HOUSE BILL No. 1068
DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Citations Affected: None (noncode).
Synopsis: Mold exposure standards. Requires the state department of
health to: (1) convene a task force to assist the state department in
developing recommendations concerning toxic mold exposure limits;
and (2) submit the recommendations to the executive director of the
legislative services agency.
Effective: July 1, 2005.
January 6, 2005, read first time and referred to Committee on Public Health.
First Regular Session 114th General Assembly (2005)
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HOUSE BILL No. 1068
A BILL FOR AN ACT concerning health.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: ; (05)IN1068.1.1. -->
SECTION 1. [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005] (a) As used in this
SECTION, "authoritative body" means a recognized national or
international entity with expertise in public health, mold
identification and remediation, or environmental health.
(b) As used in this SECTION, "building" means an enclosed
(c) As used in this SECTION, "certified industrial hygienist"
has the meaning set forth in IC 24-4-11-4.
(d) As used in this SECTION, "code enforcement officer" means
a local official responsible for enforcing housing codes and
maintaining public safety in buildings.
(e) As used in this SECTION, "mold" means any form of
multicellular fungi that live on plant or animal matter in indoor
environments. Types of mold include:
(8) Mucor; and
(9) Stachybotrys chartarum.
(f) As used in this SECTION, "state department" refers to the
state department of health.
(g) The state department shall, not later than August 1, 2005,
convene a task force to advise the state department on developing
recommendations required by subsection (h). The task force
consists of eleven (11) members appointed by the governor as
(1) A representative of public health officials.
(2) A representative of code enforcement officers.
(3) A representative of experts on the health effects of mold.
(4) A representative of medical experts.
(5) A representative of certified industrial hygienists.
(6) A representative of mold abatement experts.
(7) A representative of individuals affected by toxic mold.
(8) A representative of builders.
(9) A representative of realtors.
(10) A representative of rental property owners.
(11) A representative of multiple family rental property
(h) The state department, with the assistance of the task force
convened under subsection (g), shall, not later than November 1,
2005, develop recommendations for:
(1) indoor mold exposure limits, including mold exposure
(B) nursing homes;
(C) child care facilities; and
(D) elementary and high schools; and
(2) mold identification guidelines for the recognition of mold,
water damage, or microbial volatile organic compounds in
(i) In developing the recommendations required by subsection
(h), the state department and the task force shall:
(1) balance the protection of public health with technological
(2) use and include the latest scientific data or existing
standards adopted by authoritative bodies; and
(3) consider the following:
(A) The adverse health effects of exposure to mold on:
(i) the general public;
(iii) children less than six (6) years of age;
(iv) pregnant women;
(v) the elderly;
(vii) individuals with allergies;
(viii) individuals with weakened immune systems; and
(ix) individuals identified as being at a greater risk than
the general population when exposed to mold.
(B) The mold exposure standards adopted by authoritative
(C) Toxicological studies and other scientific evidence that
relates to mold.
(j) Not later than December 1, 2005, the state department shall
report, in an electronic format under IC 5-14-6, the
recommendations developed under subsection (h) to the executive
director of the legislative services agency.
(k) A member of the task force is not entitled to the minimum
salary per diem provided by IC 4-10-11-2.1(b). However, a
member of the task force is entitled to reimbursement for traveling
expenses as provided under IC 4-13-1-4 and for other expenses
actually incurred in connection with the member's duties as
provided in the state policies and procedures established by the
Indiana department of administration and approved by the budget
(l) Funding for the task force shall be paid solely from the
budget of the state department.
(m) The state department shall provide staff and administrative
support to the task force.
(n) This SECTION expires December 31, 2005.