The Growing Importance of Forensic Restoration
Presenter: Michael Pinto and Jeff Jones
Mr. Pinto is chief executive officer of Wonder Makers Environmental, a manufacturing and environmental consulting firm that specializes in identification and control of asbestos, lead, indoor air quality, mold, industrial hygiene, and chemical problems. Mr. Pinto is the author of over 200 published articles and several books including, Fungal Contamination: A Comprehensive Guide for Remediation. He completed doctoral course work in environmental engineering and holds numerous certifications in the environmental and safety areas including Certified Safety Professional and Certified Mold Professional.
Mr. Jones is a Certified Bio -Forensic Restoration Specialist, the premier designated title in the Bio-Recovery Industry, with more than 40 years of experience in the cleaning and restoration industry. He is past president of RIA. A Certified Search and Rescue Tracker. A Certified Crime Scene Track Investigator. Former SWAT TEAM LEADER and decorated American Soldier.
Ten to fifteen years ago restoration contractors were struggling to accept the fact that mold remediation was becoming a separate sub-category of restoration work. Suddenly, it wasn’t just fire and water loss but mold had to added as a separate work category. Contractors who were slow to pick up on this industry shift were hurt by a loss of business or legal complications. On the flip side, those who understood that the industry was transitioning, gathered new skills, and embraced the change, prospered and led the industry for years.
Many in the restoration industry have not yet learned that forensic restoration is following a similar pattern. In brief, forensic restoration is the industry term for projects that do not fit in the traditional categories of fire, water loss, or mold. Specifically, forensic restoration encompasses a variety of specialty projects including: crime scene clean up, trauma/mass casualty response, unpacking of hoarder facilities, cleaning/disinfecting of animal/bird infestations, decontamination of illicit drug labs, unsanitary dwellings, and more. The recent publication of the first Forensic Restoration Guidelines is a true signal that this sub-section of the cleaning and restoration industry is gaining momentum.
This webinar will explain the basics of the forensic restoration industry through a discussion of six critical questions:
1. Why is forensic restoration a necessary sector of the restoration and remediation industry?
2. Are there laws and regulations governing crime scene and biohazard cleanup on the federal level? State level?
3. What is the #1 most important thing to know about forensic restoration?
4. What kinds of products and equipment are necessary for forensic restoration?
5. What are some of the major dangers during forensic restoration?
6. Why is there a need for more specialized training, like this conference, in regards to forensic restoration?