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Air Scrubbers and Negative Air Machines Are Useful Tools in Improving Air Quality

The impact that forest and structural fires have on indoor air quality can be quite severe. Whether a property is in close proximity to a fire or has been damaged directly by the flames, smoke can negatively impact the air quality within the building. Smoke damage requires specialized equipment and technicians to thoroughly and effectively restore the property back to a healthy and clean environment. Professional fire and smoke remediation experts use negative air machines, air scrubbers, and specialized charcoal filters in order to clean the air as thoroughly as possible.

Dangers of Lingering Smoke Particles
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), smoke is a dangerous collection of gasses and burned particles. When the microscopic particles are inhaled, they can cause lasting health problems.

Poor air quality due to excessive smoke can cause a variety of health concerns that are especially dangerous for people who are very young, elderly, pregnant, have diabetes or have lung/heart conditions. Symptoms can include burning eyes, runny nose, cough, phlegm, wheezing, and difficulty breathing. It is extremely important that proper measures are taken to thoroughly clean the air in order to avoid these dangerous symptoms.

Air Scrubbers
Air scrubbers are specialized devices that professional air quality technicians use in order to remove all traces of dangerous gasses and harmful particles that are left in the air after a fire. They are also used to clean harmful viruses, bacteria, and chemical odors from the air.

Air scrubber machines use specialized filters to catch microscopic particles and droplets and remove them from the air. The contaminated room air is moved through the machine for filtering and then clean air is returned into the room. Typically, air scrubbers are used continuously for 24 to 48 hours in order to effectively clean the air in any given room. Some circumstances may require more or less time. A professional air quality expert is able to recommend the appropriate length of time that an air scrubber should be used.

Negative Air Machines
Negative air machines are similar to air scrubbers, but they are vented outside of the room in order to create negative pressure inside the room. Negative air pressure within a space keeps the contaminated air inside the room and protects the surrounding spaces from contamination. Creating a containment area using negative air machines is especially useful in situations where particles are likely to spread throughout the building, like during mold or asbestos remediation.

Negative air machines and air scrubbers use similar technology. Many models of air scrubbers can be vented outside of the room in order to achieve negative pressure within the room.

Charcoal Filters
Charcoal filters are used in air scrubbers and negative air machines to remove unpleasant odors from the air. When charcoal filters are used in conjunction with HEPA filters in an air scrubber or negative air machine, they can catch up to 99.97% of unwanted and dangerous particles. Using both charcoal filters and HEPA filters ensures that the dangerous particles from burnt objects as well as the bad odors that come with smoke damage are both removed.

Uses for Air Scrubbers and Negative Air Machines
Air scrubbers and negative air machines are not just for smoke remediation but can also help resolve a number of air quality issues. Since air scrubbers are useful for removing particles and droplets from the air, they can be used as part of a virus outbreak sanitization process. Air scrubbers are also effective at removing pollutants, toxins, pet dander, and dust from any space.

Air scrubbers are not just used for toxic air contamination, but they can also be used in a more casual setting. These useful machines are able to remove unwanted odors from any space. They can be useful in maintaining a pleasant environment in smaller spaces like restaurants and at group gathering like parties.

Negative air machines are useful for containing contaminants within a space while cleaning the air. They are often used during mold and asbestos removal in order to ensure that dangerous spores or other particles do not move into other areas of the structure while the problem is being mitigated.

Air scrubbers and negative air machines come in a variety of sizes that are suitable for a variety of rooms. A certified air quality professional is able to recommend the appropriately sized machine for the size of space and level of contamination.
Many indoor air solutions companies, like Alliance Environmental, make their air scrubbers and negative air machines available for short-term rental. This is useful for ensuring the air is clean and odor-free in a variety of situations without having to invest in pricey machines that will only be used sporadically.

Alliance Environmental Invests in Clean Air Solutions
Alliance Environmental is an industry leader in environmental remediation. They use proven technology like air scrubbers and negative air machines in many of their projects. Their teams of highly trained industry professionals take the health and safety of their own team as well as their customers very seriously. Their customers rely on them to provide innovative solutions to a variety of problems including smoke, asbestos, and mold remediation. Alliance Environmental always considers the air quality in each and every one of their projects.

The professional crew members that work for Alliance Environmental are highly trained experts that use cutting-edge technology to get exceptional results.

