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www.csceng.com 800.807.1118 June 2020 
  
Every day, Clark Seif Clark professionals are deployed across the nation helping both large and small customers resolve health & safety, industrial hygiene, environmental and indoor air quality issues. 
  
At a moment's notice, Clark Seif Clark can send their experts anywhere they are needed.  No matter if it's in response to a hurricane, wildfire, flood, tornado or other natural disaster, Clark Seif Clark is ready to help and can respond in no time at all.
COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidance from the CDC  
Many of the millions of businesses and institutions that were temporarily shut down earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic have reopened or are planning to in the next few weeks. With restrictions being lifted in states across the country, employers face challenges ensuring the indoor environmental quality (IEQ) of their facilities are safe for workers, customers and the public due to coronavirus and other exposure concerns.
 
A key component of reopening, and preventing a second surge of infections, is cleaning and disinfecting buildings and public spaces. To address this issue, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting - Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools and Homes.
 
According to the agency, the guidance document is intended for all Americans, whether they own a business, run a school or want to ensure the cleanliness and safety of their home. It states that cleaning and disinfecting requires:
  • Developing a plan
  • Implementing the plan
  • Maintaining and revising the plan
" Reducing the risk of illnesses due to COVID-19 with cleaning and disinfecting protocols is a critical part of reopening businesses and institutions following the unprecedented closures so many experienced earlier this year," said Zahid Iqbal, MPH, CIH and Technical Director at Clark Seif Clark (CSC). "Employers need to develop a plan by evaluating spaces to determine factors such as the different kinds of surfaces and materials that make up each area. Some surfaces can be handled with routine cleaning, while others, particularly frequently touched surfaces and objects, will also require frequent disinfection. These plans also need to be maintained for the foreseeable future and revised as new guidance is released. At CSC, we are proud to support these efforts with 3rd party verification of cleaning and disinfection protocols, along with other environmental testing. In addition, our industrial hygiene and IEQ professionals provide employee training, personal protective equipment education, emergency response planning and building assessments."
 
CSC also recently sponsored an educational video about the CDC's cleaning and disinfecting guidance that can be seen below:

Reopening Guidance for Cleaning & Disinfecting Public Spaces, Businesses, Schools & Homes
Reopening Guidance for Cleaning & Disinfecting Public Spaces, Businesses, Schools & Homes

To learn more about this or other building science, infection control, industrial hygiene, indoor air quality, environmental, health and safety services,  please visit  www.csceng.com , email csc@csceng.com or call (800) 807-1118.
Infection Control and Indoor Environmental Quality Challenges for Airlines and Airports
According to some estimates, in a typical year, approximately 3.6 billion people across the globe travel on commercial airlines. The industry is supported by over 17,000 commercial airports and millions of workers.
 
In 2020, commercial airline travel plummeted during the first part of the year as the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world and temporarily collapsed demand for business and leisure travel. As this critical industry recovers, already existing fears among some travelers and workers about indoor environmental quality (IEQ) issues and the potential spread of airborne and surface germs have become a significant issue. Indeed, the person-to-person spread of infectious diseases through respiratory droplets in the air or from touching contaminated surfaces or objects are two of the primary ways germs are spread in an airplane, airport or any built environment.
 
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reports that some of the ways communicable diseases can be spread on a plane include:
  • Direct contact with a sick person
  • Breathing in airborne viruses and bacteria
  • Contact with blood and other body fluids
  • Contact with a contaminated surface or object
Cabin air hazards are also addressed by NIOSH. Ventilation hazards, including carbon monoxide, ozone and carbon dioxide levels; transmission of communicable diseases from sick passengers; cabin altitude and pressurization changes; and air contamination events when cabin air becomes contaminated with breakdown products from heated engine oil or hydraulic fluid are all issues listed by the agency. As airports and airlines gradually add flights to handle demand as the industry recovers, addressing infection control and IEQ issues are key components for success.
 
Helping airlines, airports and other forms of mass transportation handle these challenges are the industrial hygiene and indoor environmental quality professionals at Clark Seif Clark . CSC's experts provide personal protective equipment training, emergency response planning, 3rd party verification of cleaning and disinfection protocols, environmental testing and more. They have also sponsored an educational video about IEQ and preventing the spread of germs on airplanes that can be seen below: 

Airplanes - Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) and Preventing the Spread of Germs
Airplanes - Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) and Preventing the Spread of Germs
 
To learn more about this or other infection control, industrial hygiene, indoor air quality, environmental, health and safety services,  please visit www.csceng.com , email csc@csceng.com or call (800) 807-1118.  

About Clark Seif Clark: CSC was established in 1989 to help clients in both the public and private sectors address environmental issues.  CSC is a leading provider of these services with multiple offices along the western seaboard and southwest. The company believes in science-based protocols and has a strong background in engineering making them the preferred environmental consultants to healthcare facilities, architects, schools, builders, contractors, developers and real estate professionals.

In This Issue
COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidance from the CDC
Infection Control and Indoor Environmental Quality Challenges for Airlines and Airports
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