APRIL 20, 2020: As the number of COVID-19 cases in critical care facilities continues to rise, Alberta Health Services has mobilised our team of environmental experts to help restore and prevent the further spread of this virus throughout the whole facility.
As two new cases of COVID-19 appeared at Manoir Du Lac retirement home in McLennan, the team at MBC Group was at the forefront in response to this critical emergency and will continue to monitor the situation as it progresses.
“This is a crucial time for us to work together to ensure the health and safety off all those who work and live within this space. We want to ensure we are running tests and making sure we are following all proper protocols to reduce and contain the spread of this virus.” said Dennis French, Executive VP of Environmental Services.
We are committed to help all those affected within our community and want to continue playing our role with helping to minimize the spread, as well as reduce the number of COVID-19 cases that appear within these care facilities.
If you need our essential services, call us toll free at: 1-800-547-0608 or visit our website at www.mbc-group.ca
About MBC Group
Founded in 2000, MBC is one of Canada’s leading trusted appraisal and quantity surveying, engineering and environmental consulting firms. Our expertise spans many industries. Our construction industry experience combined with advanced technology and fast turn-around times makes us one of the most preferred providers in the property and structure appraisal industry.
Visit our website to learn more about our services and submit requests at https://www.mbc-group.ca/.
Did you know that cleaning and disinfecting are not the same thing? Don’t believe us, listen in on our Executive VP of Environmental Services, Dennis French while he goes through the differences of how to properly sanitize and kill bacteria on all surfaces.
APRIL 13, 2020: MBC Group is pleased to announce the addition of Christian Injates, joining the team as Senior Manager of Environmental Services. Christian is based out of the Vancouver office in British Columbia and will be working with clients across Western Canada.
Christian has over 25 years of related environmental consulting experience throughout Western and Northern Canada. During that time, Chris has had experience as a technologist, project and group manager responsible for overseeing hundreds of environmental projects for a wide range of clients and industry sectors. He has completed many certifications including Trade Safety Coordinator, Construction Safety Officer, Environmental Consultant/Manager and is an AHERA certified building Inspector, which gives him a wide range of skills to be able to tackle all environmental projects with the highest regard.
“I am excited to continue learning and sharing my experiences from not just Canada but from around the world with our clients. It’s amazing how different each claim can be, and I am always looking forward to growing with every experience I am exposed to,” says Christian “I feel MBC will give me the chance to really get to know my clients and their needs and show them all I have to offer”.
Mr. Injates will be working closely with Avery Musklin, Director of Environmental Services.
Christian Injates can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or toll free at: 1-800-547-0608.
About MBC Group
MBC Group has serviced the construction industry for over 20 years; providing structural, commercial, civil and residential consultation. Our mission is to provide objective analysis, precise reporting to assist our clients in making informed decisions. MBC Group is one of Canada’s leading national post-loss appraisal and construction consulting firm.
Visit our website to learn more about our services and submit requests at www.mbc-group.ca
Be mindful that there is a short supply of personal protection equipment due to the spread of COVID-19. Listen in on our Executive VP of Environmental Services, Dennis French talk about the alternatives measures you can use to maintain your health and safety in the workplace when managing restoration projects.
Dennis French, MBC Group’s Executive Vice President of Environmental Services, takes a moment to share with us the best practices to use to avoid exposure and transfer of COVID-19. The team at MBC hopes that everyone is prioritizing their health and wellness during this time.
As the number of cases of coronavirus rise, so has the creation of fear and anxiety caused by all the overload of information we receive through social media and the news. Here at MBC, we prioritize the health and safety of everyone affected and feel the responsibility to provide you with the accurate facts about this virus. That’s why we want to give you all the necessary information you need to help decrease and prevent the further spread of this virus. We will examine the anatomy of COVID-19, the indirect and direct routes of entry as well as best practices to help keep you and your family safe.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus disease-2019) is a virus that comes from the same family of viruses as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome 2012). The virus is a respiratory disease only and cannot infect a person other than by having the virus enter the lungs. The organism is protected by an encasing layer and this aspect is important in determining the type of cleaning and disinfecting agents to be used as water plays a role in softening the casing to allow for soaps and disinfectant to enter the cell casing to kill the internal structure of the virus.
This new virus is believed to have evolved from animals and crossed the boundary between species. Human beings have never been exposed to this virus and as a result, we have no antibodies to fight the disease which has created a great cause for concern. The only way we can build up our immunity is through exposure and the natural development of antibodies or by tricking the body into producing antibodies through vaccinations. Viruses are very small particles; in fact, the diameter of the individual particles is less than 0.1 micron. However, viruses do not have the ability to transmit or migrate in a single cell state, rather they drift into the air through droplets of aerosol that humans eject when we speak, cough or sneeze. Such droplets are slightly larger in size and using even simple dust masks or surgical masks will prevent these particles from entering the respiratory system.