COVID Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfection using ProKure®

Learn about the product ProKure® and its ability to clean, sanitize, and disinfect, as well as its effectiveness against COVID-19.

COVID-19 has been a traumatic pandemic event for the whole of the planet, causing mass disruptions in almost everybody’s lives, in commercial businesses, industrial settings, and public locations. Reducing the spread of COVID-19 has been a struggle for many places, and the EPA and CDC worked together to ensure that proper protocols were announced to reduce the spread as much as possible, from social distancing and masking to the approval of products designed to deal with viruses and pathogens. One such product approved by the EPA for cleaning surfaces that have possibly been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is ProKure V, a solution that creates Chlorine Dioxide.

What is Prokure V and Chlorine Dioxide?
Chlorine is well known in the world for disinfection and sanitizing, in fact most survival guides will include it as an option for sanitizing water for safe consumption in the wild. However, less known to most people is Chlorine Dioxide, where ProKure V makes it available in a dry packet form for creating the chemical on demand when just mixing with water. Chlorine Dioxide is a chemical that is a cell disruptor, which unlike hard chemicals and poisons, works by breaking down the cell membranes of unwanted pathogens, rather than requiring ingestion or digestion. Due to this property, Chlorine Dioxide kills pathogenic cells from the outside in, meaning that a pathogen targeted is unable to mutate, or build a tolerance to Chlorine Dioxide like it could for antibiotics and antiviral medicines.

This ability to prevent mutation, or the building of tolerances, means that ProKure V can be used on any form of SARS-CoV-2 mutated variants. As the spread of Delta increases throughout the United States, it’s important to ensure any spaces that have been exposed be disinfected thoroughly immediately after exposure, and ProKure V can be used to disinfect any hard surfaces within those spaces effectively.

ProKure V is a convenient pouch, which includes a dry compound within it made up of Sodium Chlorite and other ingredients that when mixed with simple tap water, will create Chlorine Dioxide (ClO2). Once mixed, the ClO2 can be used in any number of ways to help disinfect and sanitize hard surfaces in a building.

The History of Chlorine Dioxide
ClO2 has been in use since its discovery over two centuries ago when Sir Humphrey Davy discovered it when he reacted potassium chlorate with sulfuric acid. Come the early to mid 20th century its use started to greatly expand, especially in its gaseous form, as it is a true gas and will expand to fill a space uniformly, which is great for mildew and odor control. In 1944, and the 1950s, ClO2 started to replace chlorine in many municipalities as their water treatment of choice for municipal tap water. In 1967, the EPA registered an aqueous form of ClO2 for use as a sanitizer and disinfectant.

Effectiveness of ProKure V Against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)
ProKure V, which is a product that creates ClO2 in aqueous form when used, is a hospital-grade disinfectant and heavy-duty odor eliminator. It is registered with the EPA as being effective against SARS-CoV-2 within 30 seconds. See the product label for a full ingredients list, specific claims, and general use.

EPA Registered Product: ProKure V
It’s registration number as ‘Performacide’ is 87508-3, and ProKure V’s EPA registration number is 87508-3-89334. For more information regarding COVID-19 from the EPA click here.

Recommended Protocol for Disinfection with ProKure V
When looking to deploy ProKure V in order to disinfect a space that has been exposed to COVID-19, ProKure Solutions has a recommended protocol page that you can follow.

A quick summary: If you are looking to disinfect a possibly exposed building, before you go to the site it is best to get as much information you can about the location such as its level of traffic of people, the urgency of the disinfect, whether they are an essential service, floor plans, when they need to reopen, etc. All this information will determine the number of technicians you will need to disinfect the building, and how fast and thorough you need to work.

Always ensure every person of the disinfection team has been fully trained in the use of the product, as well as the use of their PPE, and general disinfection protocols, from the point of entry of the building to the exiting afterward. Cleaning begins from the exterior of the front door, and all hard surfaces should be wet cleaned. ClO2 can kill COVID-19 in 30 seconds, however, it’s always recommended that hard surfaces be wet for 10 minutes during the disinfection process, then wiped clean with a microfiber cloth wetted with disinfectant.
As well, any person on the team should be fully decontaminated when leaving an exposed building after the disinfection process, and the building should be assessed by a team leader before giving the okay for its reopening.

