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About The Expert:
J. Scott Armour, M.S.
Chair of the IICRC Mold Removal Specialist certification.
Vice-Chair and contributing author of the Internationally recognized
"ANSI/IICRC S-520 Professional Mold Remediation Standard".
Scott is a mold assessment and remediation specialist and an internationally recognized expert in Indoor Environmental Quality where his focus for the last 3 years has been Environmentally Acquired Illness (EAI).
U.S., Canada, Australia, Great Britain, Puerto Rico!
Mold and Moisture, Water Damage, Fire and Smoke Damage, Industrial Hygiene, Safety, Public Health, Research, Consulting, Training, Management, Non-Profit.
M.S., Master of Science in Health Science, California State University, 1993, specialized in Environmental and Occupational Health (aka Industrial Hygiene).
B.A., Case Western Reserve University (Sociology with concentrated science typical of pre-med and environmental health).
His professional background spans a variety of industries, including public health, non-profit environmental health advocacy, research, industrial hygiene, OSHA/DOT/EPA compliance, education, and bio-safety.
His practice focuses on Mold & Moisture assessments and remediation design, Green Building, Industrial Hygiene, and Environmental Systems Management. He is regularly hired to provide litigation support in insurance, liability, and causation disputes.
Some of his recent industry participation has included:
ENVIRONMENTALLY ACQUIRED ILLNESS
for People with Mold Illness and Sensitivity
He is currently recommended by a large Functional Medicine department for their patients with Environmentally Acquired Illnesses that are caused by mold contamination and water damage. He conducts Home Mold Assessments and Building Mold Assessment for schools and offices. These assessments determine if patients are living with a significant mold and water damage problem that could the the cause of illness.
MOLD REMEDIATION STANDARD AUTHOR
Vice-Chair and contributing author of the Internationally recognized "S-520 Professional Mold Remediation Standard". This 2015 publication is the ONLY mold remediation standard to have earned the prestigious ANSI accreditation for consensus development.
Known as IICRC/ANSI S-520, this standard is the leading standard for mold remediation, setting forth and justifying the Principle of REMOVE all mold growth and compounds instead of "killing" with chemicals and disinfectants which always leaves behind most of the mold hazard compounds.
MONTREAL PUBLIC HEALTH
ADVISORY AND ASSESSMENT CONTRIBUTOR AND AUTHOR!
Scott Armour was also instrumental in the writing and production of the ground-breaking document for the Montreal, Quebec Department of Public Health,
"Evaluation by international experts of the methods used by the Direction de santé publique to assess the health impacts of water damaged buildings
This 2013 publication set forth important guidelines and justifications for using building science and physical inspection as the primary tools for investigating illness thought to be caused by a water damaged or mold contaminated building. Importantly, this document would help guide the inspections for the second largest school system in Canada - over 220 schools.
See the entire document here:
MOLD LICENSE EXAM AUTHOR
- Chair of the IICRC Mold Removal Specialist certification program, an ANSI accredited internationally recognized program.
- Scott was one of only three primary authors of the exam questions as well as the certification requirements.
- He continues to review applications for certification. This program is unique in that it is not owned or operated by a training course provider. The cert approval process requires field experience and passing the exhaustive EXAM that was created using arduous psychometric design and analysis.
- The MRS Certification and Exam has been accepted by the State of Florida mold remediation licenseprogram.
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Professional Experience in Industrial Hygiene, Safety, Public Health, Research, Consulting, Training, Management, Research, Non-Profit.
- In Summer 2008, Scott was one of the founding members of the IAQA Green Initiative Committee; helping to bring green information and awareness to the more then 5000 national members of Indoor Air Quality Association.
- Director, Indoor Air Quality Association Cleveland Chapter. From September of 2008 until 2011, Scott led the Chapter, helping to create a unique forum in Northern Ohio for education and awareness of indoor environments, health, and sustainability. Each month, the chapter provided free seminars. This chapter was and remains the only IAQA Chapter to hold monthly meetings.
- For two years was on the Board of Advisors to the American Indoor Air Quality Council which is now responsible for providing the industry’s highest quality independent certifications for indoor air quality and mold professionals.
- For three years (2005-2007) was the Chair of the Inspection and Preliminary Determination sub-committee of the IICRC/ANIS S520 Mold Remediation Standard, for which he now serves as Vice-Chair of the entire full Standard.
- He was instrumental in initiating and facilitating substantive improvements to the 2008 and later 2015 versions.
- The 3rd Edition, Published in 2015 by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the S520 is recognized as a legally defensible standard of care for mold remediation.
- Author of the proprietary program, M4: Mold and Moisture Management and Maintenance. This comprehensive program is designed to help building owners avoid negligence, control liability, and prevent the need for extensive mold remediation. The program is designed to be used as a comprehensive risk management tool. It is currently being converted for field use with tablet PC devices.
- Advisor to the most recent version of the New York City Department of Health Mold Remediation Guidelines, published in 2008.
Mold Remediation. Moisture Control.
Biological Contamination. Infection Control.
Building Science. Indoor Air Quality.
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Toxic Mold Subject Matter Expert
For IICRC, NREP, ASHRAE, IAQA, and more.
NREP, National Registry of Environmental Professionals (NREP) for both the Certified Environmental Systems Manager (CESM) and the Indoor Air Quality Manager (IAQM).
He also sat on the NREP Toxic Mold committees.
The CESM recognizes the ability to consult and train the ISO 14001 environmental management system. ISO 14001 is an internationally accepted quality management system designed to help an organization achieve continual improvement of it’s environmental performance, assure and monitor legal compliance, and lessen it’s impact on the environment and people.
GREEN BUILDING CONSULTING AND MATERIALS SELECTION!
He is trained as a LEED accredited professional since 2003! He's not new to this bandwagon - Scott provides consulting and analysis services to the high performance and sustainable building industry, to HELP YOU MAKE A HEALTHY HOME AND OFFICE AND SCHOOL.
MAKE SURE your ingredients and materials are SAFE FOR YOU!
For three years Scott was an adjunct faculty member at University of Findlay as principal instructor for state accredited Lead Abatement Certification courses and instructor for IAQ and ISO 14000 Environmental Management Systems courses. During that period he trained more students than all other state accredited trainers combined. His mold courses for Environmental Professionals pre-dated by several years the national awareness of mold as a health and building issue.
Plus, Scott has presented seminars on Mold & Moisture to over two thousand people for groups such as environmental and public health professionals, lawyers, contractors, building managers, subsidized and affordable housing professionals, architects, spec writers, maintenance personnel, and insurance professionals.
Scott was Deputy Project Director for the City of Cleveland Department of Public Health, where he was responsible for project management and day-to-day oversight of a $9 million HUD lead abatement grant. He streamlined and created a project planning tool that accomplished an unprecedented completion of home abatements.
While at the Public Health Department, he had first-hand experience with the controversial infant bleeding lung illness blamed on the “black mold” Stachybotrys in the mid ‘90’s. He wrote and presented numerous times on topic.
During that same time he was project coordinator for a unique EPA Whole House Initiative research project (later known as EPA Healthy Homes) which studied remediation of Stachybotrys mold in home of children diagnosed with hemosiderosis.
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