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NEW LAW JANUARY 1ST TO REGULATE WHO CAN CLEAN A CRIME AND DEATH SCENE IN GEORGIA

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NEW LAW JANUARY 1ST TO REGULATE WHO CAN
CLEAN A CRIME AND DEATH SCENE IN GEORGIA

ATLANTA - Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed House Bill 417 into law on August 4, 2020 regulating the crime, trauma and death scene cleaning industry. State leaders took decisive action following numerous complaints and findings of unethical practices, illegal dumping of human remains and countless acts of theft in homes. Some companies were revictimizing families. “I’m glad to sign HB 417 to create a level playing field in the crime scene cleanup industry and protect Georgians from bad actors,” Governor Kemp said.

Georgia Legislators drafted HB 417 to protect families and business from predatory service providers who were slipping through the cracks. Industry leaders in Georgia Assembled together and worked tirelessly with state legislators for more than 4 years to see this law come to fruition. “The genesis of this protection came from a national association of professional trauma scene cleanup businesses and many from Georgia who were concerned with proper remediation and proper humane disposal,” Georgia Representative Alan Powell said. “We have corrected a situation of citizens being victimized while they are vulnerable.”

As of January 1, 2021, this new law will require business owners to undergo fingerprinting, background checks, drug screenings and provide proof of all required insurances to perform services for the public. This law also establishes a statewide database available to the public, funeral directors, coroners, medical examiners and to public safety by listing all registered licensed service providers in Georgia. Qualified and vetted services providers can be found statewide by zip code or county where the services are required by utilizing the newly established State Directory at Cleaner911.org. Reviews of service providers will become available as the directory grows to better aid the public.

“This is a huge game changer for the betterment of the Trauma Cleanup industry. The new law will not only protect victims from being re-victimized, but Georgia will lead the country for the betterment of the industry and victims,” Georgia Clean Owner and Georgia Bio Recovery Association President Gordy Powell said.

This new law has been endorsed by heavy hitting trade industries:
AIR / Alliance of Independent Restorers
ABRA / American Bio-Recovery Association
IICRC / Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification
NFIB / National Federation of Independent Business
RIA / Restoration Industry Association
SCRT / Society of Cleaning and Restoration Technicians

News Story Link / WGCL-TV CBS46

CONTACT: Gordy Powell
President / Georgia Bio Recovery Association & Cleaner911.org
2165 Canton Road Marietta, Georgia 30066
/ 404-606-6224

IICRC Board of Directors Elects 2021 Executive Committee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

IICRC Board of Directors Elects 2021 Executive Committee LAS VEGAS – October 21, 2020 –

Following the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification’s (IICRC) 2021 Board of Directors election earlier this month, the IICRC Board is announcing today the election of its Executive Committee.

The IICRC Executive Committee oversees the operations of the organization and, together with the Board, represents the interests of all IICRC constituents. Each major decision made within the organization is brought before both the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.

The 2021 Board of Directors Executive Committee includes:
• Kevin Pearson: Chairman of the Board
• Carey Vermeulen: Chair-Elect
• David Hodge: First Vice President
• Joe Dobbins: Second Vice President
• Scott Mitseff: Treasurer
• Robert Pettyjohn: Secretary

Additional members of the 2021 Board of Directors include:
• Bryan Brainerd
• Robert Blochinger
• Mark Drozdov
• Craig Kersemeier
• Tony Macaluso
• Leslie Morrow
• Darrell Paulson
• Ryan Tasovac
• James Tole

For more information about the 2020-2021 Board of Directors, please visit https://www.iicrc.org/IICRCBOD.

About the IICRC The IICRC is a global standards developing organization (SDO), accredited through the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), 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, has an impact around the world. The IICRC does not own schools, employ instructors, produce training materials, or promote specific products brands, cleaning methods, or systems. For more information, visit www.iicrc.org.
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