How to Use ProKure V Dry Packets
ProKure V dry packets are easy to use and can be cut open and poured into a container containing normal tap water. The size of the packet determines the amount of water you need for it to mix to proper proportions, so check on the label of the packet for proper mixing instructions.

Once ProKure V has been mixed in a container, you should use it immediately, however, if you have some solution left over, then it can be stored. ClO2 needs to be stored in a plastic container that is airtight as well as being completely opaque; sunlight can cause the chemical to break down prematurely. Any stored solution should have its mixing date labeled on the container, and it needs to be used within 15 days.

Using ProKure to Disinfect Your Space
ProKure V is a convenient packaged dry chemical that produces ClO2 in an aqueous form, that can then be applied to any hard surfaces to kill pathogens, such as SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), and any of its variants, such as the most recent Delta variant. With over a half-century of EPA approval in an aqueous form, it has been found to be safe to use alternative to harsh chemicals and poisons at disinfecting and sterilizing hard surfaces.

COVID Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfection using ProKure®

Learn about the product ProKure® and its ability to clean, sanitize, and disinfect, as well as its effectiveness against COVID-19.

COVID-19 has been a traumatic pandemic event for the whole of the planet, causing mass disruptions in almost everybody’s lives, in commercial businesses, industrial settings, and public locations. Reducing the spread of COVID-19 has been a struggle for many places, and the EPA and CDC worked together to ensure that proper protocols were announced to reduce the spread as much as possible, from social distancing and masking, to the approval of products designed to deal with viruses and pathogens. One such product approved by the EPA for cleaning surfaces that have possibly been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is ProKure V, a solution that creates Chlorine Dioxide.

What is Prokure V and Chlorine Dioxide?
Chlorine is well known in the world for disinfection and sanitizing, in fact most survival guides will include it as an option for sanitizing water for safe consumption in the wild. However, less known to most people is Chlorine Dioxide, where ProKure V makes it available in a dry packet form for creating the chemical on demand when just mixing with water. Chlorine Dioxide is a chemical that is a cell disruptor, which unlike hard chemicals and poisons, works by breaking down the cell membranes of unwanted pathogens, rather than requiring ingestion or digestion. Due to this property, Chlorine Dioxide kills pathogenic cells from the outside in, meaning that a pathogen targeted is unable to mutate, or build a tolerance to Chlorine Dioxide like it could for antibiotics and antiviral medicines.

This ability to prevent mutation, or the building of tolerances, means that ProKure V can be used on any form of SARS-CoV-2 mutated variants. As the spread of Delta increases throughout the United States, it’s important to ensure any spaces that have been exposed be disinfected thoroughly immediately after exposure, and ProKure V can be used to disinfect any hard surfaces within those spaces effectively.

ProKure V is a convenient pouch, which includes a dry compound within it made up of Sodium Chlorite and other ingredients that when mixed with simple tap water, will create Chlorine Dioxide (ClO2). Once mixed, the ClO2 can be used in any number of ways to help disinfect and sanitize hard surfaces in a building.

The History of Chlorine Dioxide
ClO2 has been in use since its discovery over two centuries ago when Sir Humphrey Davy discovered it when he reacted potassium chlorate with sulfuric acid. Come the early to mid 20th century its use started to greatly expand, especially in its gaseous form, as it is a true gas and will expand to fill a space uniformly, which is great for mildew and odor control. In 1944, and the 1950s, ClO2 started to replace chlorine in many municipalities as their water treatment of choice for municipal tap water. In 1967, the EPA registered an aqueous form of ClO2 for use as a sanitizer and disinfectant.

Effectiveness of ProKure V Against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)
ProKure V, which is a product that creates ClO2 in aqueous form when used, is a hospital-grade disinfectant and heavy-duty odor eliminator. It is registered with the EPA as being effective against SARS-CoV-2 within 30 seconds. See the product label for a full ingredients list, specific claims, and general use.
EPA Registered Product: ProKure V

Its registration number as ‘Performacide’ is 87508-3, and ProKure V’s EPA registration number is 87508-3-89334.

