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Mold Assessment Association
www.moldassessment.org  email: sales@moldassessment.org


ABOUT THE MAA

The MAA was established in 2002 to promote uniform standards, procedures and protocols, and a common code of ethics for those environmental health professionals specializing in the area of mold inspection, investigation, hygiene and remediation. Membership, however, is open to any trade or other professional who is affected by issues concerning mold, as well as individuals from the public who wish to support our mission.

The problem of toxic mold is a concern to all involved in real estate transactions, structural repair transactions and, most importantly, to the health and well-being of the public. Some lending agencies now require real property transactions to have both structural and environmental assessment clearance letters, which include a visual mold inspection, as part of the loan package, ensuring that the property is clear of conditions that might result in lawsuits. When a hazardous condition is detected, additional steps may need to be taken to clear the property and needs to include the mold clearance letter.  Some mold professionals are now offering mold bonds to property owners.

By working together to develop and maintain standards of excellence, MAA members benefit from professional development and the exchange of ideas, and our promotional activities educate the public. Our statewide referral service helps consumers find facts about the industry and unites the membership with new clients. Members from other states are a part of the National Mold Assessment Association, and, until their State Chapters are founded, we will make available our referral services to them.

MISSION AND VISION

Our mission is to unite, through a multidisciplinary approach, business, industry and the public-at-large in a concerted and focused effort to benefit our future, our children and our general environmental welfare with regards to solving mold issues.

We promote excellence and quality services among the providers of environmental health assessment by setting uniform standards of practice in the areas of mold investigation, inspection, hygiene and remediation, as well as other trade professions affected by mold, along with a common code of ethics for all these professionals toward the advocacy, benefit and well-being of the general public.

We are committed to our mission as to the public’s awareness of toxic mold. Its activities to this end will be met through ongoing public seminars, continuing education and training of its membership, and forums for the exchange of ideas, new information and environmental technologies, thereby enhancing the reputation and technical skills of these professionals by the establishment of stringent membership requirements that ensure members’ objectivity, integrity and technical expertise.

We believe that providing customer service right the first time, on time, every time, for the right reasons and with right intentions makes for the highest quality service.

Together, we can make great things happen. Together, our leadership is our gift to the future.

MOTTO

All MAA members uphold the following motto:
Professionalism, Integrity, Competency and Compliance.

GOALS

Create public awareness of the presence of toxic molds, and present to them options and general guidelines, in the event of its presence, for informed decision-making toward a healthier and safer indoor environment.
Answer the public’s basic questions and concerns regarding toxic mold, and provide them with information from credible sources, as well as protocols of all inspectors, hygienists and remediators, and other trade professionals whose practices are affected by mold.
Provide the public with a list of qualified inspectors, hygienists and remediators, noting any prior claims the business or institute may have had over the last three years.
Become a statewide organization dedicated to providing its members with information, education and testing with respect to toxic mold inspections, investigations and remediations, and with moisture control measures, as well as providing information and testing with respect to mold to other trade professionals whose practices are affected by mold and/or moisture control measures.
Provide members with a contact listing of credible and reputable testing laboratories and agencies that support their industry.
Provide Association-based minimum requirement standards of protocols and procedures for moisture control measures and the inspection, investigation, hygiene and remediation of molds, as well as other trade profession practices affected by mold and/or moisture control measures, in order to establish quality control.
Provide minimum qualified individual training points required to maintain Association guidelines and membership; and create Association-based core exams and Association category examinations.
Establish uniform, verifiable and ongoing training to newly established mold inspectors, investigators, hygienists and remediators, as well as those newly established trade professionals affected by mold and/or moisture control measures.
Promote vendor introductions and training for products available for use in the private sector.
Establish rules and regulations for the enforcement of the SC Mold Assessment Association’s guidelines that will ensure the guidelines are adhered to by all registered members and/or corporate members.
Investigate association compliances as well as customer complaints, concerns and compliments.
Establish the safest and easiest means of application and methods of practice for hygienists, inspectors, investigators and remediators to control and eradicate toxic molds.
Update information gathered from appropriate regulators; and provide appropriate agencies with a registered business/professional listing of MAA members.

Provide periodic literature to the membership.


CODE OF ETHICS

The canons provided by this Code of Ethics provide and establish clear and ethical standards of conduct for members of the Mold Assessment Association (MAA). These canons are for use by MAA professionals as they practice their profession and exercise their primary mission, which is to protect the health and well-being of both their clients and the general public from hazards related to toxic mold. Should a member violate these standards, their designation(s) may be revoked for a period of time, and/or they may be expelled from the Association.

First Canon of Ethical Conduct

As a member of the MAA I will conduct myself in a professional manner at all times, acting responsibly, with honor and dignity, to uphold the integrity of my profession and of my professional training and certification(s). In so doing, I will avoid association with any enterprise of questionable character or apparent conflict of interest.
 
