Brad Kovar - President and CEO of Safeguard Envirogroup
Brad Kovar is the founder, President and CEO of Safeguard EnviroGroup, a distinguished indoor environmental consulting firm in Southern California. He holds board – awarded designations, third-party accredited by the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB) and the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Mr. Kovar consults on indoor environmental issues for state and municipal agencies, insurance companies on major loss claims and is a court certified expert providing testimony and pre-trial forensic case development in the fields of microbial and smoke damage investigations and remediation.
Mr. Kovar has extensive experience as a hygienist, instructor and consultant in the indoor environmental industry and has served on national and international indoor environmental scientific committees. He has participated in the investigation and analysis of hundreds of smoke damage claims involving structural, protein and wildfires throughout the US, including every major California wildfire in recent history.
Mr. Kovar has collaborated and co-authored, with renowned experts across the country, authoritative technical guidelines on smoke damage investigations and remediation which have been published in peer-review scientific journals. The IICRC’s Journal of Cleaning, Restoration and Inspection has recognized these procedural guidelines as “the industry’s first comprehensive guidelines for wildfire damage investigations and remediation”. Further, Mr. Kovar principally participated as a drafter of a soon to be released Fire and Smoke Damage American National Standard.
Mr. Kovar is an expert member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Wildfire Project Team and has presented technical programs at Industry conferences including AIHce, IICRC Technical Symposium and has been invited to present at the upcoming IAQA 20th Annual Meeting.
Most recently, the American Council of Accredited Certification (ACAC) which offers the most widely recognized certifications in the indoor air quality industry, recruited Mr. Kovar to establish and develop the CFSx program, the industry’s first Board – certified Fire and Smoke Damage credential launched in October 2016. Mr. Kovar chaired both ACAC Steering Committees and was the principle drafter of the ACAC Fire and Smoke Credential Exam Study and Review guide.
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