Recommended Protocol for Disinfection with ProKure V
When looking to deploy ProKure V in order to disinfect a space that has been exposed to COVID-19, ProKure Solutions has a recommended protocol page that you can follow.
A quick summary: If you are looking to disinfect a possibly exposed building before you go to the site it is best to get as much information you can about the location such as its level of traffic of people, the urgency of the disinfect, whether they are an essential service, floor plans, when they need to reopen, etc. All this information will determine the number of technicians you will need to disinfect the building, and how fast and thorough you need to work.

Always ensure every person of the disinfection team has been fully trained in the use of the product, as well as the use of their PPE, and general disinfection protocols, from the point of entry of the building to the exiting afterward. Cleaning begins from the exterior of the front door, and all hard surfaces should be wet cleaned. ClO2 can kill COVID-19 in 30 seconds, however, it’s always recommended that hard surfaces be wet for 10 minutes during the disinfection process, then wiped clean with a microfiber cloth wetted with disinfectant.

As well, any person on the team should be fully decontaminated when leaving an exposed building after the disinfection process, and the building should be assessed by a team leader before giving the okay for its reopening.

How to Use ProKure V Dry Packets
ProKure V dry packets are easy to use and can be cut open and poured into a container containing normal tap water. The size of the packet determines the amount of water you need for it to mix to proper proportions, so check on the label of the packet for proper mixing instructions.

Once ProKure V has been mixed in a container, you should use it immediately, however, if you have some solution left over, then it can be stored. ClO2 needs to be stored in a plastic container that is airtight as well as being completely opaque; sunlight can cause the chemical to break down prematurely. Any stored solution should have its mixing date labeled on the container, and it needs to be used within 15 days.

Using ProKure to Disinfect Your Space
ProKure V is a convenient packaged dry chemical that produces ClO2 in an aqueous form, that can then be applied to any hard surfaces to kill pathogens, such as SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), and any of its variants, such as the most recent Delta variant. With over a half-century of EPA approval in an aqueous form, it has been found to be safe to use alternative to harsh chemicals and poisons at disinfecting and sterilizing hard surfaces.

The Importance of Professional Tear Gas Remediation

Cleaning tear gas is a dangerous and important task. Always hire a professional tear gas remediation company.

Tear gas, also called a riot control agent, is used by law enforcement officials and military personnel in order to quickly disperse a crowd. The term refers to a variety of toxic aerosols including pepper spray and mace. These compounds are highly poisonous and cause severe negative effects when they come in contact with the skin, eyes, and nose or when they are inhaled. It is extremely important that thorough and professional cleanup is performed on any space that has been exposed to tear gas.

How Tear Gas Works
There are many forms of tear gas, but they usually contain chloroacetophenone (CN) and chlorobenzylidenemalononitrile (CS). They are contained in canisters that are deployed using a specialized gun. Once they have been fired, the canisters release a fog of these chemicals in aerosol form and it disperses throughout the area.

These compounds cause a temporary burning sensation in eyes, mouth, throat, lungs and skin. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the effects of tear gas should last only 15-30 minutes after a person removed all residue from his or her clothes and body.

Tear Gas Exposure
Tear gas exposure happens when a person comes into contact with either the liquid droplets or powder particles of any riot control agent. Tear gas can cause a reaction whether it is on the skin or if it is inhaled. The effects of tear gas exposure vary and depend on if the tear gas was released in an enclosed space, how close to the canister someone was and how long they were exposed. In some cases, multiple canisters of tear gas may be released in a confined space.
The CDC reports that tear gas exposure commonly causes burning eyes, blurred vision, runny nose, burning sensation in the mouth and throat, difficulty swallowing, feeling of choking, wheezing, shortness of breath, skin rashes, burns, and vomiting or nausea. Longer exposure to large amounts of tear gas in enclosed settings can cause more serious health problems including blindness and glaucoma, possible respiratory failure, and death. There is no antidote for tear-gas poisoning.

Since tear gas is in the form of droplets or powder particles, these harmful chemicals can settle on the surfaces where the gas was used. It is important to thoroughly clean all surfaces in order to ensure a safe space for those who live or work nearby.

Tear Gas Remediation Process
Cleaning up after tear gas has been deployed is a difficult process. All residue from the area must be removed in order for the space to be used safely. Floors, walls, furniture, and any other items in the space must each be carefully cleaned. It is important to hire a professional company that is experienced with tear gas remediation. They will follow strict steps in order to thoroughly clean the area while keeping themselves and others safe.

