Environmental Health & Safety

COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UES has implemented CDC-recommended safety measures for all of our staff as well as our clients. Our goal is to continue to provide superior service while doing our part to ensure everyones health and help stem the tide of the spread of the Corona Virus. Please reach out for assistance with any of your ongoing or new projects.

If you or your staff are in need of training, UES and GFA are offering several courses specifically designed to provide vital information on COVID-19 as well as the services we can provide if you or your projects have been affected by the virus.

1-Hour Workplace Respiratory Protection Program – OSHA

Wednesday May 27, 2020 – 10:00am to 11:00am
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1-Hour Dealing with Infectious Agents in the Office Environment

Thursday May 28, 2020 – 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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1-Hour Dealing with Infectious Agents in the Construction Industry

Friday May 29, 2020 – 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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1-Hour Dealing with COVID-19 in Gyms and Training Facilities

Thursday June 9, 2020 – 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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For more information or to schedule service please contact Michelle McIntyre, MPH, CIH, CSP, CHSP | mmcintyre@teamgfa.com or Rich Carman | rcarman@universalengineering.com

Environmental Health & Safety

As environmental health & safety consultants, our in-house Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIH) and Certified Safety Professionals (CSP) have developed  COVID-19 services and training programs with the latest, most comprehensive and accurate information available based on relevant OSHA standards and CDC guidelines.

The programs will also be available online for clients to ensure proper training and compliance with OSHA procedures and CDC guidelines.

UES can develop a comprehensive OSHA-based, site-specific COVID-19 Response Plan which will be based on the needs of our client’s operations and will ensure the safety of their employees and visitors.

Services include:

Planning: The development of a detailed, company-wide Infectious Disease Control Plan and updated business continuity plan (BCP) to address the unique challenges posed by COVID-19.

Command & Control: We can train your own COVID-19 Job Site Coordinator or provide a COVID-19 Coordinator for you.

Communication: We can provide extensive communications to all your team members in line with OSHA, the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance regarding minimizing the risk of infection, practicing effective hygiene measures, and avoiding heightened risk situations, among other important COVID-19 operational protocols.

Working Together: We can help you create appropriate travel restrictions and social distancing protocols.

Cleaning it Right: We can provide site-specific instructions and protocols on how to clean and disinfect your facility, as well as product selection.

Tool Management: We can instruct on the proper cleaning of tools to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Disease Control: We can train and create protocols addressing Bloodborne Pathogens in your workplace.

Risk Management: We will identify high traffic areas and touch points.

Protecting the Lungs: Appropriate respirator selection and proper use.

Respirator Fit Testing: Training and fit testing to ensure protection.

Disease Protocols: We can help you determine appropriate infectious disease control standards and help you design your protocols and provide necessary training using easy to use checklists to assist in documentation.

Regulatory Compliance: We can train and equip you with special OSHA reporting guidance required under COVID-19 situations.

Safety with Chemicals: We can provide your employees with Hazardous Material Awareness Training. We will help you identify the Safety Data Sheets your employees will need to have at their fingertips when handling chemicals. We train on chemicals show them how to use the Safety Data Sheets.

Site Specific: We can help with specific site needs such as:

  • Working in commercial buildings
    • Understanding and finding touch points
  • Working on construction sites
  • Working in daycare settings
  • Working in healthcare environments

OSHA-Required Written Program Development

  • Hazard Communication
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Personal Protection Equipment
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Infectious Disease Exposure Plans

Surface Testing Options

We now offer post-cleaning/disinfecting surface sampling for our clients.

These tests can be used to help determine whether your own or your contractors cleaning and disinfecting practices are effective.

We work with our laboratory partners to offer several methods to our clients for surface testing at schools, restaurants, medical facilities, senior living, airports, and anywhere that post-cleaning surface testing is of critical importance.

ATP

Although not specific to the SARS-COV-2 virus, is a long-time established industry testing method involving a tool to measure ATP (adenosine triphosphate) which is an enzyme present in all organic matter, living and once-living, including blood, saliva and bacteria.

ATP surface testing measures the residual organic matter that may remain after a surface, device or piece of equipment is cleaned.

Immediate cleanness results will be displayed as either “passing” or “failing”.

SARS-CoV-2  (COVID-19) Surface Sampling

Molecular diagnostic swab test that detects the genetic signature (RNA) of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in swab samples from surfaces using clinical instrumentation

These tests quantify the viral RNA using real time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (PCR)

Positive results indicate the presence of the viral genetic material SARS-CoV-2 nucleic material but does not rule out the presence of other viral and bacterial contamination

The results are reported as detected or non-detected per sample provided. Turn-around time is 24 hours to four days.

Mold or Bacteria Surface Sampling

Surface testing for mold or bacteria biomass using technology developed by Myometer Inc.

This technology can differentiate between bacteria and fungi using different chemistry and has been tested and verified by the EPA (2011).

This testing will also provide immediate onsite results and be displayed as pass or fail.

Assistance with Other Needs and Services

  • Finding expert mold remediators and abatement contractors
  • Finding professional cleaning contractors
  • Locating experienced property managers
  • Locating community association managers
  • Obtaining expert safety or facility managers
  • Engineering Services
  • Providing experienced and expert Industrial hygiene services

COVID-19 Competent Person Training

  • We can offer an on-site COVID-19 Competent Person or offer training for your designated COVID-19 On-site Competent Person.
    • Four hour recorded webinar to assist owners and contractors who need to provide a COVID-19 competent person
      • Must pass a quiz
      • Receive a certificate of attendance
      • Employer can then use certificate to show training for competent person
  • Customized training available for larger classes or those who wish to have a private on-line live class customized to their company needs
  • Multiple competent persons are advised