thanks to military service members, veterans, and their families for their dedicated service to the United States of America and to the State of Texas.  


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Mold Program Mission

The mission of the Mold Program is to ensure that persons conducting mold assessment and remediation services in Texas are properly trained and licensed and are following minimum standards that protect the health of workers and building occupants.

We perform this function by administering the Texas Mold Assessment and Remediation Rules (TMARR), which require:

  • licensing of persons and companies conducting mold assessment and remediation activities,
  • review and approval of mold training programs,
  • receipt of notifications of mold remediation projects,
  • performing inspections of remediation projects,
  • and conducting enforcement activities.

Our focus is on oversight and education of the regulated community, while also providing informational services to the general public about mold assessment and remediation options. 

We strive to carry out our mission efficiently, effectively, fairly and professionally with respect and dedication to all Texans.


MAILING ADDRESS:
Environmental and Sanitation Licensing Group MC 2835
Texas Department of State Health Services
P. O. Box 149347
Austin, Texas 78714-9347

ADDRESS FOR ALL MAIL CONTAINING MONEY:
Texas Department of State Health Services MC 2003
PO Box 149347
Austin, Texas 78714-9347

MAIN PHONE
(512) 834-6600

MAIN FAX
(512) 834-6614

PHYSICAL ADDRESS
(WE ONLY RECEIVE SPECIAL
SERVICE DELIVERIES, SUCH AS UPS
OR FEDERAL EXPRESS, [NOT USPS] AT THIS ADDRESS)

The Exchange Building
8407 Wall Street
Austin, Texas 78754
Map and directions to the Exchange Building

 

 

Last updated October 16, 2017