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December International Updates

International Office Updates

IICRC Asia Pacific

The IICRC Asia Pacific instructors converged in Sydney on 14 November to attend the 2014 IICRC Certification Council meeting. The meeting commenced with a presentation from new IICRC Board member, Steven Spivak, Ph.D. on "A New Paradigm [model] and Recent Trends in National & International Standards and Certification." Dr. Spivak discussed the challenges with the “business” of standards and how the trend has moved from products and processes to strategy and management-based standards. He also discussed how today’s standard developers need to operate and function in a wider environment – more regionally and internationally. This presentation prompted some valuable discussions and carried throughout the day.
This presentation was followed by IICRC President Patrick Winters, who discussed the IICRC’s 2014 achievements and new strategies for the upcoming year. He advised the audience that the Instructor Symposium for 2015 will held in conjunction with ISSA in Las Vegas in October 2015.
Continuing with the Standards theme, Mili Washington, IICRC Standards Director, described the stringent development process that IICRC undertakes for all its standards and talked about the expected launch dates for the standards currently being developed and reviewed.
One of the key achievements for 2014 for IICRC was the launch of The Journal – the IICRC’s technical journal. This bimonthly resource is a project that has been years in development and has been very well received since its launch in February of this year. Journal editor John Downey was interviewed for the meeting and discussed the new developments to be expected in 2015.

The Asia Pacific office also attended the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists Inc. (AIOH) Conference in Melbourne, on the 1st and 2nd of December. The AIOH’s overall objective is to represent and advance the profession of occupational hygienists, who help ensure that workplace health hazards that may result in injury, illness and impairment, are eliminated or controlled.  This was new territory for IICRC Asia Pacific, and was a fantastic opportunity to communicate with other industries and raise awareness of IICRC Standards and certifications. We look forward to continuing this relationship and to maintaining an ongoing presence within related industries in order to realise IICRC’s core mission of promoting an international standard of care.

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