What We Need to Do to Reopen Business Safely and Keep them Open: COVID-19

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  • 90 minutes
  • 12 Days Left
     Jun 16, 2020
  •   01:00 PM - 02:30 PM ET
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PT

We know what we are facing in the COVID-19 situation, businesses are already shutdown due to lockdown in the country and we are losing Economy day by day.The United States has already suffered trillions of dollars in economic losses due to the shutdown of nonessential activities to prevent the spread of coronavirus; your company may have shared in these losses. Big question is when it will be going to open and how we can open our businesses and can get back to work to earn livelihood and get the things back on track. The country must however go back to work, and before the complete eradication of a much deadlier virus for which there is currently no vaccine and no cure. In this webinar we will learn about how we can safely reopen our businesses and keep them open.  

Join this session by expert speaker Bill Levinson, where he will discuss Non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) principles, Respiratory protections, Changes to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems,OSHA's "Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 2020, distances, Telecommuting and distance education and more  

Session Highlights:

 This webinar will cover the following topics.    

  1. Trillions of dollars in economic losses or life’s? 

  2. Effectiveness of Non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) in past and current situation.

  3.  NPIs work by suppressing the disease's basic reproduction number R0, the average number of people to whom an infected person will give the disease. If this is reduced below 1, an epidemic cannot spread. 

  • The Susceptible, Infected, and Recovered (SIR) model illustrates this, along with the effect of partial vaccination (e.g. against seasonal flu) of a population.  

4. NPI Principles: 

  • "Distance (between respiratory tracts) is our friend." Distances can be increased without the need for more floor space. 

  • OSHA's "Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 2020" has additional recommendations.  

  • Changes to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems can reduce opportunities for contagion for a given number of people per unit area of a building. ASHRAE provides extensive guidance on this. 

  • Ultraviolet air disinfection . 

5. Respiratory protection: 

  • Face masks, which are less effective than N95 and similar respirators, were found to be effective during the 1918 flu pandemic. 

  • More recent research assessed the effectiveness of materials for improvised face masks, with materials such as vacuum cleaner bags being quite effective. Surgical masks also were highly effective. o Methods have been developed to sterilize disposable N95 respirators for reuse without degrading their effectiveness. 

6. Telecommuting and distance education eliminate ALL workplace and classroom risks associated with coronavirus (and other diseases) and can reduce costs enormously.  

  • The webinar will show how these costs are shared by stakeholders in the form of higher prices, lower wages, and lower profits. 

  • Realization of almost all physical products still requires brick-and-mortar factories, but most forms of knowledge work do not require brick-and-mortar offices or classrooms. 

  • The COVID-19 epidemic has compelled businesses and educators to use remote working and distance education methods, and to improve these methods when necessary to get the desired results. This is a strong argument for not going back to the older methods even when it is completely safe to do so.  

Attendees will receive copies of the slides and accompanying notes, as well as a spreadsheet that uses the Susceptible, Infected, and Recovered model to illustrate the effect of NPIs and the annual flu vaccine. This can be used for in-house and other educational purposes, e.g. to promote the idea of employer-paid or insurance-paid flu vaccination, and to encourage employees and other stakeholders to get the vaccine.      

Why You Should Attend:   

The United States' massive business shutdown has, as of May 2020, blunted the spread of COVID-19 sufficiently to prevent health care systems from being overwhelmed. It has also, with the aid of the annual vaccine, ended the 2019-2020 flu season a good month early.

Businesses and other enterprises must therefore deploy comprehensive non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) that will protect employees, customers, visitors, students, audiences, and other stakeholders from COVID-19 resurgence to the extent that it will not be necessary to shut down the economy again to stop it. Attendees will gain an overview of readily available workplace and building modifications that can suppress the spread of human-to-human contagion, as well as administrative changes such as staggered work shifts that reduce the number of people present at any given time. The compulsory improvement and apparent success of telecommuting and distance education meanwhile open the door to enormous financial savings through the elimination of brick-and-mortar offices and classrooms, their associated capital and maintenance costs, and physical commuting expenses. These savings can be shared among all stakeholders in the form of lower costs for customers and lower tuition for students, higher compensation for employees, and higher profits for investors. 

 Who Should Attend :  

All people with responsibility for reopening businesses in the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as people with responsibility for building layouts and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC).      

*You may ask your Question directly to our expert during the Q&A session. 
** You can buy On-Demand and view it at your convenience

William Levinson

William Levinson

William A. Levinson, P.E., is the principal of Levinson Productivity Systems, P.C. He is an ASQ Fellow, Certified Quality Engineer, Quality Auditor, Quality Manager, Reliability Engineer, and Six Sigma Black Belt. He holds degrees in chemistry and chemical engineering from Penn State and Cornell Universities, and night school degrees in business administration and applied statistics from Union College, and he has given presentations at the ASQ World Conference, TOC World 2004, and other national conferences on productivity and quality.

Levinson is also the author of several books on quality, productivity, and management. Henry Ford's Lean Vision is a comprehensive overview of the lean manufacturing and organizational management methods that Ford employed to achieve unprecedented bottom line results, and Beyond the Theory of Constraints describes how Ford's elimination of variation from material transfer and processing times allowed him to come close to running a balanced factory at full capacity. Statistical Process Control for Real-World Applications shows what to do when the process doesn't conform to the traditional bell curve assumption.

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