Generally, tear gas remediation specialists follow these steps:

Assessment
The first step a tear gas remediation company will take is to send in an experienced technician to assess the space. They will be able to locate the areas in which the canisters were deployed and how much of the space is contaminated. These technicians will use personal protective equipment (PPE) in order to maintain their own safety.

The information gathered will help plan the steps that need to be taken for the effective removal of all tear gas particles. It will also help the technician to put together a cost and time estimate. Areas that are enclosed spaces have had multiple canisters of tear gas released in them or contain a lot of sensitive equipment that may take longer to clean.

Containment
Once the area has been assessed, technicians will then very quickly contain the area in order to avoid others from entering the space. HVAC systems are often turned off so the tear gas particles do not get pushed into other parts of the building. Specialized barriers are used to stop tear gas particles from moving into other areas of the building.

Remove Items
Some items like furniture can be moved to an outdoor space and cleaned thoroughly. If items are safe in water, they can be soaked in order to remove the tear gas residue. Items with hard surfaces will be wiped down using a special cleaning agent. Every item and surface in the affected space will need to be cleaned thoroughly.

In some cases, items may need to be replaced completely. A professional and experienced tear gas remediation technician will be able to properly assess the state of the items affected.

Clean the Area
Once the majority of items in the area have been removed, the floors, walls, and ceiling can be thoroughly cleaned. Professional tear gas remediation companies use special solutions that are formulated specifically for removing tear gas residue. Highly saturated carpet and other soft surfaces may need to be replaced.
In some cases, the HVAC systems will also need to be cleaned. It is best to work with a tear gas remediation team that is also well-versed in HVAC systems in order to ensure that the ventilation system is included in the tear gas remediation plan.

Repeat if Necessary
For areas that have had multiple canisters of tear gas released in them, it may be necessary for deep cleaning to be repeated until all residue has been removed. The timeframe for this process depends on the amount of tear gas used in the space.

Always Hire a Professional
Tear gas is a highly toxic chemical weapon. It is incredibly important to hire a professionally trained tear gas remediation company to properly clean the area. Nobody should attempt to clean up tear gas residue themselves, especially without the proper PPE and cleaning solutions.

The best tear gas remediation companies are experienced in many different types of environmental cleanup. They should be able to assess the situation and offer an estimate for their services before the work begins. The number one goal of tear gas remediation is to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Contact Alliance Environmental’s Biohazard and Trauma Cleanup division if requiring the service.

Film and Television Production in the Times of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic brought the entire world to a standstill and people everywhere have been staying home to stay safe for many months. Unfortunately, at a time when more people than ever before are watching television, movies and streaming services, film and television production has been drastically slowed down by the pandemic. According to Ampere Analysis, the pandemic delayed the productions of over half of the television shows that were set to air in 2020.

Major changes to production had to happen quickly in order to ensure the health and safety of the many people it takes to create an episode of a television show or a feature-length movie. Production was stopped in mid-March as the realities of COVID-19 became apparent. Starting in May of 2020, individual states started to release their pandemic protocols around film and television production. California, including Hollywood, started allowing productions to resume in June of 2020. Many of the new safety protocols were put in place behind the scenes, but some have also changed how film and tv looks and feels.

PPE, Physical Distancing and Body Doubles

Similar to all other industries, when close contact cannot be avoided employees must wear masks. With film and television production, though, there are times where this is simply not possible. One instance is during hair and makeup preparation. The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health mandated that when the cast needs to remove their masks during hair styling and makeup application, hair stylists and makeup artists must wear both a mask and a face shield.

During filming where mask wearing is not written into the script, masks need to be removed in order to maintain the storyline. It is strongly encouraged that actors try to stay 8′ apart during rehearsal and the performance. You might have noticed the characters in your favorite shows have been more spread out or that fewer members of the cast are on screen at the same time. Script writing and scene blocking has been tweaked in many productions in order to keep everyone involved safer.

In order to ensure the safety of their casts while still producing an entertaining final product, many directors and producers have had to find creative solutions. Soap operas including The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless have hired the spouses of the actors to act as stand-ins for scenes that require up-close intimacy like kissing or hugging. In some cases, even mannequins have been used in place of real actors. The popular sitcom The Connors has written COVID-19 into their show which allows for the characters, and the actors who play those characters, to wear masks and maintain physical distancing during filming.

