Infectious Disease Containment

The Insulators Union Labor Management Cooperative Trust Executive Director Pete Ielmini spoke with America’s Work Force on March 26 about infectious disease containment and why it is so important in the construction of buildings.

The Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust Executive Director Pete Ielmini spoke with America’s Work Force on March 26 about infectious disease containment and why it is so important in the construction of buildings.

One of the important areas of work that Insulators specialize in is firestopping and smoke seal. The purpose of firestopping is to properly compartmentalize rooms in buildings that would prevent fire from spreading through fire-rated walls from the room of origin into other rooms. This is done by sealing wall penetrations with firestopping insulation to make the rooms fire and smoke resistant. Ielmini added that infectious disease containment works in the same way that firestopping does. In buildings such as hospitals and other medical facilities, infectious disease containment is important to prevent the spread of illness and diseases.

During the interview, Ielmini said that new buildings can have infectious disease containment materials installed during construction, as well as having the speciality done on pre-existing buildings that require renovations. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, infectious disease containment insulation has never been of higher importance. You can learn more about infectious disease containment by clicking here.

AFL-CIOBill Samuel, Government Affairs Director of the AFL-CIO spoke about the proposed stimulus package in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The stimulus package is meant to help companies and workers that are being heavily impacted by the pandemic. He spoke about the variety of stimulus packages that have been drawn up and how much money each of them put aside for corporations. Samuel insisted that the government needs to pump money into the economy so that it can remain healthy and stable.


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