With all the talk about ANSI accreditation, the increasing responsibilities of the IICRC committee should come as no surprise.
With all the talk about ANSI accreditation, the increasing
responsibilities of the IICRC committee should come as no surprise. Part of the
IICRC’s commitment to ensure that our industry has a clear voice when it comes
to legislation that affects us all means we must educate officials about the
importance of standards and training.
Our industry is impacted daily by some form of federal or
state legislation and regulation, yet, until recently, we have had very little
input into the legislative and regulatory processes. The IICRC’s involvement
began at the state level a few years ago, and since then, has expanded to
federal agencies like the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Homeland
Security, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and others, to
represent the interests of IICRC registrants at a national level. And as the
IICRC continues to grow internationally, we will look to broaden our reach and
have a presence in all legislative and regulatory arenas in countries covered
by our organization.
Our government affairs consultant, Dan Bernazzani, and IICRC
executive administrator Tom Hill recently attended the The National Conference
of State Legislatures (NCSL) Legislative Summit in San Antonio, Texas. NCSL is
the bipartisan voice of the states serving the legislators and staffs of the
nation’s 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. The summit provides the
perfect opportunity for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing issues
facing states today.
One state the IICRC has been working with is Virginia. After
a review of the IICRC’s Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT)
certification, the state of Virginia has determined that the IICRC
certification AMRT is substantially equivalent to the Virginia Board for
Asbestos, Lead, Mold, and Home Inspectors’ (Board) Mold Remediator Worker
Currently, IICRC registrants who successfully complete the
AMRT certification in Virginia will now be accepted as a Virginia mold
licensure in the state. Since AMRT is equivalent to Virginia’s Mold Remediator
Worker License, IICRC-certified schools do not need to apply to be approved
Wins like this in Virginia are reassuring reminders that the
IICRC’s involvement in government affairs will continue to help government
entities make better and more informed decisions when it comes to cleaning,
restoration and inspection.