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General Industrial Hygiene

To Modify or Not to Modify, that is the Question – Building Ventilation Systems and COVID-19 – FACS Update #12

The main transmission routes for SARS-CoV-2 are direct contact or respiratory droplets (aerosols) during close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes) with an infected person.  However, according to an early release CDC report due out this July, whether SARS-CoV-2 can be transmitted by aerosols remains controversial. The following discussion will try to shed some light on what can be a complicated question.  Should any special steps be implemented for a building’s heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system in buildings during various stages of occupancy?  This question is asked more frequently as we start to move from community-wide stay…
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General Industrial Hygiene

COVID-19 Testing in the Workplace: What You Should Know (And Do): FACS Update #10

This week’s COVID-19 Response Update is a featured piece written by our medical consulting partner, Cogency. For more information on medical testing in the workplace to ensure a safe return-to-work program, contact the Cogency team today. Diagnostic and surveillance testing for COVID-19 provide important information for physicians and public health professionals. This includes guiding recommendations that promote safety and health for both individuals and the larger population. How should we apply this to the workplace? The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) general duty clause states that “employers should furnish a workplace that is free from recognized hazards.” So,…
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General Industrial Hygiene

Understanding the Distinctions Between Respirators, Surgical Masks, and Cloth Face Coverings: FACS Update #6

Public Health organizations, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), United States Department of Defense (DoD), and many local or state public health departments, have recently made recommendations or released guidance on the use of cloth face coverings by individuals when in public settings to slow the spread of COVID-19 illness where other social distancing and hygiene measures are difficult to maintain, particularly in areas where significant community-transmission has been documented. These recommendations may have been perceived by many as contradicting the statements previously made by CDC that face masks/coverings were only necessary for people who were…
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General Industrial Hygiene

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions: FACS Update #5

What should employers and building owners/managers be doing to protect employees and other stakeholders from COVID-19? The first thing to do is to be aware of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance. The CDC has specific guidance for businesses and retirement/independent living properties, and other facilities. Secondly, you want to have a written infection prevention plan in place that goes along with the CDC guidance. There are three major fundamentals of prevention that we look for:
  1. Activity/work modification.
    1. Eliminate in-person contact
    2. Use barriers or other “engineered” controls to separate people
    3. Modify behaviors to incorporate physical distancing, increased
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