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2018 RIA Forensics Conference
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The RIA Forensic Conference

July 16-17, 2018 | Cincinnati Airport Marriott

Join the Restoration Industry Association for an exciting two day conference on forensic restoration.  The conference offers tailored educational content and more ways for you to connect with your peers, experts, and leaders in this niche market within the restoration industry.

  Crime and Trauma Scenes   Terrorism    Unattended Death  

  Suicide   Hoarding   Infectious Disease   Illicit Drug Labs  


This year, as a special thanks to our attendees, you will get over 25% off a digital copy of the Forensic Guidelines when you register. This document is essential reading for anyone connected with the restoring of structures impacted by animal infestations, crime, trauma, infectious agents, or other unusual circumstances.


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   Early Bird  Regular
 Member $499   $599
 Non-Member  $599  $699

*Please note early bird pricing is valid through midnight on May 31st, 2018.


This is not your typical conference!

Finally, a conference that is organized to be practical, actionable, and profitable for organizations that resolve situations with higher risk environmental contaminants. Forensic restoration is often misconstrued as crime and trauma scene clean-up; but it is much more. It is the bridge for restoration contractors to understand how to move from common projects such as fire and water to those that are complicated by environmental hazards; regardless of whether those hazards are currently regulated.

This event offers a carefully selected mix of topics and presentations which provides essential overview information and opportunities to build detailed technical skills. Plan to join the event in Cincinnati to learn about potential pandemic organisms that could explode into the international news like Ebola did a few years ago. Sign up to hear an objective view of various decontamination systems for biological contaminants as well as methods for evaluating project success. Participants will “learn through doing” by thinking through preparations for addressing widespread biological contamination.

 In order to provide great return on investment, the Forensic Conference is being held at the Cincinnati Airport Marriott Hotel. It is a half mile from the airport and a free shuttle is provided which eliminates the need for a rental car. The property is newly renovated and extremely comfortable despite the modest room rates. The food service is excellent and the conference format minimizes the need to "forage for sustenance" away from the event. 


Schedule at a Glance*

Monday, July 16, 2018

7:00 am - 4:00 pm

Registration Open
7:00 am - 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 am - 8:15 am Introduction
8:15 am - 9:15 am A Global Review of Potential Emerging Pandemic Organisms: Patti Olinger, Emory University
9:15 am - 9:30 am Q&A
9:30 am - 10:15 am A Proper Prioritization of Multiple Contaminants on a Forensic Restoration Project Site: TBA
10:15 am - 10:30 am Break
10:30 am - 11:15 am Dealing with Criminally Incriminating Evidence Found During Forensic Restoration Cleanups Such as Hoarding: Doug Cunningham, Georgia Clean
11:15 am - 11:30 am Q&A
11:30 am - 12:15 pm Tons of Avian Contamination: Addressing an Extreme Case of Bird Infestation with Lessons for Situations Which are More Common than Recognized: Dave Schultz, Kellman Restoration
12:15 pm -  12:30 pm  Q&A
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm  Lunch
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm  Fentanyl Decontamination: The Dangers and the Latest Science of What Works: Bowling Green Center for Future of Forensic Science
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm  Q&A
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm  An Objective Evaluation of the Numerous High-Level Decontamination Systems That are Available for Biological Hazards: Clay Wardlaw, Safety Plus
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm  Q&A
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm  Break
3:45 pm - 4:30 pm Evaluating the Usefulness of ATP Meters for Forensic Restoration: TBA



Tuesday, July 17, 2018

8:00 am - 8:15 am   Introduction/Recap of Day One
8:15 am - 10:15 am Thinking the Unthinkable: Preparing to Respond to a Public Contamination Incident 
10:15 am - 10:30 am Break 
10:30 am - 11:15 am Decontamination vs. Disposal of Contents: Dealing with High Value Items and High Risk Contaminants: Rob Reynolds 
11:15 am - 12:30 pm State Legislation Related to Crime and Trauma Clean Up: Doug Cunningham, Georgia Clean 
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Model Awareness Training Being Utilized to Prepare Building Owners and Contractors to Deal with Multiple Environmental Hazards in New York City: Joyce Nastasi, ECA 
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Hoarders: The Biological, Fire and Structural Dangers of Hoarding: TBA 
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm Q&A
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm Break 
3:15 pm - 4:30 pm How to Market Forensic Restoration - Panel Discussion: Jeff Jones 
4:30 pm - 4:45 pm  Wrap Up 


*Schedule is subject to change


Travel and Hotel

RIA has a room block at the Cincinnati Airport Marriott

You can reserve your room at $139 per night. Please note, the deadline to book at the group rate is June 22, 2018.

Call to make a reservation today: 1 (859) 586-0166