May 1st marked the beginning of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month to celebrate the contributions that generations of AAPIs have made to American history, society, and culture in the United States. Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.
If we take a brief dive in history, it has been more than 100 years since Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage week was first declared and became a significant time for the AAPI community in the US. On May 7, 1843, the first Japanese immigrants arrived in the US, and a few decades later the transcontinental railroad, which was worked on by roughly 20,000 Chinese immigrants, was completed.
Hygieneering recently provided COVID-19 risk reduction assessment services to a Chicago client at a dozen of their office facilities with portions that are occupied 24/7. The main components of the assessment were:
- An operations review and measurements of their HVAC systems.
- Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) baseline monitoring for carbon dioxide, temperature, relative humidity, carbon monoxide and organic compounds.
- Policy and performance review of the cleaning and disinfection services.
- Review of the client’s implementation of existing COVID-19 mask wearing, social distancing, and hygiene policies.
In the best of times, keeping your frontline workers safe and healthy can be a challenge. But what about in a year upended by COVID-19? How quickly did traditional workplaces that fought to stay open have to adapt their environments and behaviors to CDC guidelines? How much did having a non-English speaking workforce complicate strategy? No stranger to the challenges of communicating safety, Dan Ramir, CHST, shared the methods developed by the Latino Worker Safety Center (LWSC) to communicate workplace health and safety across cultural barriers. Mobilizing both adult learning theory and cultural relativism, the LWSC has created free, virtual, live workplace COVID-19 health courses designed to reach workers of Latino, Arabic, Chinese, and Polish heritage.
Did you miss the Chapter January webinar and want to learn more? You can contact Mr. Ramir at firstname.lastname@example.org directly for information or how to sign up your workers. For additional resources on COVID-19 training, you can visit our Chapter Technical Meetings pages for a publicly available COVID-19 Worker Training Program. We will be updating with the LWSC presentation when it becomes available. Stay tuned!
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