The restoration industry has extensive experience in assisting individuals and organisations when their lives have been disrupted by catastrophic events such as floods and fires. Therefore, it is no surprise that clients are turning to restoration professionals to assist them in properly responding to the coronavirus pandemic referred to as COVID-19. In such circumstances it is imperative that restoration professionals be clear about what their services can, and cannot, accomplish for the client.
This document has been prepared by a wide range of experts from the cleaning and restoration industry to assist contractors in managing the risks arising from efforts to mitigate the COVID19 pandemic. This Preliminary Report is based on extensive industry experience and, to the
extent possible, we have incorporated guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as of the published date of this document. While each project is unique and requires a specific work plan, restoration contractors may consider the information contained in this document to formulate their work practices. However, this Report is preliminary, and should not be construed as, an industry standard. This is a rapidly evolving situation and more research is needed. At this point in time, it is not feasible to write definitive rules that will apply to every scenario. In certain situations, deviations from these methods may be appropriate, based on the circumstances of the project and the professional judgment of the professionals involved. Common sense should prevail in all cases. This Report is intended solely for informational purposes to supplement the training and other research performed by the restorer and is not to be construed as advice.
Anyone using this document should understand the document’s limitations, and rely on his or her judgment, or as appropriate, seek the advice of a competent professional in determining the exercise of reasonable care in any situation. All persons using this document must be and remain, updated and informed about developments pertaining to COVID-19 and the restoration industry so that he/she may implement changes in procedures as appropriate, as well as adhere to all applicable federal, state, provincial and local laws and regulations.
Source: Restoration Industry Association