ICS Magazine

Setting the Standard - Again

December 9, 2003
The publishing of S520 Mold Remediation Standard and Reference Guide once again demonstrates what can be accomplished when key industry players are brought together to collaborate in writing a standard.

As with previously published standards, the IICRC has again stepped up, above and beyond the ordinary. Thanks to IICRC Standards Chair Larry Cooper and his outstanding committee, the IICRC has pulled off another huge accomplishment with S520. But don't take my word for it; the document does a far better job in speaking for itself.

This is IICRC's fourth industry standard, standing alongside the S100 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Carpet Cleaning, the S300 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Upholstery Cleaning and the S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration.

Larry Cooper and Barry Costa, along with IICRC Technical Advisor Jeff Bishop, have been involved in writing and revising all of the IICRC standards, but unlike the three previous standards, the S520 is taking us to places we've never been, aligning us with industries we had previously only heard about. We have truly grown a full notch as an industry, and we should be proud!

Although the three main designers were the IICRC, the Indoor Air Quality Association and the Indoor Environmental Institute, there were more than 20 different associations involved, including AIHA, The National Air Duct Cleaners Association, the American Indoor Air Quality Council and the International Society of Cleaning Technicians. More than 120 people worked on the various committees. Three hundred and fifty individuals were tapped to participate in the peer review, and the document was finished up by a legal review team of four lawyers and an editing committee composed of four professional editors.

There are so many people to thank (and so little space to do it in) that I want to say, on behalf of myself and the IICRC, thank you very much to all of you (you know who you are). No one will ever know just how much time, energy and money you have all personally invested in the writing of this standard.

The S520 Mold Remediation Standard and Reference Guide will continue to be reviewed and revised as industry-specific information changes. The S520 is a living document, meaning it will under go regular review and revision when and where necessary. This review process will begin immediately after publication in January 2004.

Yes, a group of the standards committee will soon reconvene and simultaneously review and revise S520, as well as the S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration. Bear in mind that S500 was last revised in 1999. Drying technology has changed immensely since then and, of course, the IICRC has since created the applied structural drying course that has taken the water restoration and insurance industries by storm. S500 now needs updating. This is what we have to look forward to in 2004.

The next time you are at an industry function, certification school or trade show and you see one of the S520 contributors, take a minute to meet them and thank them for their unselfish hard work. These people are a true credit to our industry.