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OSHA Predictions Related to COVID-19

What are your responsibilities under OSHA related to COVID-19?OSHA Predictions Related to COVID-19

By Cole Stanton

As an employer, you have the responsibility to protect your employees from COVID-19.

Your employees are your greatest asset.  Protecting them means the difference between keeping your crews healthy and productive and shutting down a jobsite or your business for weeks or even months or worse.

Moving forward, expect to see job site requirements for a COVID site supervisor and COVID safety officer.  According to the General Duty Clause from the OSHA Act of 1970, in addition to compliance with hazard-specific standards, all employers must provide a work environment “free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm.”  Employers have the responsibility via the Act to mitigate the hazard presented by the COVID-19 disease.  In parallel, the multitude of CDC recommendations also place responsibility on decisionmakers to protect, and although little specific guidance is provided, one word set repeats in all the recommendations:  clean and disinfect.

​While policies surrounding fall protection, ventilation and PPE are commonplace, infection control for many businesses is a new landscape.  Moving forward, have a written policy that meets CDC and OSHA requirements.  Your team has a ‘right to know’ the expectations for keeping themselves and their peers/colleagues safe.  That includes what disinfects are used, why and how.

Take the time to train your employees on the guidelines your new infection control policy covers and be sure they know where to access the sanitizing supplies needed to clean.

Expect new guidelines for worker safety to require testing, tracking and isolation to prevent collateral damage.  Ensure that your policy covers frequent disinfecting of tools, equipment touch points, iPads or clip boards and vehicle touchpoints utilizing an EPA N list disinfectant.  Your offices, jobsite trailers and warehouse space will need a regular disinfectant schedule, additional worker protection and an emergency response plan should a COVID-19 case positive occur within your organization or at your customers’ homes, buildings and construction sites.

Developing a policy for infection prevention, including your process for disinfecting, protects your employees and your business from harm. Take the time to train your employees on the guidelines your new infection control policy covers and be sure they know where to access the sanitizing supplies needed to clean.

Sanitizing supplies have been hard to come by, but ICP Group’s Fiberlock brand has disinfectants and sanitizers in stock that are EPA approved to kill coronavirus. They are ideal for use in public spaces, on jobsites and are safe enough to be used in schools and healthcare environments.

The New Normal has a new bottom line.  Everyone that is responsible or accountable has this duty:  Clean and Disinfect to the extent necessary to mitigate against exposure of guests, customers, visitors, members and staff to the virus on touchable surfaces.

 

About the Author

Cole Stanton

As of Spring 2020, Cole Stanton is Director of Education and AED Specification for the Building Solutions Group (BSG) of ICP (Innovative Chemical Products). In building out a more structured and robust training, knowledge, and specification capability, Cole continues to engage and serve all 24 brands and over 12,000 construction projects in the BSG portfolio. These product areas include building envelope, environmental restoration & remediation, waterproofing, aesthetic finishes, industrial performance coatings, paint removers, marine applications, cementitious technologies, and recreational/athletic surfaces. ICP is the 10th largest coatings company in North America. 

For 22 years prior, Cole served in leadership, technical and field sales roles for ICP’s Fiberlock’s products for remediation of asbestos, lead paint, mold, disaster recovery, and smoke/fire restoration. 

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EPA’s List N

What you need to know about EPA's List N

What you need to know about EPA’s List N

By Cole Stanton

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency produced and maintains a list of EPA-registered disinfectant products

To aid the public in selecting disinfectants, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) produced and maintains a list of EPA-registered disinfectant products that have qualified for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.  While no disinfectants have been tested against this particular strain of coronavirus because it is so new, the EPA’s List N was created to provide guidance in selecting effective disinfectants.

The list was developed through the agency’s Emerging Viral Pathogen program based on data that product manufacturers provided, even in advance of an outbreak that shows efficacy against harder to kill viruses than SARS-CoV-2 or a similar strain of human coronavirus.

