Tomorrow is Earth Day!
Knowing how important and emerging the topic of ESG – environmental, social and governance – has become in the property management and corporate world, our VP of Sales, Beth Bencivenni, sat down with Anthony Mocarski to talk about how RestoreCore is working to make a positive environmental impact with what they do best – restoring homes, businesses, and lives.
Anthony is a RestoreCore employee with 7 years of success under his belt working on and managing some of the biggest property disasters our clients have ever faced, in one of our busiest offices – King of Prussia, PA.
B: What kind of “green” chemicals does RestoreCore use, and what do they do?
A: Benefect Decon 30 is the closest to a “green” chemical we use, and it is used primarily on water and mold jobs where those with sensitivities request a more specific product. As the professionals on site, we are relentless when it comes to using the right product for the specific situation.
“Benefect products use Thyme Oil that has been specially grown & blended to exacting specifications. This groundbreaking botanical technology is proven to kill over 99.99% of bacteria and surpasses the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efficacy requirements for broad spectrum hospital disinfectants.” Here is a link for more information: https://benefect.com/
B: Are there any mitigation techniques that you train your team to use, that impact energy usage in a positive way?
A: The draw of power from the machines are minimal and the equipment was designed specifically with that in mind. Obviously, there are certain specifications for each piece of equipment that are needed for them to operate at their full potential. Ideally, we follow the IICRC standards when it comes to equipment usage. Some jobs call for more and others less and it is all dependent on the situation. The perfect scenario in disaster restoration doesn’t exist, but we are committed to do our absolute best to maximize our efforts when remediating.
B: How do you protect your team when they are dealing with hazardous materials and hazardous conditions?
A: One of RestoreCore’s Core Values is to Be Safe, and having a One Team mentality, we take worker’s safety very seriously. We have a Safety Committee, and through this, we provide our technicians with training both in house and through classes online, or face to face. We have a quarterly asbestos awareness training course. In addition, most- if not all, of our technicians are either taking or have completed an OSHA 10-hour course. Technicians are supplied with a PPE bag with everything they could need. We do a weekly check to make sure all pieces are in working condition and restock consumable items. RestoreCore is lead certified and a few higher-level techs and Project Managers have taken the class and can run crews on sites that require lead abatement. Anything Asbestos related is addressed by a Licensed Abatement Contractor.
B: How do you protect the environment when it’s time to dispose of the hazardous materials that you mitigate from a job site?
A: Another Core Value at RestoreCore is to Care Deeply, not only about the people we help and serve, but also about the surrounding environment on our job sites and offices. Depending on the type of material, it is either removed by a licensed contractor if the materials are considered hazardous (ex: asbestos), or items are bagged and removed from the site to be disposed of offsite. We ensure proper protocols are followed to reduce any cross contamination. At the end of the day, our goal is to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of the people we encounter, as well as our team members.
B: What about any environmentally friendly methods of disposal of contaminated building materials?
A: The waste we collect is approved to be disposed of in large 30 yard roll off dumpsters we hold at each of our 6 locations. These are filled and swapped weekly (sometimes, multiple times). Any waste that is regulated due to the kind of materials, or type of contamination, is disposed of at an appropriate facility. All regulated waste is gathered by sub-contractors that are licensed to remove the specific waste. All other items (like hydraulic fluid from an elevator pit, oil spills, asbestos containing materials, freon in refrigerators, etc.) are called in and removed from the site appropriately by an approved vendor/contractor, who follows the proper industry disposal methods.
Thanks for joining us today, as we celebrate Earth Day! Our mission is to provide the best service possible in the property restoration world, while we continue to find ways to care deeply about our surrounding communities and the world, we live in.
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