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December Standards Update

IICRC Standards Update

S500 Published
The newly-revised, ANSI-approved ANSI/IICRC S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration (4th edition, 2015) has recently been published.  

According to S500 Chairman Mickey Lee, the primary revisions made to the Standard and Reference Guide since the 2006 edition was published, include the following:  

• Redefined the classes of water intrusion to offer a more objective means of estimating the evaporation load in a building, basing it on amount of affected materials to be dried rather than by vague descriptions.

• Restructured the  inspections and structural restoration chapters to flow generally in the order a restorer would perform the activities on a typical water intrusion project, making them more usable and easier to follow.

• Consolidated information and recommended guidance on various materials which previously was scattered in three chapters (i.e. Building Science, Inspections, Structural Restoration) and placed them into a more user-friendly Table of Materials and Assemblies.

• Provided a rationale for airmover placement based on amount of wet, affected surfaces that is applicable to all classes of water intrusions.

• Strengthened the third-party references in the building science, microbiology, psychrometrics and drying technology chapters to reflect third party research and enhance their credibility.   

For a more in-depth explanation of the S500 and revisions made, the standards team has recorded an informational webinar. Hosted by Standards Director Mili Washington, Standards Chair Howie Wolf and S500 Consensus Body Chair Mickey Lee, the presentation is located here.

To purchase a copy of the new ANSI/IICRC S500: 2015 and other standards, visit the IICRC Standards Subscription website at http://publications.iicrc.org or the IICRC webstore at http://webstore.iicrc.org.
 
S520 Published
The newly-revised, ANSI-approved ANSI/IICRC S520 Standard for Professional Mold Remediation and IICRC R520 Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation (3rd edition, 2015) have been published.

According to S520 Consensus Body Chairman Jim Pearson, the primary revisions made to the Standard and Reference Guide since the 2008 edition was published, include the following:  

• The Reference Guide has been separated from the Standard for ANSI review and the documents are more streamlined for better usability.

• All references and definitions have been updated and complex language has been clarified.

• The Standard is more internationally acceptable with the inclusion of international measurements compliant with Global Harmonization System (GHS) requirements.

• Enhanced rules added for negative pressure containments used in sensitive environments.

• Lead based paint and coatings clarified to reflect compliance with EPA’s renovation, repair and painting (RRP) program.

• Temperature extremes, either hot or cold, should not be used as an alternative to cleaning procedures and physical removal of mold contamination.

• Text related to misting is now less stringent. Language strengthened to read – “Remediators should not mist or fog disinfectants or sanitizers in an attempt to kill mold in lieu of complete source removal.”

• Insurance information has been changed and amplified to help restorers obtain the proper pollution coverage for their work. Professional liability coverage when rendering opinions is recommended.

• It is recommended that HVAC systems are not to be used for dehumidification or drying during a mold remediation project.

• Remediators may perform Post Remediation Evaluation (PRE) and IEPs may perform Post Remediation Verification (PRV).

• If the IEP conducting assessment or PRV is not independent from the remediator, they should disclose in writing to the client that they are deviating from the Standard.

• If the IEP conducting any activity such as assessment or post-remediation verification is not independent from the remediator, they should disclose this “complexity” in writing to the client that they are deviating from the Standard.

• If the project involves post remediation verification by an IEP, it should be conducted prior to application of coatings: including resurfacers, repair coatings or HVAC sealants.

According to IICRC Standards Chairman Howard Wolf, "The goal of this revision was to address specific issues that add clarity and enhance the user’s experience. We are very excited to share this document with the industry."

For a more in-depth explanation of the S520 and revisions made, the standards team has recorded an informational webinar. Hosted by Standards Director Mili Washington, Standards Chair Howie Wolf, S520 Consensus Body Chair Jim Pearson and Vice Chair Scott Armour, the presentation is located here.

To purchase a copy of the new ANSI/IICRC S520: 2015 and other standards, visit the IICRC Standards Subscription website at http://publications.iicrc.org or the IICRC webstore at http://webstore.iicrc.org.

Standards Subscription Website
Just a reminder that the IICRC recently launched a new standards subscription website allowing IICRC instructors and schools, Certified Firms and registrants to access standards, reference guides, technical papers and multimedia publications from anywhere an Internet connection is available. The site is located at http://publications.iicrc.org.

Standards website subscriptions are available in basic and premium packages. The basic package provides online access to all current IICRC standards and reference guides. The premium subscription also provides access to historical standards, new and updated technical papers, MoU partner organizations’ reference documents and standards, and multimedia publications including instructional videos. Both are offered as annual subscriptions.

Discounted rates are available for firms requiring multiple users. Instructors and Schools will receive complimentary access to the premium subscription.  

For a demonstration for IICRC registrants and Certified Firms, click here.

For a demonstration for IICRC instructors, schools and distributors, click here.

For more information about the Standards Subscription Website, contact Standards Director Mili Washington at mili@iicrc.org.




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