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The IICRC Standards serve to develop common, industry-accepted language and terminology that enables us to more universally discuss concepts and procedures regarding cleaning, inspection, and restoration. The IICRC is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) member and accredited standards developer. ANSI coordinates standards, conformity assessment, and related activities in the United States of America. ANSI is responsible for overseeing the development of national consensus standards and verifying that the requirements for due process, consensus, and other criteria for approval have been met by the standard’s developer. An American National Standard (ANS) is a Voluntary Consensus Standard, and unless mandated by law, compliance is voluntary. However, some have been adopted as code or regulation by local, state, or federal authorities. 

ANSI coordinates the U.S. voluntary consensus standards system, providing a neutral forum for the development of policies on standards issues and serves as a watchdog for standards development and conformity assessment programs and processes. The ANSI process serves all standardization efforts in the United States by providing and promoting a process that withstands scrutiny while protecting the rights and interests of every participant. In essence, ANSI standards quicken the market acceptance of products while making clear how to improve the safety of those products for the protection of consumers. The IICRC serves as the secretariat for several ANSI committees that develop cleaning, inspection, and restoration related standards. NOTE: American National Standards may be revised or withdrawn at any time. The procedures of the American National Standards Institute require that action be taken to reaffirm, revise, or withdraw this standard no later than five years from the date of approval. Purchasers of American National Standards may receive current information on all standards by calling or writing the American National Standards Institute.

Leadership

Brandon Burton: Standards Chairperson

Darren Foote: Restoration and Remediation Standards Vice Chairperson

Ryan Tasovac: Cleaning and Inspection Standards Vice Chairperson

Mili Washington: Standards Director

Cheryl Smith: Standards Coordinator

Published Standards

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ANSI/IICRC S100 Standard for Professional Cleaning of Textile Floor Coverings

Seventh Edition Published 2021

ANSI/IICRC S100 describes the procedures, methods, and systems to be followed when performing professional commercial and residential textile floor coverings (e.g., carpet and rugs) maintenance and cleaning. The purpose of this standard is to define criteria and methodology for evaluating carpet types, characteristics, and conditions and for establishing procedures for appearance retention, soil removal, and indoor environmental quality.

ANSI/IICRC S220 Standard for Professional Inspection of Hard Surface Floor Coverings

First Edition Published 2021

With hard surface floor covering failures rising, there is a need for a third party unbiased inspection evaluation and methodologies of a procedural standard for professionally inspecting hard surface floor covering. The new BSR/IICRC S220 Standard on Hard Surface Floor Covering Inspection will include inspection of hard surface floor coverings, including stone, marble, laminate, wood, ceramic, and resilient. The document will establish a procedural standard for professionally inspecting hard surface floor coverings.

IICRC S300 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Upholstery Cleaning

First Edition Published 2000

This Standard is currently in Revision

IICRC S300 is a procedural standard. It has been written using reliable principles, research, and practical experience, plus consultation with and information obtained from numerous sources. These include allied tradespersons; cleaning chemical and equipment formulators and manufacturers; upholstery and furniture manufacturers; international, national and regional trade associations; organizations serving the professionals cleaning industry, both independent and franchise; cleaning industry training schools; cleaning service companies; and others with specialized experience. IICRC S300 provides a specific set of practical standards for upholstery cleaning. It does not attempt to teach comprehensive upholstery cleaning procedures; rather, it provides the foundational principle for proper cleaning practice.

ANSI/IICRC S500 Standard for Professional Water Damage Restoration

Fifth Edition Published 2021

Standard describes the procedures to be followed and the precautions to be taken when performing water damage restoration in residential, commercial, and institutional buildings, and the systems and personal property contained within those structures.

This Standard assumes that the determination and correction of the underlying source or cause of the water intrusion leading to the water damage is the responsibility of the property owner and not the restorer, although the property owner may contract with the restorer or other specialized experts to perform these services.

ANSI/IICRC S520 Standard for Professional Mold Remediation

Third Edition Published 2015

The ANSI/IICRC S520 is a procedural standard for the remediation of mold damaged structures and contents. The ANSI/IICRC S520 is based on reliable remediation and restoration principles, research and practical experience, and attempts to combine essential academic principles with practical elements of water damage restoration for technicians facing "real-life" mold remediation challenges. The S520 and R520 are written for use by those involved in the mold 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, trade associations that service the professional restoration industry, allied trade-persons and others with related professional and practical experience.

