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IICRC Announces 2014-2015 Board of Directors

IICRC Announces 2014-2015 Board of Directors

VANCOUVER, Wash. Oct. 21, 2014 - The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) today announced the election of five new members to comprise the 2014-2015 Board of Directors. Elections were held during the IICRC's October shareholder meeting in Vancouver, Wash.

Tony Wheelwright was re-elected Chairman of the IICRC Board of Directors. In this capacity, Wheelwright will also serve as Chairman of the Executive Committee which includes: Pete Duncanson, first vice president; Joe Hughes, second vice president; Jenny Boymal, international vice president; Norm Maia, treasurer; Kevin Pearson, secretary; and Darrell Paulson, immediate past Chairman. Patrick Winters will continue to serve as the IICRC President.

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Clean Care Seminars Discounted On-Line Courses

Clean Care Seminars

Discounted On-Line Courses

For

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. 

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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. 

Read more: Woolsafe Offers Discount to ICRA (SCRT) Members

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.

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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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