Screening, Testing, Bubbles and Quarantine

Los Angeles Times article predicted that COVID-19 precautions could add more than $1 million to the total budget of an average film. On the other hand, an outbreak in a production would devastate the entire project.

It is in the best interest of the producers and production companies to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Though states have clear rules when it comes to production safety during the pandemic, many productions are going above and beyond the minimums to make sure COVID-19 does not shut them down.

Some productions have mandated that their cast and crew stay in a COVID bubble for the duration of filming. This means that they live, eat and work together without any outside contact. People within the bubble are tested when they enter the bubble, they wait out a quarantine period and then can freely work in close quarters with other people within the bubble without worry of infection.

Other production companies have increased their COVID-19 testing procedures. Some cast and crew have to endure testing each day that they are on set. The added expense is worth it for the production companies when the alternative is a possible outbreak and shutdown of the project completely.

Changes to Sets

If you watch late night talk shows, you might have noticed that they no longer have live audiences on set. Before COVID-19, tickets for live audiences of many shows were coveted. The County of Los Angeles began to allow live audiences as of January, 2021. The rules stipulate that these audiences cannot exceed 50 people and they must be hired.

Other changes behind the scenes include physical upgrades to the ventilations systems. Proper ventilation has been shown to drastically decrease the risks of COVID-19 spreading through buildings. The County of Los Angeles protocols for productions states that HVAC systems must be kept in good working order, use the highest-efficiency filters possible, and whenever possible outside airflow should be encouraged.

Since film and television production uses many buildings, the ventilation on sets, in offices, recording areas, green rooms, trailers and workshops must all be upgraded and maintained. Experienced companies like Alliance Environmental are called upon to ensure that all COVID-19 precautionary protocol is followed, especially in the ventilation systems. They regularly inspect, repair, clean and maintain ventilation systems to keep everyone working in as healthy an environment as possible.

Even with all of these added measures, the entertainment industry has found ways to continue to produce high-quality entertainment. With more months of pandemic-induced distancing and more time in front of the television ahead of us, it is a good thing for everyone that film and television production continues.

Click here to learn more.

Film and Television Production in the Times of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic brought the entire world to a standstill and people everywhere have been staying home to stay safe for many months. Unfortunately, at a time when more people than ever before are watching television, movies and streaming services, film and television production has been drastically slowed down by the pandemic. According to Ampere Analysis, the pandemic delayed the productions of over half of the television shows that were set to air in 2020.

Major changes to production had to happen quickly in order to ensure the health and safety of the many people it takes to create an episode of a television show or a feature-length movie. Production was stopped in mid-March as the realities of COVID-19 became apparent. Starting in May of 2020, individual states started to release their pandemic protocols around film and television production. California, including Hollywood, started allowing productions to resume in June of 2020. Many of the new safety protocols were put in place behind the scenes, but some have also changed how film and tv looks and feels.

PPE, Physical Distancing and Body Doubles

Similar to all other industries, when close contact cannot be avoided employees must wear masks. With film and television production, though, there are times where this is simply not possible. One instance is during hair and makeup preparation. The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health mandated that when the cast needs to remove their masks during hair styling and makeup application, hair stylists and makeup artists must wear both a mask and a face shield.

During filming where mask wearing is not written into the script, masks need to be removed in order to maintain the storyline. It is strongly encouraged that actors try to stay 8′ apart during rehearsal and the performance. You might have noticed the characters in your favorite shows have been more spread out or that fewer members of the cast are on screen at the same time. Script writing and scene blocking has been tweaked in many productions in order to keep everyone involved safer.

In order to ensure the safety of their casts while still producing an entertaining final product, many directors and producers have had to find creative solutions. Soap operas including The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless have hired the spouses of the actors to act as stand-ins for scenes that require up-close intimacy like kissing or hugging. In some cases, even mannequins have been used in place of real actors. The popular sitcom The Connors has written COVID-19 into their show which allows for the characters, and the actors who play those characters, to wear masks and maintain physical distancing during filming.

Screening, Testing, Bubbles and Quarantine

Los Angeles Times article predicted that COVID-19 precautions could add more than $1 million to the total budget of an average film. On the other hand, an outbreak in a production would devastate the entire project.

It is in the best interest of the producers and production companies to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Though states have clear rules when it comes to production safety during the pandemic, many productions are going above and beyond the minimums to make sure COVID-19 does not shut them down.

