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BSC-IICRC S540 New Draft Standard Available for Public View

BSR-IICRC S540 New Draft Standard Available for Public Review

(LAS VEGAS) October 7, 2016 – The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification(IICRC) has opened a public review for the new draft BSR-IICRC S540 Standard for Trauma and Crime Scene Remediation. The draft S540 Standard is available from Oct.7 – Nov. 21 for public review.

The IICRC S540 Standard describes the procedures to be followed and the precautions to be taken when performing trauma and crime scene remediation regardless of surface, item, or location. It defines criteria and methodology used by the technician for inspecting and investigating blood and other potentially infectious material (OPIM) contamination, and for establishing work plans and procedures.

The IICRC S540 draft Standard is available for review and comment as part of the ANSI 45-day public review period. Download the draft Standard and comment form via Dropbox here: All comments must be submitted using completed comment forms to IICRC Standards Director Mili Washington at , no later than Nov. 21.

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About the IICRC

The IICRC is an international, ANSI-accredited standard-development organization (SDO) that certifies individuals in 20+ categories within the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. Representing more than 54,000 certified technicians and 6,000 Certified Firms in 22 countries, the IICRC, in partnership with regional and international trade associations, represents the entire industry. The IICRC does not own schools, employ instructors, produce training materials, or promote specific product brands, cleaning methods or systems. For more information, visit    


IICRC Announces Transition to Self-Management


IICRC Announces Transition to Self-Management

LAS VEGAS - Aug. 15, 2016 - The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification<> (IICRC) today announced that it has transitioned to self-management.  All operations will now be conducted by IICRC staff located within the Global Resource Center in Las Vegas.

"This is an exciting time for the IICRC," said IICRC Chairman Pete Duncanson. "Registrants, schools, instructors and Certified Firms will notice improvements every day.  Throughout this transition, our top priority is improving customer support."

The IICRC has already begun to implement numerous procedures to strengthen the Institute, including the hiring of a new customer satisfaction team. The IICRC will also have a new toll-free phone number (844-464-4272) and help desk email (<;mailto:>).

"Please be patient with us as we establish the foundation for an improved IICRC," added Duncanson. "The Institute has helped hundreds of thousands of inspection, cleaning, restoration and installation businesses to thrive - and will continue to do so for years to come."

For more information about the IICRC, visit<>.

The IICRC is a global, ANSI-accredited Standards Developing Organization (SDO) that credentials individuals in 20+ categories within the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. Representing more than 54,000 certified technicians and 6,000 Certified Firms in 22 countries, the IICRC, in partnership with regional and international trade associations, represents the entire industry. The IICRC does not own schools, employ instructors, produce training materials or promote specific product brands, cleaning methods or systems. For more information,<>.

IICRC Announces Keith Williams Award Winner to Jim Carfield

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)is thrilled to announce that James R. Carfield is the winner of the Keith Williams Award. The award honors individuals who have made significant technical contributions to the inspection, cleaning and restoration industry. 
“We are pleased to name Jim Carfield as the 2016 Keith Williams Award winner,” said IICRC Chairman of the Board Peter Duncanson. “With his continuous contributions to the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries, Jim has provided valuable input, leadership and insight to the IICRC and its members.”
In the early 1970s, Jim founded JR Flooring, a diversified cleaning, restoration, retail floor covering and installation business. He grew his company from just two vehicles to a multi-vehicle, multi-crew operation. After retiring from his company in 2015, Jim has continued to devote his expert knowledge to the industry.   
Jim’s expertise and experience has benefitted numerous IICRC training and education programs, and the development of installation and inspection standards. Early in his IICRC involvement, Jim assisted in updating the newly formed Carpet Repair and Reinstallation Technician (RRT) course syllabus and exam. He helped take RRT instruction to the next level by building a demonstration platform and providing carpet, cushion, moldings and tools for hands-on demonstration of installation techniques. Most recently, Jim provided valuable input on the BSR S600 installation standard and the ANSI/IICRC S800 inspection standard. 
Jim has served as Chair of the RRT Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). He has also authored many technical articles, worked with the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) in developing the original CRI 104 and 105 residential and commercial installation standards.  He has traveled to Dalton, Georgia on multiple occasions to represent the IICRC in its manufacturer liaison seminars.  Jim has been an active member of the Society of Cleaning and Restoration Technicians since the 1980s, having served as “official auctioneer” in raising thousands of dollars for the non-profit association.  
Jim will be presented with the Keith Williams Award at the IICRC’s fall meetings.

Tribute to James Anthony "Tony" Seay

James Anthony “Tony” Seay – February 16, 1955-May 6, 2016

William Shakespeare; from his play Julius Caesar, said. “The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.” 

So it is with Tony Seay.

I’d like to dwell for a moment on the good things that Tony accomplished, lest they be forgotten and “… interred with his bones.”

Tony was hired by my company back in the 1970s for a part-time job during an influx of flood damage business.  I was a little puzzled by the fact that he had been the manager of a local Pizza Hut whose business had increased, along with Tony’s responsibilities, hours and title.  But his salary had not seen a comparable increase. 

The restaurant management business can be brutal.  Long hours, employee turnover, customer complaints … 

I guess you’d say that Tony was exhausted, burned out, and he had seen fit to terminate his Pizza Hut employment. 

