Author: James Zoltak

Disinfection vs. Decontamination

“The approach that we take to the marketplace during any type of crisis … is education and response,” Clean Harbors’ Sean Spaziani said. (Courtesy Clean Harbors) As venues look toward reopening, it’s important to know the difference As venues emerge from closures after the COVID-19 pandemic, a crucial distinction for facility managers and owners to grasp as they prepare for the eventual resumption of live events is the difference between disinfection and a deeper level of cleaning: decontamination. “That’s a critical distinction in this environment,” said Sean Spaziani, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Clean Harbors and its Safety-Kleen subsidiary, a company that provides sanitation services on the NASCAR circuit and for thousands of other clients across a variety of industries. It’s joined in the sector by companies such as Jani-King International and ABM Industries. Clean Harbors performs over 6,000 emergency response jobs each year and “in times… Continue Reading Disinfection vs. Decontamination

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Deep Clean

MR. CLEAN: Taylor Michel of Disinfecting Technologies Group prepares to disinfect Goldfarb Gymnasium at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore after an NCAA Division III basketball tournament game March 6. (Getty Images) Janitorial services will have a vital — and visible — role to play in return of live events In the new normal that awaits live event venues in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, sanitation, cleaning and janitorial services will no doubt play a major role in convincing attendees and staff that it’s safe to return. While the Trump administration has announced a roadmap to reopen the U.S. economy, public assembly facilities included, some polls indicate the event-going public will be wary, at first, of returning en masse to live events. Venue hygiene will be crucial to not only ensuring the safety of fans, artists, athletes and crews but also engendering the level of confidence necessary for a return… Continue Reading Deep Clean

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Federal Plan Addresses Reopening Venues

President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases introduce federal guidelines on reopening the U.S. economy at a media briefing Thursday. (Getty Images) Phased reentry will allow bigger crowds as states meet benchmarks President Donald Trump on April 16 announced a plan to reopen the U.S. economy, including guidelines for public assembly facilities, after weeks of closures aimed at stemming the coronavirus pandemic. The federal guidelines are nonbinding and put decision-making in the hands of states and their governors. The Trump administration’s “Opening Up America Again” plan calls for a phased reopening of businesses based on benchmarks, dubbed gating criteria, that must first be met. “In terms of sports, they’ll probably start off — as you know I spoke to the commissioners yesterday of almost, I guess of every sport — and many of them are going to be starting… Continue Reading Federal Plan Addresses Reopening Venues

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Insurance Costs Rise With Venue Price Tags

BIG MONEY: SoFi Stadium, scheduled to open this summer in Inglewood, Calif., is a $5 billion project. (Getty Images) Latest tech, link to mixed-use projects complicate risk assessment Premium amenities, high-tech features and the continuing trend of situating venues in downtown or mixed-use developments have complicated the task of assessing risk and appropriately insuring stadium projects, experts in the field say. And as project costs have risen, so have insurance costs, which can run anywhere from 1% to 2.5% of the total construction price, according to brokers involved in the field. Unique design elements like see-through ETFE roofs, high-capacity Wi-Fi and telecom systems, mechanisms that move walls, open and close roofs, reconfigure stands or swap out playing surfaces and everything that goes into building them are factors that risk consultants, brokers, underwriters and ultimately owners must take into account. As design and construction have evolved, so has the process of… Continue Reading Insurance Costs Rise With Venue Price Tags

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Event Medical Firm Prepped for Action

ParaDocs crews set up mini-hospitals at events such as Rolling Loud at New York’s Citi Field in 2019.  CEO Alex Pollak is in black standing at right center. (Courtesy ParaDocs Worldwide) ParaDocs Worldwide among providers who keep eventgoers healthy Alex Pollak is CEO of ParaDocs Worldwide Inc., a company that for nearly a decade has provided medical services at a variety of live events. With venue operators and event producers preparing for the return of sports, concerts, meetings, conventions and trade shows, he shared by email with VenuesNow’s James Zoltak his perspective on the role medical services have played in the past and their importance in ensuring health, safety and confidence going forward in the new normal of the post-COVID-19 world. Tell me about ParaDocs, how it got started, how long it’s been in operation, what the company does and some of your clients and assignments? ParaDocs was created out… Continue Reading Event Medical Firm Prepped for Action

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