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Asbestos

Asbestos refers to a specific group of Federally regulated natural minerals. In addition to being abundant and cheap to mine, asbestos possess desirable properties such as: high tensile strength, incombustibility, corrosion resistance, acoustical dampening, and thermal insulation. As a result, asbestos fibers were added to thousands of commercial products, including nearly every type of construction material.  Unfortunately, the sought-after properties that make asbestos a great building material also make it detrimental to human health if fibers are inhaled or ingested.  To this day, around 15,000 U.S citizens die from asbestos related diseases annually.  In good condition and undisturbed asbestos poses virtually no inhalation or ingestion exposure potential, so intact asbestos containing materials in your SNF are generally best managed in place until damaged or slated for disturbance.

Asbestos bans are not what people think. Asbestos WAS AND IS used in various building materials.  Since asbestos is in both new and existing buildings, the US EPA and OSHA regulate asbestos in building materials and regulate worker inhalation exposure regardless of the age of the structure.  Identifying which materials contain asbestos in your building is critical to protecting health and to coming into compliance. Asbestos cannot be recognized by ordinary observation or even by reviewing SDS’s or product literature. Regulations require an AHERA Certified Asbestos Inspector conduct asbestos surveys. Samples must be tested in accredited laboratories utilizing microscopy.

It is strongly suggested Arizona SNFs minimally have asbestos sampling conducted on materials regularly disturbed during the course of SNF business, such as lay-in ceiling panels and drywall systems.  This will prevent regulatory citations, it will speed mitigation response to emergencies like fires and floods, and it will allow you to protect your workforce and residents with confidence.  Other materials should be presumed to contain asbestos fibers and must be tested before any capital improvements (e.g. roof replacement, flooring swaps, kitchen renovations, etc.).

Bed Bugs C. Diff Category 3 Water Incursion: Sewage Releases & Surface Water Runoff
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Covid-19
Fomites and Disinfection Legionella
Mold MRSA or Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus Nuisance Birds Pandemic Influenza
Respirators
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    • Respirators and Masks, EPIC Video
    • If you have additional questions:
      • Leave a message on the Emergency Preparedness Infection Control (EPIC) hotline at 602-241-4644,
      • Email at EPIC@AZHCA.org, or
      • Visit the EPIC Web Resource Pages at epic.disasterreadyaz.org
Water Intrusion

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If you have additional questions, leave a message on the Emergency Preparedness Infection Control (EPIC) hotline at 602-241-4644, or email EPIC@AZHCA.org.