ANSI/IICRC S520-2015 Standard and IICRC R520 Reference Guide is published as two separate documents: the standard itself and a supplementary reference guide. The procedural standard is supported by the reference guide. The intent is to use the principles outlined in the reference guide as a tool to better understand and apply the standard itself. However, the reference guide is not considered part of this standard.

ANSI/IICRC S540 Standard for Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup

First Edition Published 2017

This Standard is currently in Revision

ANSI/IICRC S540 Standard defines criteria and methodology used by the technician for inspecting and investigating blood and other potentially infectious material (OPIM) contamination and for establishing work plans and procedures. The Standard describes the procedures to be followed by professionals and the precautions to be taken when performing trauma and crime scene cleanup regardless of surface, item, or location. This standard assumes that all scenes have been released by law enforcement or regulatory agencies.

ANSI/IICRC S800 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Inspection of Textile Floorcovering

First Edition Published 2014

The ANSI/IICRC S800: 2014 includes inspection of textile floor covering, including carpet and rugs. The S800 establishes a procedural standard and reference guide for professionally inspecting textile floor coverings. The standard defines basic operational procedures and techniques for inspecting/evaluating: carpet types, characteristics, and conditions; specification; installation procedures; and post-installation maintenance and cleaning. This enables professional inspectors to determine appropriate procedures for inspecting textile floor coverings. S800 is not written to teach detailed inspection procedures; numerous manuals, videotapes, workshops, and seminars are available to teach comprehensive textile floor covering inspection procedures.

This standard was created for use primarily by professional inspectors and secondarily for carpet manufacturers, product suppliers, building contractors, architects, specifiers, designers, distributors, flooring retailers, end-users, facility managers, institutions, and others involved in the textile flooring inspection industry.

Standards in Development

BSR/IICRC S210 Standard for Dimension Stone Maintenance and Restoration

With various individuals competing for the stone maintenance and restoration dollar, there is a need to standardize terminology and service procedure methodologies to bring consistency to the industry. This new Standard will encompass the cleaning, maintenance, restoration, rehabilitation, preservation methodologies, and repair for interior dimension stone.

BSR/IICRC S230 Standard for Professional Inspection of Flooring Subfloors and Substrates

This Standard will include both non-invasive and invasive (destructive) inspection of subfloors and substrates beneath carpet and hard surface floor covering; including poured in place concrete, precast hollow core prestressed concrete planks, structural concrete panels, plywood sheathing, OSB (oriented strand board), plank-board subfloors, stripwood subfloors, metal substrates, rolled sheet underlayments, heating mats and heating panels, sound control membranes, waterproofing membranes, crack isolation/crack suppression membranes, and moisture protection membranes. Stakeholders include carpet installers, hard surface flooring installers, concrete repair technicians, carpet inspectors, hard surface flooring inspectors, concrete inspectors, flooring manufacturers, concrete producers, manufacturers of precast concrete, manufacturers of structural concrete panels, manufacturers of plywood sheathing, manufacturers of OSB, and manufacturers of metal substrates.

BSR/IICRC S250 Standard for Professional Cleaning and Maintenance of Commercial Resilient Floor Coverings

This Standard will describe the procedures to be followed when performing professional cleaning and maintenance of commercial resilient flooring. It is the purpose of this Standard to define the methodology to be used by professional floor care providers for evaluation of resilient flooring for the purposes of identifying and applying appropriate cleaning and maintenance processes. Further, this Standard will describe methods to be used for cleaning and maintenance of common commercial resilient flooring materials. Stakeholders include flooring manufacturers, chemistry manufacturers, maintenance equipment manufacturers, commercial maintenance service providers, professional maintenance technicians, flooring inspectors, sales and support professionals, architectural specifiers, building managers, distributors, and end users.

BSR/IICRC S320 Standard for Professional Assessment, Cleaning, and Restoration of Contents

This standard will focus on the principles, methods, and processes to assess, inventory, pack-out, clean, restore, and enhance the appearance of contents. Contents are defined as materials, furniture, fixtures, and equipment located inside a building envelope. It is sometimes defined as personal property.

BSR/IICRC S340 Standard for Professional Cleaning and Maintenance of Leather Furnishings

This Standard is currently accepting applications here.