Some productions have mandated that their cast and crew stay in a COVID bubble for the duration of filming. This means that they live, eat and work together without any outside contact. People within the bubble are tested when they enter the bubble, they wait out a quarantine period and then can freely work in close quarters with other people within the bubble without worry of infection.

Other production companies have increased their COVID-19 testing procedures. Some cast and crew have to endure testing each day that they are on set. The added expense is worth it for the production companies when the alternative is a possible outbreak and shutdown of the project completely.

Changes to Sets

If you watch late night talk shows, you might have noticed that they no longer have live audiences on set. Before COVID-19, tickets for live audiences of many shows were coveted. The County of Los Angeles began to allow live audiences as of January, 2021. The rules stipulate that these audiences cannot exceed 50 people and they must be hired.

Other changes behind the scenes include physical upgrades to the ventilations systems. Proper ventilation has been shown to drastically decrease the risks of COVID-19 spreading through buildings. The County of Los Angeles protocols for productions states that HVAC systems must be kept in good working order, use the highest-efficiency filters possible, and whenever possible outside airflow should be encouraged.

Since film and television production uses many buildings, the ventilation on sets, in offices, recording areas, green rooms, trailers and workshops must all be upgraded and maintained. Experienced companies like Alliance Environmental are called upon to ensure that all COVID-19 precautionary protocol is followed, especially in the ventilation systems. They regularly inspect, repair, clean and maintain ventilation systems to keep everyone working in as healthy an environment as possible.

Even with all of these added measures, the entertainment industry has found ways to continue to produce high-quality entertainment. With more months of pandemic-induced distancing and more time in front of the television ahead of us, it is a good thing for everyone that film and television production continues.

Click here to learn more.

Why Disinfection Services are Essential

Why Disinfection Services are Essential

Why should companies and landlords hire disinfection services for their workplaces and residential buildings?

Why should companies and landlords hire disinfection services? There are many reasons why disinfection services are crucial, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. From expertise to environmental concerns, there are various reasons to hire a disinfection service, and the most vital have been listed below.

Experts at Sanitization

Biohazards such as bacteria pose a serious threat to public health when not taken care of properly, which makes removing them safely and effectively essential for any workplace or residential building. Companies that offer disinfection services have expert training on sanitization and biohazard removal, which gives them the capabilities to remove dangerous waste and biohazards without putting public health at risk. Disinfection services have extensive training and CDC approval, and this expertise is necessary to prevent injury, contamination, and other dangerous mistakes.

Peace of Mind

Hiring disinfection services often provides people with peace of mind following an outbreak of COVID-19 or another biohazardous threat. Health risks result in a lot of anxiety for many people, and disinfection services can help reduce concerns when returning to a workplace or residential building. Without adequate measures taken to alleviate the risk to the public, those who fail to hire disinfection services can face retaliation and even lose out on profits.

Less Time Waiting

Disinfection services allow a space to be sanitized effectively and quickly, meaning that employees or tenants can resume daily activities as soon as possible. A properly equipped and trained disinfection service team will be able to put a space back in order without the wasted time and money that accompanies companies and landlords who attempt sanitization themselves.

No Personal Health Risk

One of the key benefits to disinfection services is that the client doesn’t risk their own health. Disinfection services allow clients and their employees or tenants to remove themselves from the dangerous situation. Those who aren’t trained to sanitize an area often put their own health on the line, and they can face legal action if someone else becomes infected or injured as a result of cleanup attempts.

Environmental Considerations

A disinfection service will understand the safe and environmentally conscious ways of disposing of hazardous waste. A poor cleanup attempt can often result in greater threats to the environment and public water supplies, which makes it vital to ensure a professional disinfection service is able to appropriately dispose of the biohazards, avoiding environmental damage and illegal dumping fines.

Responsibility During COVID-19

COVID-19 is a pandemic that requires corporate and public responsibility to tackle. Disinfection services are the responsible and ethical option for any company or landlord that has seen an outbreak or wants to prevent one. The best way to ensure the pandemic ends quickly is to keep spaces as clean and safe as possible.

Overall, there are many reasons why disinfection services are essential for companies and landlords, now more than ever. Hiring disinfection services is an ethical responsibility that also saves time, money, and prevents personal health risks, giving the public peace of mind and protecting the environment. Any wise business or building owner should consider disinfection services for any biohazards they may need to securely remove.

