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The IICRC Standards

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The IICRC, or the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification, has played a significant role in the cleaning and restoration industry by establishing and promoting industry standards. Coming over to the Cleaning Industry from Municipal Water and Applied Science there wasn't many places to find standards outside of flimsy instructions from the manufactures of building materials. When the architectural firm, Thompson Phalen used three kinds of tiles on the new Westshore Bank lobby floor, each with different cleaning recommendations, for contrast, we had to just trial and error, figure it out back in those days. Here is a brief overview of the history of the IICRC and the standards it has brought to the industry over the years:

1. Formation of the IICRC: The IICRC was founded in 1972 as a non-profit organization with the aim of setting standards and providing education and certification for professionals in the cleaning, inspection, and restoration industries.

2. Development of Standards: One of the primary functions of the IICRC is to develop and maintain industry standards for cleaning and restoration practices. These standards serve as guidelines for professionals to ensure the highest level of quality, safety, and effectiveness in their work.

3. ANSI Accreditation: In 1994, the IICRC became the first industry organization to achieve American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accreditation. This accreditation reinforces the IICRC's commitment to developing consensus-based standards and ensures their acceptance and recognition by industry professionals, regulatory bodies, and consumers.

4. Creation of Certification Programs: The IICRC introduced certification programs to provide industry professionals with formal recognition of their knowledge and expertise. These programs cover various areas such as carpet cleaning, water damage restoration, fire and smoke restoration, mold remediation, and more. By obtaining IICRC certifications, professionals demonstrate their commitment to upholding industry standards.

5. Continual Development and Updates: The IICRC continues to evolve and adapt its standards to keep pace with advancements in technology, research, and industry best practices. Through ongoing research and collaboration with industry experts, the IICRC ensures that its standards remain relevant and effective in addressing emerging challenges and needs.

6. Global Influence: Over the years, the IICRC's standards and certifications have gained international recognition and influence. Professionals from around the world seek IICRC certification to enhance their skills and demonstrate their commitment to industry standards.The IICRC's contributions to the cleaning and restoration industry are far-reaching. By establishing and promoting industry standards, the IICRC has raised the bar for professionalism, quality, and safety in the field. Its certifications provide consumers with confidence in the skills and knowledge of certified professionals. Overall, the IICRC has played a crucial role in advancing the industry and ensuring its integrity and credibility. 

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