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Infection Control News

Infection Control Technologies (ICT), the facility hygiene division of Insurance Restoration Specialists, Inc. (IRS) of Monroe Township, NJ, has been tackling COVID-19 sites around the State. The company is under contract with the NJ Department of Treasury as well as the State’s Educational Services Commission (ESCNJ) to provide disaster recovery and remediation services for school districts, municipalities, universities, and county and state government agencies. They are an approved biohazard remediation vendor with the state and hold NJ DPMC C103 Microbial Remediation Classification.

covid-19Infection Control Technologies crew members prepare to remediate a COVID-19-positive library in New Jersey.

IRS has twenty-five staff with OSHA 40 HAZWOPER training. Several have advanced Bio-Safety Training and Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) training.

Tom Peter (CIH), CEO of IRS says, “We have American Bio Recovery Association (ABRA) Certified Bio Recovery Technicians (CBRTs), Certified Bio Recovery Supervisor (CBRS), a Certified Bio Recovery Master (CBRM), and a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) managing these cleanup projects. If the cleanup job is COVID-19 confirmed positive, we only send our BIOHAZARD response crews out to be sure they are properly trained and well protected. There is no room for error during these types of mitigation jobs.”

There are high-danger risks to both the crew members and inhabitants if technicians are not properly trained and appropriately protected.

“A typical custodial staff doesn’t have access to the full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) gear or the advanced disinfection tools to safely and effectively clean COVID-19 positive areas. IRS is uniquely qualified to be at the forefront of these efforts,” says Tom Peter (CIH), CEO of IRS. “No other contractor in the State holds all of the qualifications as our teams do.”

covid-19ICT technician performs fogging disinfection using SteramistTM disinfectant solution to penetrate otherwise inaccessible surfaces.

When the ICT division is called in for a COVID-19 positive decontamination, a two-step protocol is followed. Technicians begin with a deep-clean touch-point hand cleaning with a wet solution on all surfaces. This is followed by spray and fogging disinfection using SteramistTM or BioSprayTM disinfectant solutions to penetrate otherwise inaccessible surfaces. All of the products used are EPA-registered for virus cleanup with proven deactivation efficacy, and crews are protected with Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPRS), full-face respirators, suits, gloves and chemical cartridges.

“Our team members’ and clients’ health and safety are our top concern. Our customers trust our expertise and experience and are confident that ICT provides the most thorough and effective cleaning possible in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak,” says Peter.

Infection Control Technologies, (ICT) a division of Insurance Restoration Specialists, Inc. (IRS) is one of the nation’s leading Building Hygiene contractors. ICT provides Facility Hygiene Services and Emergency Decontamination for some of the nation’s most respected real estate and Risk Management Professionals, Health Care, Municipalities, Institutions, Food Safety, Transportation, and government organizations.

Insurance Restoration Specialists, Inc. (IRS) is a premier provider of disaster recovery mitigation, environmental remediation, biohazard emergency response and HVAC inspection and cleaning in the New Jersey-Philadelphia-New York City area. IRS is certified by NADCA and have Certified Air Systems Cleaning Technicians and a Certified Ventilation System Inspector on staff. Services include mold removal,water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, flood damage cleanup, smoke damage remediation, and biohazard remediation.