ICS Magazine

SCRT News, Views and Updates

July 7, 2011

Great news! SCRT’s Facebook page can now be accessed by going to facebook.com/scrt.org. You now have access to a new place to discuss business questions and ideas, receive the latest information on events, and stay up to date with current SCRT news. It is also a great way for you to connect with other members. Don’t forget to push the “like” button when you get there!

The Georgia chapter of SCRT held a meeting May 9 at Truckmounts & Cleaning Solutions in Norcross, Ga. Mark Cornelius, Chapter Secretary, presented the program for the evening. Mark is an IICRC WRT and FRST instructor, as well as an approved trainer for the OSHA 10-hour safety training course.

In addition to owning his own restoration business, Mark is a volunteer fire fighter. He created and presented an informational two-part program on some of the safety issues facing our industry. The first hour focused primarily on how confined space requirements affect restoration professionals.

After a brief break for refreshments and socializing, Mark shared his presentation on Personal Protective Equipment. He explained the four levels of PPE as defined by OSHA and gave some guidelines on how to select the right protection for the job and specific hazard. In addition to his presentation, Mark brought a variety of safety equipment for us to pass around, including his fireman’s turn-out gear.

Over 20 members were expected to attend, but several were unable to be there because of storm related damage from the previous week’s tornados. Plenty of good food and great conversation was enjoyed by everyone who was able to attend.

SCRT Board Member Carey Mitchell, Technical Director of Shaw Industries, attended the meeting and was kind enough to linger and answer questions and chat with members. We appreciate Bruce and Joanna DeLoatch from Cleaner’s Coach for helping to make this a great chapter meeting. The next Georgia Chapter meeting is scheduled for August 24 at Jon-Don in Atlanta, with Bill Yeadon presenting a program on upholstery cleaning.

Doug Moerschbacher announces that the organizational meeting of the Pennsylvania Chapter of SCRT will be held on July 12 at 105 N. Main Street in Pleasant Gap, PA. Further information will be available on the SCRT website, PA Chapter page, or contact Doug at 814.359.4414 or doug@cleansweepp.net.

The NE Ohio Chapter of SCRT held a meeting on May 17 in Medina, Ohio. Our mediator, Ron Valega from the TMC Group, led a round table discussion on the topic of “How to handle large Water Loss Calls.” Ron covered topics of interest to the entire group who participated in the open forum format, and shared documents such as phone scripts and work flowcharts from estimating through billing. Safety topics were covered as well. Copies of handouts provided by Ron can be requested by email to tomemtb@gmail.com.

For more information on chapter meetings, board appointments and anything else regarding the SCRT, go to www.scrt.org.