CDC and ASHRAE HVAC Guidance for Commercial Buildings: Beware of creating new problems when modifying systems for COVID-19

  |  July 1, 2020

Across the country employers and building owners and managers are working to ready their buildings to welcome back workers and visitors after the COVID-19 shutdown. Maintaining health-protective workspaces is key for controlling the spread of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) during the pandemic and to help minimize the “second wave”. Building systems can play...
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COVID-19 Management Planning: Questions Employers Must Be Able to Answer Before Returning Employees to the Workplace

and   |  May 27, 2020

Across the U.S. states are beginning to lift restrictions that will allow businesses to reopen. While this brings hope, it also presents an enormous task and responsibility for employers. Employers will need to coordinate with multiple groups to prepare their workplace for re-occupancy and establish plans for how they will safely manage their workforce and...
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Reopening Clinics: Ensuring a Healthy Facility and Staff Safety

  |  May 14, 2020

As public health experts determine that it is safe to see patients and stay-at-home restrictions are relaxed, ambulatory care centers, physician clinics and dental clinics should strategically plan when and how best to reopen. The physical environment is part of the foundation of providing a healthy workplace so properly preparing your facility prior to re-occupancy...
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Reopening for Business: COVID-19 Medical Tests for Employees

and   |  May 8, 2020

As organizations prepare to reopen for business, many are considering medical tests as a screening tool. It is important to understand the facts regarding the benefits and limitations of these tests when including them in a strategy for returning employees to the workplace. Without a proper understanding of the criteria for interpreting the results, a...
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Update – Emergency Use of Uncertified Respirators: OSHA Releases Guidance in Alignment with FDA and CDC

  |  April 8, 2020

OSHA recently provided some much-needed compliance relief for healthcare providers (HCPs). On April 3, 2020, OSHA released two enforcement guidance memorandums to Regional Administrators and State Plan Designees regarding the emergency use of respirators that are not NIOSH-certified and respirators for which the use-by date has expired. This supplements earlier guidance that was the subject...
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Emergency Use of Uncertified Respirators: Can the FDA Allow Use of Uncertified Respirators to Protect Workers?

and   |  March 30, 2020

Can the FDA allow uncertified respirators to be used to protect worker health and safety? Check out the newest post on this issue: OSHA Releases Guidance in Alignment with FDA and CDC On March 28, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) to allow healthcare providers (HCPs) to re-use...
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