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Georgia Senate Bill 153

ATLANTA — May 16, 2019 — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp vetoed Senate Bill 153, which would have regulated the crime scene clean-up industry through the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI). Had the bill become law, companies performing crime scene clean-up in Georgia would have been required to register, carry proper insurance, and employ technicians that were background checked, fingerprinted, and drug screened.

According to the governor’s veto message, he chose not to sign the bill because it had not received adequate review and fiscal analysis. The message states, “Senate Bill 153 would impose unfunded and extensive regulation on the crime- and trauma-scene cleaning services industry through the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.” It goes on to explain that the Georgia Occupational Regulation Review Council (GORRC) must review and approve all new occupational regulations in the state. According to the governor’s message, the crime scene clean-up bill did not receive mandated review and approval by GORRC.

The bill, which would have made Georgia the first state to regulate crime scene clean-up, came about three years after a CBS46investigation into the industry revealed that the absence of regulations was resulting in unprofessional and damaging behavior by some companies. CBS46 found that members of one business were taking light-hearted photographs with victims’ personal belongings. Such actions reflect a lack of respect for the solemn work of crime scene clean-up.

Although the bill passed both the Georgia House and Senate, the governor’s veto means that crime scene clean-up will remain an unregulated industry for now.

RIA and IICRC Announce Strategic Partnership

RIA and IICRC Announce Strategic Partnership

The Restoration Industry Association, Inc. (RIA) and the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) announce a strategic partnership to enable each organization to focus on its core mission and which will help elevate knowledge and professionalism within the industry.

In addition to providing an expanding list of rigorous educational programs, RIA hosts trade shows and conferences which highlight the latest technology, industry trends, best business practices, and regulatory developments.  

IICRC is the leader for certification programs in the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries.  And as an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards developer, the Institute's standards, which are the product of a balanced consensus body and public review, literally set the standard of care for cleaning and remediation.  

Both RIA and IICRC understand the necessity to advocate on behalf of the industry in the face of ever-increasing regulation. 

Pursuant to our partnership, RIA shall continue to develop its educational programs, but the actual administration of its respected designations shall be done by IICRC.  The Institute will be able to offer and market RIA programs not only to RIA members, but to thousands of IICRC certified firms and tens of thousands of IICRC registrants.  

Recognizing the benefit of RIA's trade shows and conferences, the Institute looks forward to continued sponsorship opportunities which will enhance the profile and exposure of IICRC certifications and standards. 

In addition, the Institute shall build up the years of work, and thousands of RIA volunteer hours, by forming a consensus body for the BSR/IICRC S700: Standard for Professional Smoke and Fire Restoration.  Thanks to this strategic partnership, an ANSI-approved fire standard will be brought to the marketplace.

Finally, leadership from both RIA and IICRC shall form an Industry Advocacy Task Force to identify issues, and the means of addressing such issues, for the mutual benefit of RIA's and IICRC's constituency.  Advocacy has long been a RIA focus, and RIA welcomes the Institute's involvement and perspective.  

This strategic partnership is the product of countless volunteer hours by individuals dedicated to the industry.  The resultant agreement recognizes more can be done to move the industry forward when RIA and IICRC support each other in achieving our core missions.  

IICRC Seeking Nominations for 2019 Board of Directors

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IICRC Seeking Nominations for 2019 Board of Directors

Las Vegas – May 1, 2019 – The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification(IICRC) is soliciting nominations for four open seats on its Board of Directors to serve a 3-year term. Interested nominees should possess industry knowledge and experience, and be willing to contribute to the mission and ideals of the IICRC. Submissions are due no later than May 31.

“Serving on the IICRC Board of Directors provides the opportunity to give back to the industry,” said Pete Duncanson, Chairman of the IICRC. “We are seeking experienced and passionate individuals, interested in driving the industry forward.”

Director nominees should be individuals who are dedicated to achieving IICRC objectives, which include, but are not limited to: 

  • Being the leading independent, non-profit, certification and standard-setting body in the inspection, cleaning and restoration service industries 
  • Setting and promoting high ethical standards
  • Advancing communication, collaboration and technical proficiency within the industry

The IICRC is governed by a 15-member Board of Directors. Each year, directors are elected to the Board by IICRC Shareholders. Nominations are then vetted by the Nominating Committee to ensure each nominee satisfies eligibility requirements as per IICRC policy.

To submit a nomination, visit https://www.iicrc.org/BODNominee2019 and fill out the nomination form by 9 p.m. PT, May 31, 2019.

For more information about the IICRC Board of Directors nomination and election process, or to receive a copy of the IICRC’s nomination policy, please contact Chiara Astriab, IICRCGovernance Coordinator, at .

About IICRC
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, visit www.iicrc.org.

IICRC to Host First Ever Leadership Workshop

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IICRC to Host First Ever Leadership Workshop

LAS VEGAS – March 18, 2019 – The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) will host a free Leadership Workshop, Friday, March 29, at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The full-day event will feature discussions on how to make leaders in the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries, as well as provide guidance on leadership in the standards-setting and certification environment.  

“This is the first leadership workshop of its kind for the Institute, and we’re excited to be able to offer it to our industry colleagues for free,” said Pete Duncanson, IICRC Chairman. “Encouraging leadership growth in the areas of inspection, cleaning and restoration will allow the industry to expand and improve. We’re excited to honor our mission to deepen leadership ties to the industries we serve.”

Kicking off the workshop with a two-part presentation on effective leadership is general session speaker Jeffrey Cufaude. Cufaude will discuss both timeless and timely leadership practices and principals, including: the distinctions between leadership and management, the five practices of extraordinary leadership, specific leadership practices needed right now and more.

The workshop will also feature two breakout sessions on the role of leadership in Standards, with Standards Director Mili Washington; and Certifications, with Certification Exam Developer Jennifer Bethke.

Attendees will receive seven CEC hours for one full-day of attendance and IICRC Approved Instructors will receive one point for one full-day of attendance.

For more information on the workshop agenda, general session speaker or to register for the event, visit https://www.iicrc.org/2019LeadershipWorkshop.

 

About IICRC
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 47,000 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 www.iicrc.org.

Brandon Burton Named IICRC Standards Chairman

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Brandon Burton

Named IICRC Standards Chairman

 

LAS VEGAS – Jan. 29, 2019 – The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) today announced Brandon Burton as its new Standards Chairman. Effective Jan. 1, 2019, Burton took over for longstanding Standards Chairman Howard Wolf.

“I’m excited to take on this new role within the IICRC,” said Burton. “Howie left some big shoes to fill, but I’m eager to begin this next chapter, and further develop the IICRC Standards program.”

Brandon has served the cleaning and restoration industry since 1995, with past employment as the Technical Director for Legend Brands and Training Director for the Restoration Sciences Academy.

Throughout his more than 20 years in the industry, Burton has worked to support rapidly developing technology and industry best practices, with a passion for promoting the industry’s continued growth and professionalism.

Brandon is an approved IICRC instructor in the categories of Applied Structural Drying (ASD) and Water Damage Restoration (WRT), and serves as the Vice Chair of the ANSI/IICRC S500 Consensus Body with a tenure of nearly 20 years as an active voting member.

“We’d like to thank Howard Wolf for his groundbreaking work as Standards Chairman for the last 6 years,” said Mili Washington, IICRC Standards Director. “Under Howie’s able leadership, we successfully launched the Standards subscription website, revised and published multiple American National Standards and initiated the development of several new industry Standards.”

For more information, or a photo of Burton, please contact Jennifer Petersen at.

About IICRC
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 47,000 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 www.iicrc.org

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