The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is revising the IICRC ‘S520-2008 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation’. The draft S520 Standard was available from 5 July to 19 August 2013 for the first round of public review, and is available now for the second round of public review and comment.
A procedural standard and reference guide for the remediation of mould damaged structures and contents, S520 is based on reliable remediation and restoration principles, research and practical experience. It attempts to combine essential academic principles with practical elements of water damage restoration for technicians facing ‘real-life’ mould remediation challenges, explains the IICRC.
The S520 is written for use by those involved in the mould remediation industry and is the result of collaboration among microbiologists and other scientists; public health professionals; industrial hygienists; remediation contractors; restoration service companies; cleaning and restoration training schools; and trade associations.
The IICRC S520 draft Standard is available for review and comment as part of the ANSI 45-day public review period from 13 March to 27 April, 2015. In addition, the draft S520 Reference Guide is also available separately during the same time period for informal peer review and comment.
To access the draft Standard and Reference Guide and comment forms, visit http://iicrc.org/standards/iicrc-s520/. All comments must be submitted to IICRC standards director Mili Washington at email@example.com no later than 27 April, 2015.
Water damage guide for review
The IICRC has also been working on revising the ANSI/IICRC S500-2006 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration. Substantive changes made to the draft Standard since the third public review in August 2014 are currently available for the fourth round of public review and comment from 6 March to 5 April, 2015.
The ANSI/IICRC S500 provides a specific set of practical standards for water damage restoration. It does not provide comprehensive water damage restoration procedures; rather, it outlines the foundation for basic principles of proper restoration practices. The ANSI/IICRC S500 does not include exhaustive performance characteristics or standards for the manufacture or installation of structural components, materials and contents (personal property).