But his work as a “part-time” employee with my company didn’t last long. 

Tony showed up early, carried out his duties in an exemplary manner, and worked hard with little expectation of recognition or reward.  In short, he did everything he was asked to do. 

The best employees are those with a demonstrated track record, and when the influx of flood business was over, there was no question about a full-time position for Tony.  We couldn’t afford to do otherwise. 

But Tony was far more than just a good worker.  In fact, he epitomized the American dream that hard conscientious work would ultimately bring future reward.  He was able and determined to create his own success, with the recognition that my company could serve as his platform for achievement. 

We put Tony on as an assistant cleaner – which was well below his considerable capabilities – but his quick mind, customer-oriented attitude and quality consciousness led, within a month or so, to his promotion to Crew Chief with his own vehicle, equipment and responsibilities. 

Again, Tony excelled.  His job closings and added sales set him apart as a consummate salesman.  Within a year, I asked Tony to take over the entire cleaning division, while I concentrated on growing the company’s disaster division. 

Once again, Tony excelled, flawlessly and independently organizing and managing the company’s major cleaning division with little supervision by me.  All the while he was increasing his store of technical knowledge and his management skills.

The ultimate next step was for him to become the company’s General Manager. 

By the 1980s, the company’s fledgling chemical and equipment manufacturing business caught Tony’s eye for growth potential.  Thus, he began developing the ProMaster Division into an international distributorship leading to his eventual position as a partner in that Division.  During the 1990s ProMaster had grown into a multi-million dollar business under Tony’s capable and consistent leadership. 

In that same time period, Tony, Ronda and I partnered to take over and re-organize the nearly bankrupt International Society of Cleaning Technicians, or ISCT, with Tony as its President.  I was reluctant to take on responsibility for a failing trade association, but Tony argued that I was wrong.  Eventually, I acquiesced.  He enthusiastically reinvented that trade association, making it one of the largest and most successful in the cleaning and restoration industry, with multiple successful conventions held in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Texas. 

Eventually, with a stable financial status and increased membership, we turned that association over to its elected officers with the stipulation that it be brought to non-profit status.  And that those leaders did.  That influential Trade Association still exists today as the Society of Cleaning and Restoration Technicians (SCRT), which is a Shareholder of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification or IICRC. 

Today, a SCRT Director serves as Chairman of the Board of the IICRC, and two SCRT Directors serve as Board members of this international certification organization, which boasts some 55,000 registrants in 35 countries around the world. 

The point is that, over my objections, Tony’s determination to save a floundering trade association that was doomed to extinction, in no small part has had a profound ripple effect on an entire industry internationally. 

In 1997 with the purchase of five acres of land in Dothan’s Oxmoor Industrial Park, Tony took on construction coordination of a 20,000 square foot building, which became the headquarters of both ProMaster and Clean Care Seminars.  That property and building today serves as a monument to his organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail. 

When Bishop Clean Care and Bishop Disaster Services were sold to the managers of those Divisions in the late ’90s, Tony continued to manage the ProMaster Division successfully.  Eventually in year 2000, he and his brother Larry purchased ProMaster. 

Again, from Shakespeare: “Let us not burden our remembrance with the heaviness that’s gone.” 

Tony and I shared a lot of successes and a few failures during our 40-year relationship.  While I am aware of the path his life took in the last decade or so, I choose to remember the long drives we shared to and from conventions, the lingering business and dinner conversations, and our shared optimism for our future. 

From part-time worker to business owner, Tony lived the American Dream of success.  The Tony I remember today was a good and loyal friend, and business partner. 

That’s the way it should be. 

Jeff Bishop

ICRA Certification

To all ICRA members
We wanted to let you know that ICRA has been working on something new.
Certification – You Now Have an Option
Recently, the industry has been asking for another option for certification. The International Cleaning and Restoration Association (ICRA) is now offering certification based upon written exams (cognitive assessments) in addition to their Performance Assessments as part of a new “Comprehensive Certification Program.” A group of industry leaders have been working on this new program since the beginning of the year.
ICRA will recognize (grandfather in) your certifications
If you have any certifications listed on the ICRA Certification Recognition Program webpage, ICRA will accept a copy of your certificate or ID card as a basis for issuing you an equivalent ICRA certification. No need to take another class or exam. Certifications from other certifying bodies, not listed on the website, will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
Certification Recognition Program ICRA will “grandfather” your certifications from other certifying organizations at a flat fee of $40.00 regardless of the number of certifications that you have. No requirement to attend another course or take another exam.
o Information regarding certification recognition can be found at:
ICRA Schools and exams ICRA has registered 37 schools that are interested in offering ICRA certification exams. These are well known and respected schools and instructors that have been teaching in the industry for years. For a list of schools that are participating go to:
Your Company can become an ICRA Registered Firm! Your company can register as an ICRA Registered Firm for $129. The ICRA Registered Firm program offers many benefits including discounts on programs and membership. The program is recognized by the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) as well as other related industry groups. To apply as an ICRA Registered Firm go to:
If you have ANY questions concerning ICRA certification or filling out the online forms, please do not hesitate to call ICRA at (916) 758-5242 x 102. If you prefer, you can email ICRA at .
I will try to give you a call within the next few weeks as a follow up to this email.
Look forward to speaking with you
Mike Cole
ICRA Member Services Support

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