Brad Kovar – President and CEO of Safeguard Envirogroup
Brad Kovar is a fire and smoke damage subject matter expert and high demand speaker at industry technical conferences and symposiums including, AIHA, IICRC, JTS, IPOA, and IAQA. He is a published author and consultant, as well as, the founder, President, and CEO of Safeguard EnviroGroup, a leading Indoor Environmental consulting firm with corporate headquarters in Southern California. 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. In the past 20 years, he has participated in the investigation and analysis of thousands of smoke damage claims involving structure fires, protein fires, vehicular fires, airplane crash sites, and wildfires throughout the US, including every major California wildfire in recent history.
He developed the industry’s first Council-certified Fire and Smoke Damage Consultant (CFSC) accredited credential for the American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC) including writing the certification’s study guide and exam review. He is one of only three IAQA Approved Training Course Providers. 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. He was the primary author of the New AIHA Technical Guide for Wildfire Impact Investigations for the OEHS Professional and is an expert member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Wildfire Project Team. Mr. Kovar was appointed as a voting consensus body member for the IICRC/ANSI S700 Standard for Professional Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration. In addition, Mr. Kovar is the Chairman of the IICRC S760 Standard for Professional Restoration of Structures and Items damaged by Wildfire Smoke.
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