LMCT Executive Director on firestopping, infectious disease control
Insulators International Staff — Thu, Jun 25, 2020 @ 16:06 PM
Mechanical Insulators Labor Management and Cooperative Trust Executive Director Pete Ielmini joined the America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on June 24 to discuss firestopping and infectious disease control.
America’s Work Force Radio Podcast is hosted by Ed “Flash” Ferenc. The program gives the voices of the labor movement an opportunity to speak about and promote their specific industry.
Prior to introducing Ielmini, Ferenc played the audio from a video from the Insulators website, which explained the importance of firestopping and how the technology works.
With firestopping driving the conversation, Ielmini explained how partitions are made in buildings as a means of containing fires. This has coincided with the use of sheetrock over the past 40 years.
Discussion then turned to the LMCT effort’s to educate and train fire marshals and building inspectors on the importance of firestopping. Ielmini said many of these officials are taking advantage of this important training.
“We train our workers to be the best in the country performing this work and we want to be able to make sure the people who judge their work are qualified,” he said.
Ielmini then explained infectious disease control, which is similar to firestopping in that partitions are the main defense.
With COVID-19 dominating headlines for the past for most of the year, he noted how more dialogue has opened up regarding infectious disease control.
For some building owners, budgetary concerns led them to take matters into their own hands, by purchasing infectious disease control materials and installing them themselves.
Unfortunately, most untrained people improperly install infectious disease products, which leaves the occupants of a room or building vulnerable to the spread of infectious diseases. He urged project owners to invest in skilled labor to ensure these products are installed properly.
Listen to Ielmini’s entire interview: