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CRI udpates the SOA Service Provider Guidelines to Include ICRA

CRI updates the SOA Service Provider Guidelines to Include ICRA Membership

Sacramento, CA - The Carpet and Rug Institute recently updated its guidelines for Seal of Approval Service Providers. In addition to its recommendation that firms seeking service provider status be certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC) the CRI now suggests membership in the non-profit support and certification group, the International Cleaning and Restoration Association (ICRA). The CRI Seal of Approval Service Provider agreement now reads:

The SOA Service Provider Plus Program strongly recommends that participants (companies) become IICRC certified firms and/or become a member of ICRA (International Cleaning and Restoration Association).

According to CRI, the ICRA offers enhanced, hands-on certification through their Performance Assessment program for carpet cleaning that compliments the existing IICRC training program.

More about CRI Seal of Approval Service Providers from www.carpet-rug.org

To maintain the peak performance and beauty of carpet, the Carpet and Rug Institute recommends periodic professional cleaning. The Carpet and Rug Institute also recommends the use of Seal of Approval products, and is proud to recognize those service providers who utilize Seal of Approval products.

Carpet cleaning professionals who use Seal of Approval solutions in conjunction with Seal of Approval equipment are eligible to be recognized as Seal of Approval service providers.

Hiring Seal of Approval service providers is the best way to ensure that your carpet is being cleaned with quality products. Not all carpet cleaning products clean equally well and some may even damage carpet fibers. Using Seal of Approval service providers also is the best way to make sure your residential or commercial carpet warranties are being met since many major carpet manufacturers require or strongly recommend the use of Seal of Approval products.

Learn more about Performance Assessments at the Experience Convention in Las Vegas on September 3rd - 5th, 2014 at the Mirage Hotel and Casino.

For more information about ICRA certification go to: www.icrassociation.org/certification


Clean Care Seminars Discounted On-Line Courses

Clean Care Seminars

Discounted On-Line Courses


ICRA / SCRT Members


IICRC-Approved On-Line Courses for Continuing Education Credits

     Distance Learning began when Postmen delivered learning material for 'Correspondence Courses' during the 18th century, mainly for the children of British Missionaries living away from England. TV-based educational programs were introduced during the middle of the Twentieth Century. Computer-Based Training (CBT), Video & Audio courses also gained popularity as these technologies became popular & economical. Organizations, corporate houses & schools started using Local Area Networks (LANs) to distribute instruction, & this gradually lead to Wide Area Networks (WAN) - internet or World Wide Web (WWW) is such a network.

Each on-line, web-based training course is approved for two (2) IICRC CECs

for your Cleaning/Restoration, Inspector or Master Status.   

These are excellent courses for employee pre-training programs.


Visit www.CleanCareSeminars.net, click “on-line



Principles & Methods of

Carpet Cleaning


     This course is written by 30-year cleaning/restoration author & instructor, Jeff Bishop. He is one of the industry’s foremost authorities on carpet & upholstery cleaning.  'Principles and Methods of Carpet Cleaning' is based on Bishop's popular two-volume book series entitled, More Answers Than You Have Questions About Carpet Cleaning, Volumes I (the Product) & II (the Procedures) A great pre-training tool for new employees.

CCS …. $149.95

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Microbial Contamination &



     The purpose of this course it to provide restoration & remediation contractors with a convenient means for updating their knowledge in the field of water damage restoration & associated microbial contamination.  This on-line course is intended to supplement training received in the IICRC-approved Water Restoration Technician (WRT) & Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT) certification courses.  It is based on current information from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification’s IICRC S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration & the IICRC S520 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation.

CCS ….. $149.95

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Practical Psychrometry:

The Art of Drying


     The purpose of this web-based training program is to teach water restoration techs about drying & psychrometric (psy-chro-met-ric) principles to enable them to use science to enhance drying efficiency.  A great pre-training tool for new employees, excellent pre-study for IICRC-approved WRT course or an excellent refresher course for current employees. IICRC-approved for 2-CECs for cleaning or restoration categories.

