A few weeks ago, Annissa did a video column covering the “O & P Debate” – that is, the overhead and profit debate. It has been a topic of heated debate in some restoration industry Facebook groups in the past few months (including the group you can read about in this issue on page 28), and seemed to come to a head in mid-January when some people were simply tired of talking about it. The basic premise of the debate is: should contractors be able to charge O&P, should carriers pay it out and how much, and if so, how can we make that happen?

As this debate progressed, before Annissa’s video with her take on the debate, the conversation had led to some bullying and close-mindedness. I understand some conversations become hot-button issues, and people often get burned out having the same discussion over and over again. However, I would like to take a moment to encourage everyone in restoration to continue to uplift each other, and to engage in respectful (even if a bit heated) discussions. It is important to remember not everyone is at the same level as everyone else professionally, personally, in business, or otherwise. While there are true veterans in this industry who have a wealth of knowledge, there are others who are new – and trying very hard to learn. I’m not suggesting everyone be “PC” (politically correct) or hold back their opinions, even if conflicting. I’m merely suggesting there are better, more constructive ways to express opinions without tearing others down or making others feel stupid. Just because you’re behind a computer screen does not mean you have the right to bully.

Stepping off my soapbox now, I want to let you know we are now accepting nominations for the 3rd Annual Recognizing Women in Restoration campaign! You can find everything you need to know at www.randrmagonline.com/womeninrestoration. Nominations are due by Friday, March 16. And as before, nominees must have at least 10 years of experience in the industry.

Now, let’s talk for a minute about the February issue! Much of this issue focuses on indoor air quality. Starting on page 16, learn some strategies and uses for air purification systems. Then, on page 20, Michael Pinto embarks on part 2 of his series on cleaning structures for chemically sensitized individuals. Plus, Annissa talks about how to get paid for IAQ work on page 26.

As always, those three articles are just a small portion of the wealth of knowledge you’ll find in this issue of R&R!