Industry Alert: New PA State Requirement—Proactive Facility Cleaning to Reduce COVID-19 Risk

To protect the public from the spread of COVID-19 risk, the PA Department of Health has issued an order regarding specific safety measures for building facilities.

Who does this impact?

Operations designated as “essential” in the state of Pennsylvania which meet the following criteria:

  • Warehouse
  • Manufacturing
  • Commercial offices
  • Airports
  • Grocery stores
  • Universities & colleges
  • Government
  • Hotels
  • Residential buildings with at least 50 units

If my company fits the criteria, what do I need to do?

  1. Maintain pre-existing cleaning protocols for all areas of your building;
  2. Supplement pre-existing maintenance protocols by routinely cleaning and disinfecting high-touch areas (e.g. accessible to customers, tenants, or other individuals), in accordance with CDC guidelines;
  3. Ensure that you have enough employees to perform the above protocols effectively to protect the safety of all occupants and employees;
  4. Ensure that you have enough security employees to control access, maintain order, and enforce social distancing of at least 6 feet.

To view the official order, please visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health website here.

Are you prepared?

Apex can help. Our team can identify the proper training requirements, provide required training, develop guidance for your employees and/or contractors; and provide oversight to ensure conformance with these new state requirements.

How can we help?

Our services include:

  • Cleaning and Disinfection Protocol and Plan Development
  • Third Party Cleaning and Disinfection Protocol Conformance Oversight
  • Turnkey Cleaning and Disinfection including Biohazardous Waste Removal
  • Workforce Training and Education
  • Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Short- and Long‑Term Staff Augmentation

Why Apex?

We’ve assembled a best-in-class team of professionals. Our ready-to-deploy team with toxicology and public health backgrounds includes PhDs, Chemical and Biological Threat Mitigation Specialists, Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIHs), Certified Safety Professionals (CSPs), and experts with Masters of Science in Public Health (MSPH) degrees who are dedicated to addressing your coronavirus needs.

Our approaches are rooted in the latest technical guidance and our teams are knowledgeable in the most up-to‑date CDC‑recommended standard, contact, and airborne precautions for coronavirus management.

As one of the largest industrial hygiene firms in the country, we have 30+ years of environmental excellence, 1000+ professionals, and 50+ offices nationwide ready to manage your coronavirus risk.

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