Preparedness Plans

Even though we’re well into October, IICRC Certified Firms from across the country continue to assist those who sustained hurricane damage in the lower southeastern United States. For technicians looking for guidance on how they can prepare and respond during the next weather catastrophe, the IICRC has pulled together a list of considerations to review. Visit for this list.

Call for Volunteers: Development of First Ever Field Guides

IICRC is seeking volunteers to serve on the development committees for two, first of their kind, field guides to help improve the health and safety practices of professional disaster restoration and cleaning professionals.

The new documents titled, “IICRC Field Guide for Safety and Health for Professional Cleaners” and “IICRC Field Guide for Safety and Health for Disaster Restoration Professionals,” will supplement existing IICRC restoration standards and certification classes.  The guides will include valuable information about safety and health hazard identification procedures, safe work practices and control methods that prudent disaster restoration and cleaning professionals should employ.

Committee members can expect to begin work on the standard by the end of 2017 with all meetings being held online and via conference calls. The new field guides are expected to be completed in approximately one year.

Those interested in serving on a field guide committee can fill out the downloadable application forms at the links below: forms found at

IICRC Field Guide for Safety and Health for Professional Cleaners

IICRC Field Guide for Safety and Health for Disaster Restoration Professionals

Complete applications should be emailed to IICRC Standards Director Mili Washington at Please note, separate application forms are required for each field guide committee.

S500 Statement of Interpretation

After receiving questions pertaining to the ANSI/IICRC S500: 2015 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration and the use of air filtration devices (AFD’s) in different categories of water intrusions,  the IICRC’s S500 consensus body has released a Statement of Interpretation (PDF) to clarify and interpret the relevant language. To read the Statement of Interpretation, visit the IICRC website at