Disinfection is key in the battle against this virus.  Therefore, understanding which products will be effective is vital.  When searching the EPA’s List N, utilize the product’s EPA registration number to locate it on the list.  You can find the EPA registration number on the product’s label, data sheets and often, marketing materials.

 

About the Author

COLE STANTON

As of Spring 2020, Cole Stanton is Director of Education and AED Specification for the Building Solutions Group (BSG) of ICP (Innovative Chemical Products). In building out a more structured and robust training, knowledge, and specification capability, Cole continues to engage and serve all 24 brands and over 12,000 construction projects in the BSG portfolio. These product areas include building envelope, environmental restoration & remediation, waterproofing, aesthetic finishes, industrial performance coatings, paint removers, marine applications, cementitious technologies, and recreational/athletic surfaces. ICP is the 10th largest coatings company in North America. 

For 22 years prior, Cole served in leadership, technical and field sales roles for ICP’s Fiberlock’s products for remediation of asbestos, lead paint, mold, disaster recovery, and smoke/fire restoration. 

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Touchpoint Disinfection

Taking away the complexity from touchpoint disinfection

Touchpoint Disinfection: What You Need to Know

By Cole Stanton

Did you know that a single doorknob can infect half of an office in only 2-3 hours?

Have you heard that 30% of employees have witnessed their co-workers leave the restroom without washing their hands?  Disinfecting can help reduce the spread of infection.

Essentially, there are five things you need to know about proper disinfection, particularly during a viral outbreak.

A single doorknob can infect half an office in as little as 2-3 hours

1 – Touchpoints

This is where you want to focus your efforts.  Touchpoints can vary based on your location but in general, think of door knobs, keypads, railings, turn styles, elevator buttons, garbage cans, drinking fountains, keyboards, restrooms including door locks, faucet handles, soap dispensers, tabletops….to list a few!

2 – Utilize an EPA Registered Disinfectant

Utilize an EPA registered disinfectant, and during a COVID outbreak and EPA List N disinfectant.  If a product is EPA registered, the number will be listed on the label.  List N was developed by the EPA to aid the public in selecting disinfectants, that have qualified for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.  To ensure a product is on List N, search the registration number in List N at epa.gov.

3 – Follow the Directions on the Products’ Label

Look for instructions to include which types of surfaces the product can be used on.  It may call for precleaning from obvious dirt and grime.  The label will tell you the appropriate contact time for the disinfectant to be effective at killing viruses.  When it comes to EPA registered disinfectants, the label is the law.  Additionally, the efficacy of the product is based on following the manufacturers’ recommendations.

4 – Applying the Disinfectant Can Be as Simple or Sophisticated as You Like

The size and location of the job should determine how the product is applied.  For anything from homes to small offices, disinfectant wipes or a trigger spray bottle and a microfiber cloth work well.  As you progress into larger areas and more frequent disinfection, larger volume spray equipment may save time and add efficiency.  Ventilation should be considered into the equipment decision as well.  Options for spray equipment range from a simple compression sprayer up to foaming applicators and airless spray equipment.

5 – Repeat

During times of high illness among the occupants of a facility or community, disinfection frequency should increase.  This is even more applicable when discussing touch points, particularly during a pandemic!

About the Author

Cole Stanton

As of Spring 2020, Cole Stanton is Director of Education and AED Specification for the Building Solutions Group (BSG) of ICP (Innovative Chemical Products). In building out a more structured and robust training, knowledge, and specification capability, Cole continues to engage and serve all 24 brands and over 12,000 construction projects in the BSG portfolio. These product areas include building envelope, environmental restoration & remediation, waterproofing, aesthetic finishes, industrial performance coatings, paint removers, marine applications, cementitious technologies, and recreational/athletic surfaces. ICP is the 10th largest coatings company in North America. 

For 22 years prior, Cole served in leadership, technical and field sales roles for ICP’s Fiberlock’s products for remediation of asbestos, lead paint, mold, disaster recovery, and smoke/fire restoration. 

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