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Volunteers needed to create new standard for remediation of drugs, cannabis and nicotine residue

* IICRC-Centre.jpgThe Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification is seeking volunteers to serve on consensus bodies for the development of a new Standard, the BSR/IICRC S900 Standard for Professional Remediation of Illicit Drugs, Cannabis and Nicotine Residue.

"The cleanup and restoration of environments contaminated by the production and handling of illicit drugs is a highly specialised process that puts many at risk when it is not performed properly," says Brandon Burton, IICRC Standards Chairman.

"These standards will provide consistent guidance based on solid expertise and the consensus of some of our industry's foremost authorities on proper restoration practices."

With opioid use increasing each year, the need for properly trained companies that can perform remediation techniques within structures and on contents is also increasing. The potential exposure to residue from numerous illicit drugs dictates the need to have an assessment process that follows a standard operating procedure. The assessment SOPs can then be followed by remediation processes.

The BSR?/IICRC S900 Standard for Professional Remediation of Illicit Drugs, Cannabis and Nicotine Residue will encompass necessary processes for employers and workers when remediating materials and contents within structures affected by illicit drugs, cannabis and nicotine residues. This standard will cover the required personal protective equipment, engineering controls, proper work practices and processes necessary for remediation, as well as specific methods based upon type of contamination (e.g. powder, chemical and combustion residues.)

The IICRC seeks volunteers for this Standard from companies performing remediation; property owners; property managers; government agencies (e.g. housing and urban development); insurance carriers, agents and adjusters; independent insurance adjusting companies; public property adjusters; third-party administrators; environmental hygiene companies; property management agencies; and real estate companies.

Consensus body members can expect to begin work on the standards by Autumn 2019 with nearly all meetings being held online and via conference calls. The new Standard is expected to be completed in approximately two years.

Those interested in submitting an application to serve on the S900 consensus body should visit:


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