Second Canon of Ethical Conduct
As a member of the MAA I will always strive to maintain and improve professional standards with respect to mold-related sciences and am willing to assist the MAA to that end. I will practice my profession by following recognized scientific principles with the realization that the lives, health, and personal, financial, legal and general well-being of both my client and the general public may depend upon my professional judgment, evaluation, recommendations and provided services.
   
Third Canon of Ethical Conduct
As a member of the MAA I will help to maintain public awareness that my profession is treating all parties involved with and affected by it fairly and impartially. I will act as a disinterested third party and will discharge my duties with integrity and fidelity, and always act in good faith toward my client.
   
Fourth Canon of Ethical Conduct
As a member of the MAA I will not falsely report or purposely misinterpret any information relating to any work while performing my profession. I will make certain that I have had access to all pertinent facts that are reasonably available before making any suggestions or drawing any conclusion in the course of my work, and will express an opinion only when it is based on practical experience and honest conviction.
  
Fifth Canon of Ethical Conduct
As a professional, I will counsel affected parties factually regarding potential health risks or hazards and the precautions necessary to avoid adverse health effects, if I am so qualified and have the appropriate knowledge base to do so. If I am unable to counsel factually regarding the above, I will refer affected parties to appropriate professional counsel.
  
Sixth Canon of Ethical Conduct
As a member of the MAA I will never allow a client to direct the outcome of a report or influence the information contained in a report. I will avoid circumstances and situations wherein a compromise of professional judgment or conflict of interest may arise. I will give independent, honest and objective opinions of any reports or information supplied to me in the course of my work, regardless of the source.
   
Seventh Canon of Ethical Conduct
As a member of MAA, I will make certain that my client or employer fully understands all of the information present in a final report and any suggestions or conclusions are carefully explained to their full satisfaction. I will never be involved in a compromising situation with any work performed where any direct or indirect conflict of interest may be cause for concern about the objectivity of a final report.
  
Eighth Canon of Ethical Conduct
As a member of the MAA I will recognize the responsibilities I have to the public, the profession, my employer, and all parties having an interest in the work being performed, and will keep confidential all personal and business information obtained during the exercise of my professional activities, except when required by law or overriding health and public safety considerations. I will not disclose any information concerning the results of my work without the approval of the client for whom my work was performed.
  
Ninth Canon of Ethical Conduct
As a member of the MAA, I will perform services only within areas of my competency, training and certification(s). I will maintain competence in my professional field through continuous educational study. I will be familiar with all State and Federal laws that may apply to the work being performed.
  
Tenth Canon of Ethical Conduct
As a member of the MAA I will not accept compensation, financial or otherwise, from more than one interested party for the same service to the same client, nor will I accept nor offer commissions or allowances, directly or indirectly, from or to other parties dealing with the same client in connection with work for which I am responsible.
  
Eleventh Canon of Ethical Conduct
As a member of the MAA, I will adhere to all its guidelines, standards and requirements for membership and in the performance of my professional duties as they relate to mold-related sciences and issues. I will also make every effort to uphold and maintain the professional practice, integrity and reputation of the MAA and will report all violations of this Code of Ethics by other members, and any other relevant information, to the MAA for possible remedial action.
  
Twelfth Canon of Ethical Conduct
As a member of the MAA, while practicing my profession, I will treat all individuals with due respect, recognizing the value of the inherent rights of equality and individualism, and will not discriminate based upon age, gender, sexual orientation, race, cultural beliefs, national origin, socioeconomic background, or job function with respect to profession, trade or craft.

MAA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Association’s Board of Directors consists of fifteen members, who have leadership responsibilities of MAA affairs. Each Director serves as either an Advocate and in a professional advisory capacity with oversight of their advocacies in the overall performance of the Association, or as an Officer. Board members may be viewed in the Member's Only section.

There are two open advocacies, and the Officers are functioning in these capacities until they are filled:

Advocate for Regulatory Affairs, Rights & Ethics
Advocate for Economic Affairs, Business & Industry

We provide Mold Training and Certification Courses for:
             Certified Mold Inspector (CMI)
             Certified Mold Investigator (CMIV)
             Certified Mold Remediator (CMR)
             Certified Mold Hygienist  (CMH)
             Master Certified Mold Specialist (MCMS)

MAA-certified mold professionals follow strict guidelines and protocols for the
provision of mold services.  We also offer Mold Seminars for the public, employers and property owners, as well as Mold Awareness Courses for various trades, professionals, property managers and facilities managers.


Disclaimer
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All material provided on the Mold Assessment Association web site is for educational and informational purposes only. The information contained on the web site should not be considered specific mold advice for any person, organization or entity. Consult a medical, legal or regulatory professional for all references to medical conditions or regarding the applications, opinions or recommendations from this web site. The MAA specifically disclaims liability, loss or risk, personal or otherwise, that is or may be incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, resulting from or application pertaining to any of the information provided on the web site.

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