This standard establishes a procedural standard for the professional cleaning and maintenance of leather furnishings. It is intended for use by professional cleaners, upholstery manufacturers, retailers, distributors, industry suppliers, specifiers, homeowners, property or facility managers, housekeepers and insurance companies, and others. Factors that will be considered include, but are not limited to, the leather type, color, style, construction, and use. These dictate the specific cleaning systems and methods to be used. It is based on reliable cleaning principles, review of available scientific and industry literature, and information and practical experience. Stakeholders include professional cleaners, furnishings manufacturers, retailers, distributors, industry suppliers, specifiers, homeowners, property or facility managers, housekeepers, insurance companies, and others.

BSR/IICRC S400 Standard for Professional Cleaning, Maintenance, and Restoration of the Commercial Built Environment

This standard will focus on the principles, methods, and processes to clean, maintain, and restore the built environment. We define the built environment as materials, building assemblies, structures, furniture, fixtures, and equipment located inside a building envelope. Further, this standard will focus on the commercial built environment and define tasks, frequencies, production expectations, goals, and results.

BSR/IICRC S410 Standard for Infection Control During Professional Cleaning and Maintenance of the Commercial Built Environment

This standard will provide a specific set of practical principles, methods, and processes to clean, sanitize, and evaluate the cleaning of the built environment where verifiable, hygienic cleaning is required. This standard will also establish methods and processes to document, evaluate, clean, sanitize, and apply disinfectant to surfaces that require a higher level of cleaning.

BSR/IICRC S530 Standard for Indoor Environmental Assessment for Suspected Mold Contaminated Structures

This new Standard will establish a proper methodology and protocol for the inspection and evaluation of structure that is known or suspected to have mold contamination, and will promote proper methodology and processes for the assessment of mold-contaminated structures.

BSR/IICRC S550 Standard for Professional Water Damage Restoration of Commercial Structures

The S550 is a procedural standard for performing water damage restoration in commercial, industrial institutional, and complex residential structures, systems and furniture, fixtures and equipment. The proposed standard includes: Building and Material Science; Drying Complex Materials and Systems; Safety and Health; Project Coordination, Documentation, Logistics and Risk Management; Inspections, Preliminary Determinations and Pre-Restoration Evaluations; Limitations, Complexities, Complications, and Conflicts; Specialized Experts; Restoration Procedures; HVAC; Evaluation & Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment; Historical Buildings; Government, and Healthcare Facilities.

BSR/IICRC S590 Standard for Assessing HVAC Systems Following a Water, Fire, or Mold Damage Event

This document will provide a specific set of practical standards for assessing the impact of structural and property loss events on HVAC systems. These events may include water, fire, mold, and smoke related damage.

BSR­/IICRC S700 Standard for Professional Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration

The BSR­/IICRC S700 Standard for Professional Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration will provide a specific set of practical principles, methods, and processes for the restoration of fire and smoke damaged structural materials, assemblies, and systems. The standard will cover the entire process of evaluation, mitigation, cleaning, and restoration. This standard will cover scope development, temporary structures and repairs, engineering controls, proper cleaning methods and processes, and proper chain­ of­ custody documentation of the property being restored.

BSR/IICRC S710 Standard for the Development of a Scope of Work in a Fire and Smoke Damaged Environment

The BSR/IICRC S710 Standard for the Development of a Scope of Work in a Fire and Smoke Damaged Environment will provide a specific set of practical standards for the development of a scope of work in a fire and smoke damaged environment. The Standard will provide measures for preparing a scope of work in a fire and smoke damaged environment, as this is not specifically covered in any detail in existing Standards.

BSR/­IICRC S740 Standard for Professional Restoration of Fire and Smoke Damaged Personal Items

The BSR/­IICRC S740 Standard for Professional Restoration of Fire and Smoke Damaged Personal Items will provide a specific set of practical principles, methods, and processes to evaluate and restore fire and smoke damaged porous and non­porous personal items, commonly known as contents or personal property. This standard will also establish methods and processes to document the chain­ of­ custody of these items, including: inventory, packing, storage, cleaning, verification, and return to the customer. This standard will outline the proper handling, storage, and care of these items.

BSR/IICRC S760 Standard for Professional Wildfire Investigations and Restoration of Impacts to Structures, Systems, and Contents

This standard will include practical principles, methods, and processes to evaluate and restore interior and exterior of structures and improvements, contents and personal property impacted by wildfire smoke emissions. In addition, this standard will also describe the basic principles governing wildfire particle distribution and eventual settlement on surfaces to aid the restorer in identifying the scope of a project and preparation of a work plan. This standard will also establish methods and processes to document, evaluate, restore and verify the cleanliness of structures and contents damaged from wildfire smoke.

