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2020 International Restoration Convention + Industry Expo

COVID-19 Resources

Preliminary Report for Restoration Contractors Assisting Clients with COVID-19

As announced during RIA's Industry Briefing Part 2 on March 19, 2020, restorers are encouraged to review the newly released Preliminary Report for Restoration Contractors Assisting Clients With COVID-19 Concerns HERE.

 

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Our Essential Industry: Managing and Sustaining your Organization amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic  

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and Restoration Industry Association (RIA) are working to help the members of our industry provide essential services in this rapidly evolving and ever-changing landscape, without interruption. This document has been written with the understanding that your emergency services are indeed an essential service, and to help you manage the concerns, fears and heightened awareness for infection control as you continue to provide your essential services to your customers and community. Read the report HERE.


COVID-19 
Essential Service Action Request
 
RIA recognizes that some of our members are experiencing challenges related to being pulled from job sites or being considered non-essential services. We are working on members' behalf to communicate with government officials to understand the essential role restoration contractors play in maintaining the health and well-being of building occupants. 
 
RIA is sending this letter to the governors of all 50 states imploring them to classify your business as essential, as shutdowns are beginning to loom over many states.
 
We can use your help in this effort. Download the letter, add the contact information for your state officials and send it in right away. The more our members engage, the more attention this will bring to our cause.
 
In addition to this outreach, RIA, IICRC and NADCA have issued a joint statement on this issue in an effort to put even more strength behind the need for this designation. 


View the RIA COVID-19 Industry Briefing Part 2 Recap

 

RIA is sharing the following resources for restorers related to dealing with COVID-19 hazards. RIA encourages restorers to continue to monitor guidelines and information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other authorities.


View the RIA COVID-19 Industry Briefing Town Hall Call Recap


 

EPA-registered disinfectant products

On March 5, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a list of EPA-registered disinfectant products that have qualified for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

“Using the correct disinfectant is an important part of preventing and reducing the spread of illnesses along with other critical aspects such as hand washing,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “There is no higher priority for the Trump Administration than protecting the health and safety of Americans. EPA is providing this important information in a public and transparent manner on disinfectant products to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

Products appearing on EPA’s list registered disinfectant products have qualified for use against COVID-19 through the agency’s Emerging Viral Pathogen program. This program allows product manufacturers to provide EPA with data, even in advance of an outbreak, that shows their products are effective against harder-to-kill viruses than SARS-CoV-2. It also allows additional communications intended to inform the public about the utility of these products against the emerging pathogen in the most expeditious manner.

Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses, meaning they are one of the easiest types of viruses to kill with the appropriate disinfectant product. Consumers using these disinfectants on an enveloped emerging virus should follow the directions for use on the product’s master label, paying close attention to the contact time for the product on the treated surface (i.e., how long the disinfectant should remain on the surface).

To view the list of EPA-registered disinfectant products, visit https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2