October 09, 2020 / Industry News, PWGC News

2020 has been a wild ride! When the new age of the “Roaring ‘20s” began on January 1, 2020, I had no idea where we would be come autumn. It has been bumpy ride, but here at PWGC we have been moving forward to keep our clients safe and on schedule and our staff safe and healthy.

Some of you may not know me, so let me introduce myself, I am Heather Moran-Botta. I am a Project Manager for PWGC. I work mainly for Due Diligence and Industrial Hygiene (IH) but am also the Corporate Safety Coordinator. I have been working in the industry since 2009 and I have been with PWGC since 2014.

In order to keep in touch with our clients and staff, the IH team will be posting regularly with updates on IH, safety and any other topics that seem relevant to the times.

For October, let’s talk about how the pandemic has changed how we live and how we work. Here at PWGC some of the changes are obvious, many people are still working either full- or part-time from home, virtual meetings have become the norm, and smiling at co-workers is no longer an effective form of communication because of the masks we all wear. At home, I have groceries delivered, there are friends I haven’t seen all year, and restaurants I haven’t been to since March, places that would have been considered my second home prior to the pandemic. I’m sure we have all experienced a mix of this and more.

Even Halloween has not been left unscathed, on September 21, 2020, the CDC released guidelines for celebrating Halloween. These recommendations include alternatives to trick or treating, since trick or treating is considered a high-risk activity. Halloween is on a Saturday this year, which based on my years of anecdotal evidence, generally leads to lower trick-or-treater turnout. I believe this is because kids usually have more options such as festivals and Halloween parties to attend on the weekend. This year that likely won’t be the case. So, how will everyone be accommodating the trick-or-treaters that are sure to start knocking? I will likely have pre-wrapped bags for the kids, hand sanitizer on hand and instead of having them knock on the door, I will likely stay outside on the deck with “scary” cloth facemasks on. I will definitely be dressing up my 1.5 year old rescue puppy, this year she will be going as the hero we didn’t know we needed, the UPS delivery person.

As far as business goes, interest rates are extremely low right now and it seems like everyone is purchasing or refinancing, which keeps our asbestos inspections, remediations and Phase I/II Environmental Site Assessment groups busy. We have been working with everyone from commercial banks, residential high-end home builders, manufacturing companies and more.

Feel free to reach out by contacting me with any IH (or any other) questions.

Stay Safe and Healthy!


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