Mechanical Insulators Labor Management and Cooperative Trust Executive Director Pete Ielmini represented the LMCT on America’s Work Force podcast on March 26.
Hosted by Ed “Flash” Ferenc, AWF is America’s only daily labor radio and podcast program. Each day AWF welcomes guests from different corners of organized labor to speak on topics affecting their specific industry and current events.
Ielmini explained how the construction industry has yet to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic, although he thinks COVID-19 may soon hit construction. Infrastructure projects, utilities and energy production facilities are essential business and feature much of the work of union construction professionals. Mechanical insulators work in essential areas of these industries, so he does not yet know how the full effect of the global disease may affect the mechanical insulation industry.
In wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, some contractors affiliated with the Mechanical Insulators LMCT donated their surplus supply of N95 masks to health organizations to be distributed to medical workers, who are on the frontlines of the pandemic.
After discussing how workers can protect themselves as they help people who have been infected or are showing symptoms, the work of Insulators Union pertaining to infectious disease control became the topic of discussion.
Like firestopping treatments to fire rated walls, infectious disease prevention penetration methods can be applied to hospitals and other buildings on the penetrations of non-fire rated walls. This can be done in both new construction and renovation projects. If there is one silver lining from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is the hope more new construction and renovation projects will include infectious disease prevention products to aid in maintaining the health of our nations.
You can listen to the interview here:
Only the skilled professionals of the members of the Insulators Union should install these products, so they are properly installed. You can learn more about infectious disease control here.
Do you want to learn more about infectious disease control and the steps the members of the Insulators Union are taking? If so, watch this video.