A researcher, a legal expert and a building service contractor examine important new characteristics that distinguish the Delta variant, vaccine requirements and what society’s efforts to get back to normal mean for cleaning and restoration professionals. Join us on Thursday, Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. to hear this important discussion.
Presentation 1: The Cleaning Science of the Delta Variant by Dr. Greg Whiteley
Delta, a highly contagious SARS-CoV-2 virus strain, is now the predominant variant in the U.S., and is more transmissible than the common cold and influenza, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Now what? Does the increased transmissibility mean cleaning practices should change? What should cleaning and restoration professionals know to keep buildings and employees safe from this new variant?
Key questions to be discussed by Dr. Whiteley:
- Should we change our cleaning practices?
- Aerosol versus fomites: Understanding modes of transmission.
- How about cleaning validation? Is ATP an acceptable indicator?
- What comes next? Is a worse variant in the wings?
- Are cleaning staff still on the “front line”?
- What PPE is best? Masks? Gloves? Full face protection?
Presentation 2: Mandatory Vaccines? Coming to a State Near You by Karen J. Sloat, Esq.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fully approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Aug. 23, 2021, which may prompt more employers to mandate the shot.
Previously, some employers raised concerns about the legal risks associated with a vaccination mandate, particularly since the approved COVID-19 vaccines only had emergency use authorization. Now that the Pfizer vaccine has gained full FDA approval, employers may be more likely to proceed to mandate vaccinations and restrict access or modify job duties for those who won’t or can’t provide proof of vaccination.
Learn more about the legal and practical considerations about how COVID-19 vaccination mandates can influence policies, access to job sites and other impacts on your occupation.
A few key points of focus include:
- Can employers now mandate vaccinations for all employees, and terminate those who won’t get the vaccine, without incurring legal liability?
- How should employers handle employee exemptions to the mandate and “reasonable accommodation” of exempt employees, to reduce legal liability?
- How should the employer respond to customer inquiries about company employees’ vaccination status?
Presentation 3: Applying the Science and HR: A BSC’s Approach by Brian Harris, Janitronics
How does a service provider couple the science and legal learnings into practical application? Brian Harris, Operations Manager of Janitronics, will discuss how their business applies science-based research into training, processes and customer service, while also mitigating challenges related to labor shortages and changing legislation during the pandemic.
Key questions to be discussed by Mr. Harris:
- How do you stay abreast of changing legislation and how it impacts business continuity and operations effectiveness?
- How do you effectively communicate to internal and external parties regarding relevant health and safety information?
- How does your company implement strategies for optimized cleaning processes using new technology?
- What are the impacts of COVID-19 vaccines and the mandates placed on business from a practical sense?
During this webinar, each presentation will last approximately 15 minutes, and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions during a 15-minute Q&A session at the end of webinar.
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