- THE MAGAZINE
The IICRC is committed to representing the cleaning, inspection and restoration industry to the best of its ability.
Part of the commitment involves working with government agencies and officials. We do this not only to ensure that our industry has a voice at the table when it comes to legislation, but also to help educate others about the importance of standards and proper training.
The events of Hurricane Katrina five years ago increased coverage and discussion of water damage, and the increasing number of floods we’ve seen since have brought issues regarding reputable cleaning and restoration specialists to the forefront. Many states started to consider legislation that would require licensing or education for mold remediation work, and the IICRC wants to make sure its registrants are included in these conversations.
How have we worked with government specifically? As I mentioned last month, the IICRC Government Affairs Committee worked with Louisiana to include the IICRC as one of several recognized training providers meeting the criteria for mold remediation licensing, which the state now requires. Training provided by IICRC-sponsored classes will now help practitioners in that state secure the licensing needed to be a mold remediation contractor.
Some of you have also heard about our work with the State of Kentucky. This past summer, the commonwealth passed HB44, which requires that companies operating in Kentucky apply the five general principles of ANSI/IICRC S520 Mold Remediation Standards. In addition to actively participating in the standards setting process, the IICRC is providing insights and recommendations to state officials as they develop the regulatory language to accompany the bill.
While working to ensure the industry is properly represented in legislation, the IICRC also devotes time to developing relationships with people and organizations that influence governmental activities. IICRC efforts range from providing FEMA with copies of the S500 and S520 standards after the flooding in Tennessee – which the FEMA estimator noted he found useful for estimating the cost of restoration operations – to networking with the people who develop insurance policies at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ annual convention.
All of our activities support the mission of the IICRC Government Affairs Committee: to grow and maintain IICRC awareness of state and federal legislative activity throughout the United States while facilitating relationships and understanding on behalf of the inspection, cleaning and restoration industry. Our goal is to help government entities make better, more informed decisions when it comes to cleaning, restoration and inspection.
Ultimately, these efforts benefit the industry, registrants and practitioners, and consumers.