Hurricane Season: Are You Ready When Disaster Strikes?
Forecasters are predicting that the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season is expected to be more active than years past, with 16 named storms and up to nine hurricanes predicted. To help offer customers peace of mind following a hurricane, the IICRC offers nine relevant certifications within the restoration division.
In addition to IICRC certifications, the IICRC’s Disaster Resource Center features valuable information about how to prepare for natural disasters, including emergency supply checklists, preparation timelines, evacuation plans and tips on minimizing damage.
For more information about certifications, visit www.iicrccert.org. To view the Disaster Resource Center, visit www.iicrc.org/IICRCResources.
In Case You Missed it: Live Stream Courses Now Available
To support constituents throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Live-Stream courses are now available. Virtual classrooms are limited to 20 participants, so don’t delay!
Courses available include: Building Moisture Thermography (BMT), Carpet Cleaning Technician (CCT), Commercial Drying Specialist (CDS), Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Technician (FSRT), House Cleaning Technician (HCT), Health and Safety Technician (HST), Intro to Substrate and Subfloor Inspection (ISSI), Odor Control Technician (OCT), Rug Cleaning Technician (RCT), Carpet Repair and Reinstallation Technician (RRT), Stone, Masonry and Ceramic Tile Cleaning Technician (SMT), Trauma and Crime Scene Technician (TCST), Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician (UFT), Wood Floor Maintenance Technician (WFMT), and Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT).
For more information or to find a course, visit iicrc.org/livestreaming.
Exam Registration How-To
Having difficulty registering for live-stream course exams? The IICRC recently released a video outlining the steps to register for the live-stream online exam. The video shows the three-step process of registering using the exam registration link, information to include in the registration form and how to process payment.
For more information or to view the video, visit www.iicrc.org/LiveStreamExamRegistration.
Chats with the Chairman
Chairman of the Board, Kevin Pearson, is hosting a monthly video series that features interviews with some of the leading members of the cleaning, restoration and inspection industries. The live episodes air on the 15th of each month and feature laid-back conversations regarding trending topics in the cleaning, restoration and inspection industries.
The videos can be found on the IICRC website and YouTube page. To stay updated on upcoming Chats with the Chairman, subscribe to the “TheIICRC” on YouTube or visit www.iicrc.org/VideoLibrary.
One can also visit www.iicrc.org/chatswiththechairman for info.
REMINDER: OSHA 10 HST Course No Longer Accepted
As of Nov. 1, the IICRC is no longer accepting the OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Training or equivalent for the Health and Safety Technician (HST) course for Master Designations. OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Training provides broad safety information but lacks specific details in numerous areas that are necessary for cleaning, restoration and inspection professionals to know and implement.
The HST course from the IICRC is designed to put restoration and cleaning professionals ahead of the competition regarding health and safety. The two-day, 14-hour course covers topics such as OSHA standards, inspections, citations and penalties, record keeping, personal protective equipment (PPE), hazard communication, hazardous materials, confined spaces and bloodborne pathogens.
Those who previously earned their Master Designations with OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Training HST equivalent will maintain their designation. OSHA 10-Hour General Industry or equivalent OSHA course will be accepted through Oct. 31.