BSR/IICRC S900 Standard for Professional Remediation of Precursors, Drug Residues, and Associated Chemical Waste

This Standard will include procedures to be followed and the precautions to be taken when organizing the work for a project involving the remediation and cleaning of a site that is contaminated by the residues of illicit drugs, cannabis, and tobacco. This standard will assume that all scenes have been released by law enforcement or regulatory agencies.

Standards in Revision

BSR/IICRC S300 Standard for Professional Upholstery Cleaning

This Standard is currently in Revision

IICRC S300 is a procedural standard. It has been written using reliable principles, research, and practical experience, plus consultation with and information obtained from numerous sources. These include allied tradespersons; cleaning chemical and equipment formulators and manufacturers; upholstery and furniture manufacturers; international, national and regional trade associations; organizations serving the professionals cleaning industry, both independent and franchise; cleaning industry training schools; cleaning service companies; and others with specialized experience. IICRC S300 provides a specific set of practical standards for upholstery cleaning. It does not attempt to teach comprehensive upholstery cleaning procedures; rather, it provides the foundational principle for proper cleaning practice.

ANSI/IICRC S520 Standard for Professional Mold Remediation

The ANSI/IICRC S520 is a procedural standard for the remediation of mold damaged structures and contents. The ANSI/IICRC S520 is based on reliable remediation and restoration principles, research and practical experience, and attempts to combine essential academic principles with practical elements of water damage restoration for technicians facing "real-life" mold remediation challenges. The S520 and R520 are written for use by those involved in the mold 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, trade associations that service the professional restoration industry, allied trade-persons and others with related professional and practical experience.

ANSI/IICRC S520-2015 Standard and IICRC R520 Reference Guide is published as two separate documents: the standard itself and a supplementary reference guide. The procedural standard is supported by the reference guide. The intent is to use the principles outlined in the reference guide as a tool to better understand and apply the standard itself. However, the reference guide is not considered part of this standard.

ANSI/IICRC S540 Standard for Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup

This Standard is currently in Revision

ANSI/IICRC S540 Standard defines criteria and methodology used by the technician for inspecting and investigating blood and other potentially infectious material (OPIM) contamination and for establishing work plans and procedures. The Standard describes the procedures to be followed by professionals and the precautions to be taken when performing trauma and crime scene cleanup regardless of surface, item, or location. This standard assumes that all scenes have been released by law enforcement or regulatory agencies.

ANSI/IICRC S800 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Inspection of Textile Floorcovering

The ANSI/IICRC S800: 2014 includes inspection of textile floor covering, including carpet and rugs. The S800 establishes a procedural standard and reference guide for professionally inspecting textile floor coverings. The standard defines basic operational procedures and techniques for inspecting/evaluating: carpet types, characteristics, and conditions; specification; installation procedures; and post-installation maintenance and cleaning. This enables professional inspectors to determine appropriate procedures for inspecting textile floor coverings. S800 is not written to teach detailed inspection procedures; numerous manuals, videotapes, workshops, and seminars are available to teach comprehensive textile floor covering inspection procedures.

This standard was created for use primarily by professional inspectors and secondarily for carpet manufacturers, product suppliers, building contractors, architects, specifiers, designers, distributors, flooring retailers, end-users, facility managers, institutions, and others involved in the textile flooring inspection industry.

Field Guides

IICRC Field Guide for Safety and Health for Disaster Restoration Professionals

IICRC Field Guide for Safety and Health for Professional Cleaners’ and ‘IICRC Field Guide for Safety and Health for Disaster Restoration Professionals’ will supplement existing IICRC restoration standards and certification classes. The guides will include valuable information about safety and health hazard identification procedures, safe work practices, and control methods that prudent disaster restoration and cleaning professionals should employ.

These new field guides serve to address the needs of all participants of the cleaning and restoration industry, including cleaners, restorers, managers, end users, insurance adjusters, and indoor environmental professionals.

IICRC Field Guide for Safety and Health for Professional Cleaners

IICRC Field Guide for Safety and Health for Professional Cleaners’ and ‘IICRC Field Guide for Safety and Health for Disaster Restoration Professionals’ will supplement existing IICRC restoration standards and certification classes. The guides will include valuable information about safety and health hazard identification procedures, safe work practices, and control methods that prudent disaster restoration and cleaning professionals should employ.

The Field Guide supplements the existing IICRC Restoration Standards and Certification Courses containing valuable information that Restoration and Cleaning Professionals should employ:
- Safety and Health Hazard Identification Procedures
- Safe Work Practices
- Control Methods

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