Article Number: 21119
IICRC Revising Current S540 Standard for Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup
LAS VEGAS – June 9, 2020– The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is revising the ANSI/IICRC S540 Standard for Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup. Applications to serve on the consensus body are being accepted until August 31.

ANSI/IICRC S540 Standard defines criteria and methodology used by the technician for inspecting and investigating blood and other potentially infectious material (OPIM) contamination and for establishing work plans and procedures. The Standard describes the procedures to be followed and the precautions to be taken when performing trauma and crime scene cleanup regardless of surface, item or location. This Standard assumes that all scenes have been released by law enforcement or regulatory agencies.

Trauma and crime scene cleanup consists of the following components for which procedures are described in the ANSI/IICRC S540 Standard:

• Principles of Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup
• Safety and Health
• Biocide and Antimicrobial Technology
• Administrative Procedures, Documentation, and Risk Management
• Inspection and Preliminary Determination
• Equipment and Tools
• Limitations, Complexities, Complications, and Conflicts
• Structural Remediation
• Vehicle and Machinery Construction
• Contents Remediation
• Containment and Disposal of Waste or Sharps
• Confirmation of Cleanliness

The revised S540 will be developed under the ANSI Essential Requirements as American National Standards. To apply to serve on this consensus body, visit

The IICRC is a global, ANSI-accredited Standards Developing Organization (SDO) that credentials individuals in 20+ categories within the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. Representing more than 60,000 certified technicians and 6,000 Certified Firms in 22 countries, the IICRC, in partnership with regional and international trade associations, represents the entire industry. The IICRC does not own schools, employ instructors, produce training materials or promote specific product brands, cleaning methods or systems. For more information, visit

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