CCS … $149.95


WoolSafe Offers Discount to ICRA (SCRT) Members

How Can ICRA (SCRT) Members Become Affiliated With the International "WoolSafe" Organization?

The WoolSafe® program is actually threefold  . . . and includes chemical testing, technician training and company verification.  Originally established in 1991 by the International Wool Secretariat (the Wool Bureau in North America ) - the WoolSafe® Organization launched an approval program for professional carpet cleaning products and technicians in October of 1998.  There are now more than 160 cleaning products that have been tested and approved for use on wool and other fine fabrics.  Many of them are manufactured by suppliers you already use. 

So the first step in having your company become a Service Provider is to learn about wool and its care by taking the on-line course at http://www.woolsafeacademy.org .  

WoolSafe® Fiber Care Specialist Training Course provides professional cleaners with a convenient and cost effective means for advancing their knowledge of wool-rich carpet, high-value rug and upholstery cleaning.  Students are able to complete the course at their own pace from a home or office computer.  The course is intended to supplement training received in other courses, and it is approved for 2-IICRC CECs in the cleaning, restoration or inspection categories. 
This course is divided into 35 sections or modules and includes subjects such as:  
Wool Characteristics 
Wool Yarn Production 
Wool Cleanability 
Wool Fiber Structure 
Limitations of Wool   
Chemical and Abrasive Damage 
Wool and Pets

Insect damage 
Specialty Spotting 
Wool Cleaning-Related Challenges and Solutions 
WoolSafe® Approved Cleaning Products 
WoolSafe® Program

Each of the 35 modules is followed by self-evaluation multiple-choice questions, which are based on the information presented in the current module.  Students simply read each question and select the correct answer from the options provided.  The question is graded electronically for immediate feedback.  Once the course is successfully completed, students receive a completion certificate to send to the IICRC for two CECs.  The graduate student will also receive a certificate of completion from WoolSafe®.  The course is available at www.woolsafeacademy.org and costs only $199.95.   Go there to create a user profile on the left side of the page, then go back to the front page, then 1/2 way down the page click on "Buy Now" and then check out through PayPal with your credit card.  ICRA(SCRT) members receive $25.00 off the course fee by using the code "ICRA."  

Then, once at least one person in a company has passed the course, the company may apply to become a WoolSafe® Service Provider. The annual fee is $125.00 per year and the company and name of WoolSafe® trained technician(s) will be listed on both the WoolSafe®  and Wools of New Zealand websites, the new i-Phone app and referenced on the Housekeeping Channel website.  We also provide a link to your company’s website if you have one. 
The WoolSafe® Approved Service Provider program is open to the following:
·         Carpet and rug cleaning companies - Independent cleaning companies, which obtain their cleaning equipment and/or supplies from one or more sources. 
·         Carpet and rug cleaning franchisees - Companies using one particular cleaning/maintenance system, which may be a franchised or a licensed system. 
·         In-house carpet and rug cleaners - In-house carpet maintenance divisions responsible for the cleaning and maintenance of carpet and rugs in the building(s) their company occupies.
To qualify for WoolSafe® Service Provider approval, companies must:

*offer professional cleaning services on a full-time basis; 
*have employees who have received appropriate technical and practical training in cleaning,

*have proper business licensing, liability insurance, consumer complaint follow-up policy, subscribe to a Code of Ethics,
*be members of a trade or professional association or organization (like ICRA), including franchises, which is recognized by The WoolSafe® Organization,
*encourage all employees to attend a WoolSafe®-Training Course, taught by a  WoolSafe®-Approved Trainer either in-person or on-line, and pass the course exam, 

*use WoolSafe®-approved products when cleaning or maintaining wool or wool-rich carpet, rugs or upholstery.

The company will receive a certificate to display in their office and authority to use the WoolSafe® logo in advertising.  Their company information will be listed on the WoolSafe website (www.woolsafe.org) as well as the Wools of New Zealand (www.woolsnz.com) websites.  Becoming a WoolSafe Service Provider will give the company additional recognition and credibility with clients, retailers and designers.


