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When Do I Need an Indoor Environmental Professional on a Water-damage?

Published on 2/23/2016
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Over the years I’ve heard from home and business owners, insurance adjusters and agents, contractors, restorers and remediators concerning one very big question:  When do I need to have an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) on a water-damage?  Let’s take a quick look at this. . . .

 

A Need to Contract:

 

There are several ways to look at the question; because, depending on who’s asking the question the perspectives may be different.  For example, if you’re a contractor on a claim or a building owner with employees or customers in your water-damaged building, you may look at this differently than a home owner.  How so?  Well, for one, as a contractor or employer or business you have a public health and safety responsibility.  Think about what would happen if one of your employees Inhaling Particlesor customers got sick because a water-damage wasn’t handled properly due to a lack of environmental-condition defining (i.e., no one inspected to determine if there were risks or hazards to your employees or customers associated with the water-damage).  Not only is there the moral question and heart-felt desire to protect employees and clients, there are compliance and competition issues that could injure your business greatly.  (Who wants to be known as the contractor who did a job and people got sick or hurt?)

As a home owner, you may be concerned with your children, spouse, yourself, pets, or belongings, and needing to understand the risks and hazards are important in securing those precious things safety, health, security and integrity (not to mention your financial outputs associated with the water-damage and any follow-up work necessary).

While adjusters and agents don’t have the same safety and health obligations to perform restoration as the restoration and remediation companies do, they still have to protect their adjusters (e.g., occupational safety and health laws) and a moral obligation to pursue the safest and healthiest method of processing the claim as possible.  Furthermore, who wants to be the agent who is known for selling insurance to people who were injured as a result of claims-mishandling?  (No one I’ve met.)

So, as you can see here, everyone has an interest is determining when and where an IEP is necessary and having their work performed professionally.

 

Getting Started; Learning to Recognize When an IEP is Needed:

 

While we cannot get into an all-inclusive disclosure of every single situation in which an IEP might be necessary, let’s take a good look at some of the basic situations where an IEP has been recommended by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in their S500, Standard & Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage indoor air qualityRestoration.

  • When occupants are high risk individuals (e.g., immune-compromised or –suppressed, allergic, elderly, or young children);
  • A public health issue exists (e.g., library, elderly care or child care facility, or other public buildings);
  • There is a risk of adverse effects on worker or occupant health (which may be suspect, known or potential in nature to those associated with the work on-site or off-site);
  • Occupants express a need to determine the identity of a suspected contaminant (e.g., mold or asbestos);
  • Contaminants are believed to have been aerosolized;
  • There is a need to determine, rather than assume, that the water actually contains microbial contamination or the building houses other types of environmental stressors (e.g., asbestos or lead); and,
  • Post-restoration and –remediation verification inspections.

 

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