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Commercial Stadiums and Arenas Disinfection: A New Approach

Sports fans have had to spend the last year sitting on couches and armchairs watching games from a distance, cheering with their family, or small groups of friends, but not truly getting immersed like what a stadium or arena offers. Nothing beats the thrill of watching your team win or lose with thousands of other peoples, absorbing that energy into you and blasting it out in cheers and yells. Last year saw the shut down of most stadiums and arenas to cheering fans, and early 2021 has not opened them up yet. However, as vaccines start to get distributed, and the spread eventually lessens, commercial stadiums and arenas will need an opening plan on how to disinfect. Even if venues decided to cut capacity in half, or to a quarter, there are still so many surfaces to disinfect after or during an event, from seating and handrails, to bathrooms.

Cleaning and disinfecting happened in the past at sports venues, but not in a way that would be effective against pandemics such as COVID-19, which means a new approach must be taken to ensure the safety of the public, staff at the venue, and the players themselves. So, what can commercial stadiums and arenas operators do in these trying times to be able to open up their venues without putting the public at risk of exposure?

Avoiding False Claims and “Miracle Products”

Anyone who has seen any TV ads and internet ads in the last year, especially starting around March of 2020 knows that there was a huge influx of ads that included miracle products that were touted as being the best of the best at getting rid of the COVID-19 virus. These claims for many products were dubious at best, and downright criminal and immoral in other cases where it led the public into false senses of security with shoddy products that ended up doing nothing. The CDC quickly updated and advertised their approved list of disinfectants that are effective against COVID-19, and continuously update the list as new products get approved. So, when sports venue operators look to their plans for reopening and dealing with cleaning and disinfecting their stadiums and arenas, the first thing they need to do is secure a supply of CDC approved disinfectants that will be effective at minimizing the exposure risk of COVID-19 to the public. In a pinch, they can use homemade mixtures, such a bleach in water (⅓ cup bleach per gallon of room temperature water), but with the large area that needs to be covered, basic bleach disinfection methods are likely to take far too long to deploy. 

Take Advantage of New Technologies for Large Area Cleaning

Walking around and wiping down every surface in a large structure such as a commercial stadium or arena would be a ridiculous method for disinfection; it would take a long time, take far too many people, and would be highly inefficient. That means, stadium operators need to upgrade their cleaning and sanitation methods, which could often mean bringing in outside help from professionals that have years of experience in widespread disinfecting. When trying to cover a large area for disinfecting, sprays are a common method, but these can go beyond electric powered spray guns that cover large swaths of areas quickly. Newer methods are available that can get sprays into harder to reach areas when disinfecting a stadium, such as electrostatic sprays, and micro-mist technology. With a full gamut of tools and technologies at hand, disinfecting can become much more manageable for such large areas.

Increased Janitorial Presence

Disinfecting between events at commercial stadiums and arenas is important, but it is also crucial that the facilities be cleaned and sanitized during events, not only for stemming the exposure risk and spread of COVID-19, but also to give the people peace of mind that the facility is taking the risk seriously. Before opening up the public, venue operators will have to take a serious look at the janitorial staff, and provide adequate training, PPE, disinfectants and numbers to ensure they can cover the whole of the stadium and arena during an event, wiping down, or safely spraying high-touch areas frequently to minimize exposure risks.

Investing in Signage to Remind the People

While most people have experienced the hygienic changes needed in public during the COVID-19 pandemic, it never hurts to keep reminding them to be vigilant. Increased signage has been shown to improve the likelihood of people following social distancing and good hygiene practices, so operators of commercial stadiums and arenas should start looking through their facility and planning on the best locations to ramp up signage for pandemic related protocols. This has an added effect of showing the public that the stadium or arena has a plan in place, and is aware of the health risks of the pandemic and doing all it can to ensure the safety of the players, staff, and general spectator public.

The COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a huge blow to spectators sports when it comes to manning the stands of commercial stadiums and arenas, but as the pandemic starts to wind down and vaccines get distributed, the loyal fans will be ready to head back out to watch their favorite team in person. Operators of the venues need to be ready with comprehensive plans in place to stem the spread of COVID-19 and minimize exposure. 

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