OSHA Requirement for Hazard Communication Standard Training by 12/1/13

OSHA revised its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) and published it in the Federal Register in March 2012 (77 FR 17574). Two significant changes contained in the revised standard require the use of new labeling elements and a standardized format for Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), formerly known as, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs). The new label elements and SDS requirements will improve worker understanding of the hazards associated with the chemicals in their workplace.

The first compliance date of the revised HCS is December 1, 2013. By that time employers must have trained their workers on the new label elements and the SDS format. This training is needed early in the transition process since workers are already beginning to see the new labels and SDSs on the chemicals in their workplace. To ensure employees have the information they need to better protect themselves from chemical hazards in the workplace during the transition period, it is critical that employees understand the new label and SDS formats.

Read the rest of the OSHA Fact Sheet: December 1st, 2013 Training Requirements for the Revised Hazard Communication Standard


OSHA’s Revised Hazard Communication Standard Imposes New Training Requirements By Dec. 1, 2013

New OSHA Hazard Communication Standard Requires Re-labeling Employee Training and Other Steps

OSHA’s Revised Hazard Communication Standard imposes Significant new Requirements: Are You Ready?

Quick Tips: Safety Data Sheets Under the New Globally Harmonized System

Policy: Hazard Communication Standard Policy for Non-Laboratory Workers

OSHA Resources

Hazard Communication – index

Fact Sheet: December 1st, 2013 Training Requirements for the Revised Hazard Communication Standard

Brief: Hazard Communication Standard: Labels and Pictograms

Fact Sheet: Hazard Communication Standard Final Rule

Quick Cards (English and Spanish)

Read the Final Rule

To better protect workers from hazardous chemicals, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration revised its Hazard Communication Standard, aligning it with the United Nations' global chemical labeling system. The standard will prevent an estimated 43 deaths and result in an estimated $475.2 million in enhanced productivity for U.S. businesses each year

OSHA Releases Final Hazard Communication Rule

The Wait Is Over – OSHA Publishes Final Hazard Communication Standard

OSHA Announces Alignment of Haz Comm Standard with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals

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Update HB909 - A Great Victory

Great victory for the restoration industry and every homeowner in the state of Florida

Submitted by Harvey Cohen


                        This year in the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida State Senate, lawmakers came together in an attempt to fix citizens insurance which is a state run insurer of last resort in Florida. They included some amendments in their bills that would have destroyed the homeowner's right to assign their post loss benefits to restoration companies. What that means for restoration companies in Florida is that they would no longer have the protections of an assignment of benefits.

 House Bill 909 and Senate Bill 1770 had horrible language that would've hurt all of the homeowners in the state of Florida and essentially destroy the restoration industry.  Harvey Cohen of Cohen Battisti attorneys at Law met with other attorneys and his clients from different areas throughout the state of Florida. In Tallahassee we went to work lobbying to destroy the bill or the amendment that would take away the homeowners right to assign their benefits. This was truly a grass roots effort on behalf of all of our restoration friends. Many restoration company owners and employees wrote letters, made phone calls, and sent emails to their State representative letting them know that we oppose any law that would take away the homeowners right to assign the post loss benefit. We were a huge success. We were able to have the state representatives strike all language regarding anti-assignments and therefore all anti-assignment language was taken out of their bill.

This had the opposite effect of what the insurance industry had anticipated. Instead of destroying the restoration industry, they have made us all more united and therefore stronger. For example, many Restoration companies have joined forces to start a new association that represents restoration companies in the state of Florida. It doesn't matter if you are an independent restoration company or a big corporate owned company or whether you're on a preferred vendor list or not. If the insurance industry gets to dictate prices it will hurt us all and essentially destroy a great industry.

It is important to support our cause in Florida even if you're not from Florida. Florida, California, New York and a couple of other states are always leading the way for new laws. You can be assured if any bad bill that hurts the industry and helps the insurance industry passes in Florida, it won't be long before it comes to your state.



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