"We know how important it is to make a homeowner feel safe when a technician enters their home," said Ron Strelke, president of Air Force.
Hundreds of incidents are reported each year involving homeowners being victimized by home service technicians.
"It's scary to learn that only a handful of all contractors actually practice this policy of conducting background checks and drug testing â€¦ that's why we feel it's so important to give homeowners a visual symbol that tells them their personal safety is not at risk when they hire a contractor who displays the â€˜Technician Seal of Safety'," he
The "Technician Seal of Safety" was adopted by Air Force
to display its commitment to conducting background checks and performing drug testing on personnel.
Like many industries facing a shortage of qualified personnel, the home services industry tends to fill vacancies quickly and with little scrutiny of candidates during the hiring process.
That is not the case at Air Force
"We follow the most stringent hiring policies allowed by law," said Strelke
"We know our customers deserve the peace of mind in knowing that our employees are safe and the best in the business," he
According to IMI Data Search
, a company that conducts background checks on potential hires, some industries experience a ratio as high as one out of four when it comes to applicants who turn out to have a criminal record.
That statistic, combined with numerous incidents of violence against homeowners by contract workers, indicates the growing importance of hiring contractors who embrace policies of background checks and drug testing.
In response to a recent incident in Florida where a woman was killed by a convicted sex offender who had performed duct cleaning in her
home, Texas passed House Bill 705 which requires an employer to run a background check on an employee before the worker could enter someone's home.
"When hiring a contractor to come into your home, most people don't consider their personal safety or the safety of their family," mentioned Strelke
"But we want to make sure that homeowners, including women who may feel uncomfortable at home alone with a technician, the elderly, or disabled, realize the importance of calling a contractor who displays the â€˜Technician Seal of Safety'.
At Air Force
, we stand behind the Seal to demonstrate how strongly we stand behind our customers and our community," he