Presented by Dr Michael Taylor
COVID-19 has presented a series of challenges to our health, safety and business continuity. Whilst many of the recommendations for combatting this novel coronavirus are still being debated, the principles underpinning good workplace hygiene will still mitigate much of the risk, and provide a framework for managing this outbreak, and future pandemics.
This webinar covers what we know about COVID-19, how long it persists in the environment, transmission, PPE, and disinfection, and touches on wider principles which can be used to rapidly respond to future emergency situations.
Examples of best practice being employed in companies across Australia in a variety of industries are also shared.
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About Dr Michael Taylor
Michael Taylor is a principal consultant at Greencap with an academic background in public and environmental health, microbial ecology and mycology. He has a research profile in the detection and spread of microbial pathogens in soil, air, water and constructed environments, and extensive experience in the translation of research results into accessible information for stakeholders and peers. He has consulted for and worked collaboratively with large utilities, local governments, statutory authorities, industry and private clients to provide advice on human health risks following exposure to potentially pathogenic microorganisms. He has extensive experience in the detection and quantification of fungi in buildings and their impacts on human health, having co-authored the SafeWorkSA guidance document ‘Understanding and managing occupational health risks from fungal contamination in indoor environments. He has lectured in environmental health and microbiology at Flinders and Adelaide University and maintains a position as an adjunct academic at Flinders University in the College of Science and Engineering.
Regarding COVD-19, he has provided interpretation and application of World Health Organisation and Centre for Disease Control documents to provide advice for the safe handling and disinfection of critical medical service supplies, provided recommendations and gap analyses in virus management plans for power utility operators, and advised on suitable and effective cleaning processes with demonstrated anti-viral efficacy.