2001 Maryland Senate Bill 2S3

Establishes a task force on indoor air quality and requires the task force to study the nature, location, and extent of health and environmental risks posed to workers as a result of molds, spores, and other toxic organisms located in the HYAC systems of office buildings. Requires recommendations regarding prevention of illnesses, remedies and controls, a plan to provide educational information, and legislative or regulatory measures necessary to address current gaps in federal, state and local protection of office workers. Requires the task force to submit a final report of its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the legislature. [Report available at: http://www.dllr.state.md.us/labor/indoorairfinal/iaqfinalreportjuly12002.doc#_Toc13131937.]

Maryland Business Regulation Code §§ S-701–71S

Establishes a licensing program for companies and firms that provide mold remediation services. Directs the Maryland Home Improvement Commission to adopt regulations and implement the licensing program. Provides that companies must: be licensed in order to provide mold remediation services within the state; carry a specified minimum amount of insurance; and ensure that their employees are certified by a third-party accreditation body. Implementation of the law has been postponed indefinitely by the state licensing agency.

Maryland Education Code § 5-301

Requires the state Board of Public Works to adopt regulations establishing criteria designed to enhance IAQ in relocatable (portable) school classrooms. Requires the regulations to include specifications that require units to be constructed with low-YOC materials and in a manner that provides protection against water damage. Also mandates that specifications require units to provide continuous forced ventilation while occupied.