RIA postpones Australasian Restoration Conference & Tradeshow

Restoration Industry Association to reschedule 2020 Australasian Restoration Conference & Tradeshow.

The 2020 RIA Australasian Restoration Conference & Tradeshow has been postponed.

Organisers of the event, previously scheduled to take place on 10 June – 12 June in Queensland, announced its postponement due to ongoing concerns of COVID-19.

“After careful consideration regarding the ongoing COVID-19 situation occurring globally, the Restoration Industry Association (RIA) will be rescheduling the 2020 Australasian Restoration Conference and Tradeshow that was to be held in June 2020,” the association said.

Now in its third year, the RIA Australasian Restoration Conference & Tradeshow provides highly technical workshops, seminar sessions, industry panels as well as networking events including RIA’s annual gala dinner, where the annual Australasian Lifetime Achievement Award is presented.

New dates are yet to be confirmed by the association’s local team.

The announcement comes as RIA and the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) release a guide document for restoration contractors working in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The document, Preliminary Report for Restoration Contractors Assisting Clients With COVID-19 Concerns, 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.

The preliminary report is based on extensive industry experience and, to the extent possible, it has 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.

Globally, RIA represents more than 20,000 cleaning and restoration professionals from 1100 member firms specialising in textiles, environmental issues and restoration.

The association’s local arm was first established as a steering committee in 2015. In 2017 the RIA approved the formation of an Australasian council, giving its Australian and NZ counterparts a seat on the board of directors.

The IICRC is an ANSI-accredited standards-setting body for the flooring inspection, floor covering, and specialised fabric cleaning and disaster restoration industries. ICRC currently represents more than 5700 certified firms and 54,000 certified technicians in 22 countries.

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