The American Bio-Recovery Association has initiated an industry relationship program to connect with those trades and services directly related to its own, reaching out to the leaders of organizations such as NOVA (National Organization of Victims Assistance) and ISP (International Suicide Prevention), as well as author Bill Jenkins (What to do After the Police Leave) and nationally recognized independent adjuster Peter J. Crosa. These are but a few who serve on ABRA’s board of advisors.

It says something about ABRA’s confidence in the program that, in any given disaster response, the association can call on and consult with the board of advisors so that any family, business or community being assisted can be confident that their needs are paramount and are being addressed in the most professional manner possible. ABRA believes this will greatly benefit all industries involved, while also serving the greater need of those who directly benefit from any combination of services. During a disaster, this venture can create better and greater communications and expand shared resources in equipment, manpower and supplies, as well as show strength in unity and numbers. ABRA believes that a proactive stance such as this is what the bio-recovery industry needs. Realizing that no contingency plan is perfect, ABRA has set up its board of advisors so that each disaster response can be immediately tailored to fit the specific scenario. These same professionals may also be called upon to offer their views or insights on any by-law changes or amendments to policies and procedures that make up ABRA’s core structure.

The ABRA Stamp of Approval

Should you want to include bio-recovery recovery services to your company’s list of services, you can feel confident that you can search for supplies and equipment that have been field tested and have met ABRA’s high standards for blood, body fluid and tissue cleaning and recovery. You might have seen the latest catalog posting for Kimberly Clark’s Ultra Kleen Guard; ABRA recognizes this product as the only recommended coverall for this type of cleaning due to its high resistance to fluid penetration, which provides maximum protection for the technician. And while OSHA recognizes the N-95 respirator as the standard for bio-recovery, ABRA takes it a step further. Though the N-95 is sufficient for other personal protection, ABRA recommends a full-face, hermetically sealed respirator that offers not only respiratory protection but eye protection as well. The hermetically sealed fit allows technicians to be confident that no airborne pathogens will harm them.

You can view ABRA’s new board of advisors and ABRA-recognized products by visiting the new ABRA Web site being launched this fall at ABRA will also be hosting its annual conference – open to all – at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas, Sept. 22-24.