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September 9, 2001
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An editorial change at ICS, yes. But our commitment remains: Give our readers the information they need to run successful businesses.

All I had to do was take a look at the ICS Cleaning Specialist Bulletin Board, and I knew that I had arrived. I was back into the fray, writing about and participating in an industry I'd come to respect over the last several years.

The concerns slash questions listed on the Bulletin Board were familiar: Which TM is best? What's the best way to remove cat urine? Let's talk about dilution ratios. What kinds of forms do you use? Some of the names were different, but most were familiar to me. Still other names were attached to people I know, and many of whom I've met.

There are some new realities that have presented themselves during my short hiatus from the industry. What immediately comes to mind is California's view of toxic mold and that state's apparent need to legislate against it. It stems from the black eye the insurance industry has received over lawsuits its been faced with over mold contamination. The results of exposure to toxic mold is frightening; just ask the professional cleaner who knows and understands the realities, and the myths, associated with toxic mold contamination and remediation.

The proposed Toxic Mold Protection Act of 2001 (SB 732) directs that state's Department of Health Services to develop regulations for the identification and remediation of molds.

In its first iteration, the legislative proposal required anyone who sells or rents property, be it residential, commercial or industrial facilities, to provide written disclosure as to the presence and location of mold. These sellers or landlords are also required to explain to their prospective buyers or renters the potential health risks associated with exposure to mold.

How does this affect the professional cleaner? Provisions in the proposed legislation may provide an opt-out for the sellers or landlords who are dealing with mold-contaminated homes or commercial property. That is, opt-out of having to use the services of a qualified professional. In short, you.

However, there are some clear-thinking individuals in that state, namely Edward H. Cross, an attorney and certified professional in indoor air quality and water damage restoration. He wants any final version of the bill to include the input of cleaning professionals, industrial hygienists, mold experts, remediation contractors, indoor environmental lawyers and the public. He's right on the money.

But, as California goes, so goes the nation. Consider national air standards, modeled after past California legislative initiatives. We'll be following this in the weeks to come so that ICS Cleaning Specialist can present you with the best, most current information possible.

All I can say is 'It's great to be back.' For those of you who don't know me, I'm Bob Lindsay. I've been a journalist all of my professional career. From a three-year stint in the US Army, where I worked as military journalist stationed in Hawaii, to a decade as the editor of a weekly community newspaper, my life has revolved around journalism, news and writing.

Some industry folks may recognize my name. I've been writing about carpet cleaners and the cleaning industry for the last several years. When my publisher, Evan Kessler, called to offer me the editor's seat at ICS, I jumped at the opportunity. I knew Evan after our paths crossed at various conventions. I liked him, enjoyed his company, and put a bug in his ear. I also thought I could do great things if I only had a chance. Well, now's my chance.

My door is open, my email address is available (lindsayr@nycap.rr.com) and my phone number is there for your use (518.346.0493). Drop me a note or give me a call; I'm here for you.

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