SAN MARCOS — With concerns about mold infestation and remediation at all-time highs, the International Institute Environmental Risk Management (I2ERM) at Texas State University-San Marcos continues to address the needs of risk management personnel and related fields.
The Money-–Opportunity–Litigation–Dilemma (M.O.L.D. ) seminars are comprised of a two-day, 16-hour program that explores the real and perceived issues about mold. I2ERM at Texas State developed the M.O.L.D. program with key input from a wide spectrum of industry experts. The program qualifies for continuing education credits in most states, and addresses such pressing issues as medicine, law, facility design and construction, operations and maintenance, risk transfer and effective environmental risk management.
“Mold has been around since the days of dinosaurs,” said Gregg Roberts, Chairman and Course Director of I2ERM. “Suddenly though, mold is being questioned as the ‘new asbestos.’ News media reports on the alarming rate at which mold claims are occurring–$2.3 billion in 2002! Articles like these are appearing in almost every newspaper and on a regular basis.”
The next M.O.L.D. seminar will be held Nov. 6 -7 in Orlando, Fla., at the Grosvenor Resort within Walt Disney World. Initial response has been strong and space is limited although there are still seats available, Roberts said.
A selection of specific M.O.L.D. course content topics include mold history, litigation trends, EPA and state regulations proposed and/or enacted, residential vs. commercial issues, lease agreements, facility design, real and perceived medical risks with associated claim strategies, and cleanup, mitigation, and avoidance recommendations.
“ Businesses now have the added concern of protecting against a new area of environmental liability; some may turn to environmental insurance,” Roberts said. “Although the various environmental insurance companies differ slightly in their appetite for risk based on class of business and policy type, their overall underwriting attitude on covering mold can be summed up in one word: Cautious. Coverage can be restrictive in scope and limits.”
For more information, call (773) 774-6758 or visit the I2ERM website at http://www.environmentalriskmanager.com.