What: FREE Webinar
When: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 2PM EST
Wildfire vs. Building Fire Restoration: What Restorers Need to Know
Credits: 1 RIA CEC; 1 IICRC CEC; 1 ABRA CEU; 0.1 IACET CEU
Cleaning up after a wildfire is different than any house fire, grass fire or even forest fire. The toxins and unique combustion byproducts present in the air, settled smoke, soot, char and ash piles can create respiratory hazards unseen anywhere else in the industry, making cleanup and restoration not only difficult, but downright dangerous.
As a "second responder," restoration professionals are responsible for recognizing the respiratory hazards for not only building occupants, but their workers as well. When decision-time comes, will you feel confident enough in your cleaning practices to mitigate occupant health-related issues? Do you know when to assume clearance liability on your own, and when to shift some of that liability onto a qualified environmental professional?
In this presentation, Patrick will discuss why no two wildfire impacted homes are the same and how to recognize whether a home requires only surface cleaning and deodorization, and when it requires a partial or complete packout. We'll also discuss advances in chemical deodorization, including the use of ozone and hydroxyls, and how to interpret the 2018 AIHA "Technical Guide for Wildfire Impaction Assessment for the OEHS Professional."
- Define the differences between damage from wildfires, forest fires, grass fires, and structure fires, and outline how to remediate the damages from each.
- Identify and remediate unique combustion byproducts in wildfires that may make cleanup and deodorization more difficult.
- Set safety and PPE guidelines for crews based on knowing the toxins and respiratory hazards present after wildfires.
- Interpret what the 2018 AIHA “Technical Guide for Wildfire Impaction Assessment for the OEHS Professional” means for restoration contractors specifically.