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Reopening Your Facility After COVID-19

As shelter-in-place orders begin to lift throughout the country, businesses are shifting their focus towards reopening. Facility managers who used the time of closure to perform preventative maintenance on HVAC and other mechanical systems are in a better position than those who did nothing. Even so, if you are a building manager, you need a plan in place for reopening your facility. This plan should address cleaning, disinfecting, testing, and treatment to ensure proper indoor air quality. Reopening Risks As buildings lay dormant for weeks, even months during the COVID-19 pandemic, indoor air quality suffers. If the proper steps were not taken when the building was shut down, and the building was not maintained during the closure, there is a higher risk to building occupants once they return. Poor IAQ can lead to Sick Building Syndrome, or SBS, which triggers allergy-like symptoms in occupants. Waterborne pathogens may also have formed in standing water during closure which can cause illness. These things impact worker health and slow productivity. There are several factors managers must consider before their buildings ...
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Coronavirus Transmission Indoors Via Airborne Particles

It’s important to understand how aerosolized coronavirus transmission indoors impacts IAQ in buildings and what building and facilities managers can do about it. We know that the coronavirus gets spread through tiny airborne droplets of water. This happens when an infected person sneezes, coughs or even breathes. The virus also gets transmitted through contact with hard surfaces, such as door handles, light switches, and countertops, but can the coronavirus attach itself to particles already in the air? There is an increasing amount of evidence to suggest that this is the case. Aerosol Transmission of Coronavirus The coronavirus gets dispersed by mouth in droplets of water. Some of these droplets are microscopic while others can be the size of a grain of sand. Up to 30,000 particles can be cast from a single sneeze or cough. These droplets also get dispersed when we speak, talk, and breath, and they travel at speeds up to 60 miles per hour. They attach to aerosols, such as dust particles, already present in the air. If the coronavirus is transmitted by aerosols, ...
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Coronavirus Environmental Testing Assures Safe Occupancy

Pure Air Control Services has one of the few environmental laboratories that provides Coronavirus environmental testing of surface samples utilizing RT-qPCR technology. As businesses prepare to reopen and more importantly for essential businesses that remain open, ensuring a safe environment for occupants is the number one priority. Many organizations have been taking extra measures for cleaning during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to minimize the risk. But how do they know if the cleaning protocols are effective? Especially business with confirmed cases of COVID-19? Pure Air Control Services through their Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory (EDLab) division is now offering (SARS-CoV-2) Coronavirus environmental testing on surface samples in addition to their engineered PURE-Decon building disinfection solutions. This test is crucial for surveillance and risk mitigation in all types of business, healthcare and institutional facilities. “Coronavirus environmental testing for verification and clearance is a game-changer for both the health and economic side of this pandemic,” says Alan Wozniak, President/CEO of Pure Air Control Services, Inc. “This cutting-edge technology allows us to help businesses provide an extra layer of assurance to ...
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EDLab earns accreditation for biological testing from A2LA

EDLab earns accreditation for biological testing from A2LA EDLab at Pure Air Control Services has been accredited by the American Association of Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) for technical competence in Biological Testing Clearwater, FL - Wednesday, April 15, 2020 Pure Air Control Services, Inc. is proud to announce that its Environmental Diagnostic Laboratory (EDLab) has been accredited by the American Association of Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) to perform biological tests (Certificate #5594.01) on environmental and pharmaceutical samples (including bulk, swabs, wipes, water and liquids). EDLab is equipped, staffed and ready to serve your environmental or RX needs no matter the project scope. “Since 1992 EDLab has provided a high degree of expertise and analysis to indoor environmental and air quality investigations.” said Alan Wozniak, President of Pure Air Control Services, Inc. “We know this A2LA accreditation will add an extra level of confidence for our IAQ professional partners and their customers.” EDLab is already accredited by the New York State Department of Health ELAP (Certificate #12086) for Legionella testing and heterotrophic plate counts. They also participate in the CDC ...
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Maintaining IAQ and HVAC During Building Closures

Shelter-in-place orders in states across the country have caused many businesses to cease operations. Until the COVID-19 pandemic is brought under control many facilities will remain empty. While we provide Coronavirus solutions like verification and clearance testing, as well as disinfection services, underlying IAQ and HVAC conditions drastically affect viral spread and return occupancy.  Plus, facilities managers know, an empty building is not a worry-free building. Security and maintenance issues must get addressed. The silver lining in this is that a building shutdown, however temporary, is a good time to perform preventive maintenance and keep indoor air quality at proper levels. Maintaining IAQ and HVAC during building closures is critical to reopening the building for occupancy. Maintenance for HVAC during closures ensures that IAQ issues get resolved and systems get inspected, cleaned, and serviced. The benefits are a safer work environment for occupants when operations resume and a better return on investment on systems equipment and building materials. Opportunity for Preventive Maintenance Preventive maintenance is a plan to prevent problems from occurring. Potential issues could include predictable ...
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