The worldwide effort to slow COVID-19 is having an impact not just on lives, but on businesses as well. In our ongoing effort to support the Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning industries, Southern PHC is providing coronavirus updates and helpful information that is relevant to these industries.
The CDC has published guidelines for businesses on how to ensure the safety of building water systems and devices after a prolonged shutdown. This information includes eight steps to take before a business or building reopens. Business owners and the contractors who serve them should review this information to facilitate safe reopening. This information is available at cdc.gov.
IAPMO Makes Standards Free to Aid Fight Against COVID-19
In order to help plumbing and mechanical professionals perform their essential duty — protecting the public’s health and safety — without incurring unnecessary financial hardship, the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) has made some critical standards available free of charge.
“Because we know the challenges many in our industry now face include financial uncertainty, IAPMO is temporarily providing free remote access to the standards most vital in dealing with such viral threats as COVID-19,” said IAPMO CEO GP Russ Chaney. “IAPMO understands we are all working together to combat COVID-19; access to codes and standards should not represent a roadblock in that battle.”
The standards and codes available support the services essential to responding to COVID-19 and include performance and installation requirements for plumbing and mechanical systems. By granting free access, IAPMO hopes to enhance public understanding of how the proper functioning of these systems protects the health of the people they serve.
They are available at: https://www.iapmo.org/code-standard-development/covid-19-resources.
Copper and COVID-19
The latest update by the White House to the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers Guidance now includes the entire supply chain for the plumbing industry. Other revisions broaden the scope of tradespeople considered essential by this mandate. Read more about the update.
White House Identifies Plumbers as ‘Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers’ in Guidance for Response to COVID-19
The President and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have issued a Coronavirus Guidance for America identifying plumbers and other tradespeople as “essential critical infrastructure workers” as our nation responds to the threat of COVID-19. Read more details here.
The 2020 Emerging Water Technology Symposium (EWTS), which was scheduled for May 12-13 in San Antonio, have postponed the event and tentatively rescheduled it for next year, May 11-12, 2021. Co-convened biennially by the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE), the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE), the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), and Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI), in cooperation with the World Plumbing Council (WPC), EWTS is designed to provide a portal for the host organizations’ partners in the manufacturing, engineering and trade industries to display and demonstrate their innovative solutions to legislative and regulatory developments that often alter industry landscapes.
The U.S. is offering low-interest disaster recovery loans to small businesses severely impacted by the situation surrounding COVID-19. For more information, visit sba.gov.
The CDC has published guidelines for businesses on how to deal with COVID-19. This information is available at cdc.gov.
The U.S. Small Business Association offers COVID-19 guidance, financial and legal resources, information regarding exporting and government contracting, and more. Access their resources at sba.gov.