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Cleaning for Health Workshop: Helping Essential Cleaners Identify Reservoirs for Germs


Sep 20 2023


8:30 am - 12:00 pm


Lake Worth, FL
4522 S. Congress Ave. Lake Worth, FL 33461

ARC Palm Beach County


Members: FREE
Nonmembers: FREE

The ISSA Cleaning for Health Workshop: Helping Essential Cleaners Identify Reservoirs for Germs Workshop provides critical education and training to frontline cleaning workers. This workshop closes gaps in current protections and controls for diseases transmissible by contact, droplet, and aerosol, of which frontline cleaners can be particularly vulnerable.

Core workshop focus:

In-person, three-hour workshop, taught by master trainers in the cleaning industry:

  • Identifying and preventing occupational-related infectious diseases, including COVID-19, in industries with high-illness rates, for frontline workers or susceptible populations
  • Identifying workplace hazards associated with infectious diseases, including COVID-19
The training course consists of three sessions:

Session 1 – What Does It Mean to Recognize Risk
Session 2 – How Germs Spread and Make People Sick
Session 3 – Human Body and Built Environment Reservoirs Important for the Cleaning Industry

Workshop curriculum topics include:
  • Case Studies – The transmission of infectious diseases in the workplace
  • Types of infectious disease-causing agents – Bacteria, viruses, fungi
  • Chain of infection and signs, symptoms, and transmission of infectious diseases
  • What are vaccine-preventable diseases? And how do vaccines protect me?
  • A layered hygiene approach – Hand hygiene, surfaces, air, and PPE
  • Preventive measures for a safe workplace – What do you need to be aware of?
  • Strategies for preparedness & response – Hazard identification and risk assessment
  • Strategies to support continuity of operations – Hierarchy of controls
  • Seven things to do create a household plan of action to protect those you live with
  • Strategies for cleaning equipment, tools, and your vehicle
  • Considerations in the workplace – Existing guidance and OSHA standards protect workers, worker rights, and employer responsibilities
Who should attend?
  • Frontline workers in the U.S. cleaning industry, including cleaners, janitors, restorers, and remediators
  • ISSA-member companies, including building service contractors, residential cleaners, and in-house service providers
  • Smaller businesses with 250 or fewer employees
  • Six states where the training will take place – Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, and Michigan

An answer of “yes” to any of the following questions indicates the need for your company’s frontline employee(s) to attend this training:

  • Does the employee clean restrooms and other areas which may have been dirtied with blood or bodily fluids?
  • Does the employee clean high-touch surfaces such as floors, door handles, elevator buttons, handrails, food preparation areas, countertops, bathroom surfaces, desks, shopping carts, toilets, faucets, and sinks?
  • Is the employee required to use an EPA-Registered Disinfectant product?
  • Is the employee required to pick up trash?
  • Does the employee handle dirty laundry?
Free Workshop

Participation in this Cleaning for Health Workshop: Helping Essential Cleaners Identify Reservoirs for Germs Workshop is free for ISSA-member companies as a result of a grant award that the association received from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor.*


For questions about the ISSA Cleaning for Health Workshop: Helping Essential Cleaners Identify Reservoirs for Germs Workshops, please contact Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner, Senior Director, GBAC®, a Division of ISSA.

*This training is presented under Grant Number SH-38958-22-60-F-17, ISSA FY22 Susan Harwood Training Program ARPA Infectious Diseases Grant from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. It does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. government.*

ARC Palm Beach County

4522 S. Congress Ave
Lake Worth, FL 33461


Doug Hoffman, Executive Director, NORMI (National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors)
Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner, Senior Director, Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA

Lunch will be provided by RESPECT of Florida.

RESPECT of Florida

Established in 1974 by the Florida Legislature (Sections 413.032–413.037, Florida Statutes), RESPECT of Florida is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization designated by the Florida Department of Management Services to administer Florida’s State Use program. RESPECT’s purpose is to create employment opportunities for individuals who are blind or have other disabilities by producing commodities and providing contractual services that are sold to governmental entities.

View a list of RESPECT of Florida’s Partner Employment Centers here.

Interested in registering a large group?
For inquries about group ordering, please contact the event organizer.



(800) 225-4772

Other Organizers

Abigail Castillo
[email protected]
Gavin Macgregor-Skinner
[email protected]


  • Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner
    Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner
    Senior Director of Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC)

    Certified Forensic Operator®️, Certified Bio-Forensic Restoration Specialist®️, Associate Professor, Penn State College of Medicine

    Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner has more than 30 years of technical experience in responding to infectious disease outbreaks and emergency management. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Penn State College of Medicine and teaches three 15-week graduate courses on Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Terrorist Emergencies. In 2014 he received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in teaching. He has appeared on CNN, Fox News, BBC, Canada CTV, Australia ABC, C-SPAN, and other news outlets to share his expertise on High Consequence Pathogens such as Coronavirus, Ebola, Influenza, Measles, Cholera, Zika and other global health threats. He served 12-years as an Officer in the Australian and British militaries and was an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the U.S. CDC in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Global Health Fellow with the United States Agency for International Development in Washington DC.


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