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The Infection Prevention Strategy (TIPS)

Nov 10, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our systems and consumed our attention since March 2020. Unfortunately, the other pathogens didn’t go away and, in some ways, we’re given a new chance to thrive. Patient beds were taken out of the known environments and pushed to the hallway so overworked hospital staff could care for a nonstop influx of patients. PPE and cleaning products were in short supply, so EVS made decisions on the fly about alternative cleaning solutions and methods. The industry did the best it could under the circumstances. Mistakes were made. Approvals were reversed. Confusion ensued. It turns out, as John LaRochelle puts it: “You can’t just throw labor at the problem”.

There were bright spots too. GBAC designed and launched its GBAC Star Accreditation program during the pandemic and has helped scores of hotels, stadiums, convention centers and more reopen their facilities safely. The public became educated in key public health issues that we could never have gotten them to think about in the past, creating wonderful opportunities to expand our dialogue and improve public safety going forward. And though it was often painful, we learned important messages about how to better communicate science to the public.

All of this sets the stage for the cleaning industry’s big return to in-person events at the ISSA Show 2021 in Las Vegas from November 15-18, 2021. This event is an opportunity for the best minds in the cleaning industry to come together, take stock of the past 18+ months, and regroup on priorities for 2022.  

To help you get ready for the show, we’re talking with TIPS board members John LaRochelle and Dr. Rodney E. Rohde. John and Dr. Rohde provide an overview of where the pandemic has led the cleaning industry and they identify key issues that need our attention while we continue to grapple with COVID-19.

You can also check out John LaRochelle and Dr. Rodney Rohde (along with Daniel Gordon) speaking at the ISSA Show! They are presenting Post-Pandemic: The Truth About What Really Works in Hospitality on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, from 1-2 PM at Location: W205-W206.

If you’re headed to the ISSA Show then this episode will get you primed and ready to make the most of it. And even if you’re not, it’s full of expertise and insights that will help you plan for a productive 2022.


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