Direct exposure is created when this live virus is inhaled directly into the lungs by an infected person who causes aerosol droplets to be released into the air through talking, sneezing or coughing. This is why all Health Authorities are urging us to practice social distancing, which means individuals are required to stay at least 2m or 6’ as a safe distance which expelled droplets will fall out of the air and will prevent you from inhaling the virus if you come into contact with an infected individual. Indirect exposure is when the live virus is transmitted indirectly to an individual’s lungs, usually from hand to face contact. This is when a healthy person comes into contact with an infected individual, for example greeting them with a handshake and before they can wash or disinfect their hands, they instantaneously touch their own face instead. The same action can occur through the touch of droplet exposed surfaces such as (but not limited to) door handles, phones, computers, countertops, walls and various other surfaces.
Frequent hand-washing for 20 seconds or more is the most effective defence against the infection or spread of the COVID-19 virus. If you are exposed to someone who has a virus, please seek the help of a medical professional immediately. If direct skin contact has occurred and hand washing is not available to you immediately, make sure to use hand disinfectant solutions as a preventative measure to maintain your health and safety. If disinfection solutions are not immediately available to you, DO NOT TOUCH your face as this is an indirect transfer area.
Be sure to take every precaution we have previously laid out and always practice proper hygiene methods in order to limit the spread of this virus. For this to work and for us to save lives, we need to all be in this together and in doing, so we need to regularly wash our hands and practice social distancing. All these measures have been put into place by many Health Officials, and they are urging us to integrate these standard practices of hygiene to help lessen the number of individuals who are infected. Again, the MBC Group would like to encourage everyone to stay safe and stay home. Should you have any questions regarding our consulting services and want us to provide proper hygiene protocol assistance, feel free to contact members of the MBC team by visiting our website or giving us a call at 1-800-547-0608.
MBC Group continues to remain in operation to assist with any of our clients needs across all lines of business. We have actioned our Business Continuity Plan and although our office locations are closed, our staff is continuing to work remotely across Canada. Due to the on-going observations regarding COVID-19 awareness and regulations, the following notes include a brief update on our services:
- Locations: All locations remain operational. Therefore any assignments will be treated from the closest locations. Due to flight restrictions, we will drive to all locations as required to perform any and all services offered.
- Essential Services – Environmental: We have submitted an application to the Provincial and Federal levels to be recognized as an essential service with our Indoor Air Quality and Occupation Hygiene Consultants being critical to responses. Our team can project manage, oversee and monitor all environmental assessments and cleanup projects. This service not only extends to buildings but any clients with mass transport that require the services we can provide.
- Essential Services – Engineering: Our teams are working with planning departments nationwide. With our Engineers being able to perform permit inspections and provide Engineer stamped sign off schedules for permit approvals. We are seeing both business and residential permits being held up – this increases ALE and BI. With our service we can step in on behalf of the permitting office to ensure projects do not come to a standstill.
- Appraisal Team: Our Appraisers and Quantity Surveyors remain mobile and follow strict PPE/safety protocols during any travel or inspections. These protocols will be documented as part of our visit to confirm requirements were met.
- Protocols: We have developed online content with our teams, including video content, to keep them updated. There have been proper protocols implemented to ensure health and safety is a top priority at all site operations as well as cleanliness while working from home in relation to addressing these concerns about COVID-19.
Dennis French, our EVP of Environmental Services and an industry authority across North America on indoor air quality and occupational hygiene, is leading the information charge on behalf of MBC and is providing expert updates on a regular basis. As you can see our BCP was implemented over a week ago and our teams continue to work hard to maintain the health and safety of all internal and external stakeholders. We are fully functional and working within Federal guidelines where it is needed.
Stay safe, stay healthy and stay home!
As our company continues to grow, so does the team. This week we are shining a spotlight on our newest team member, Naomi Myers. Starting on March 23rd, 2020, we will be welcoming Naomi as the Director of National Services for MBC Group.
Naomi is a dynamic and charismatic sales lead who prides herself on providing excellent service and outperforming company expectations. She holds a Fellowship Insurance Professional designation and a Canadian risk managers designation, which makes her the ideal candidate to help understand and execute our company’s strategic business plan.
As an experienced National Director of Business Development, she has become well versed in sales, management, training, as well as providing knowledgeable information pertaining to commercial and casualty insurance. She will be responsible for the growth and advancement of major projects that will help drive our team of business managers, engineers and environmental technicians to help generate ongoing revenue.
Naomi is well thought of as a great mentor and teammate, she is versatile and is ready to adapt to the needs of a high-pressure environment, which is proven quality for the work we are continually doing out in the field. We are thrilled have her onboard and are expecting great things to come under her direction here at MBC Group.
The team at MBC Group never stops growing. We are so very proud to welcome our newest member, Kevin Ducharme. Starting on March 16th, 2020, Kevin will be working as the new Senior Manager for our Montreal office.
Before joining MBC Group, Kevin excelled as a Project Manager responsible as the first line of contact for Environmental contamination responses nationwide. Through these previous project successes across Canada, Kevin has become a highly regarded expert in providing solutions to the oil spill and environmental loss field.
Kevin is highly skilled in building relationships and understands what it takes to be a great leader. Kevin has a great understanding for managing the needs of all stakeholders and takes a proactive approach to ensuring that all our client’s expectations are exceeded.
The role of Senior Manager comes with a commitment to staying highly motivated and a strong dedication to team. As Kevin takes on this new role, we are certain his diligence will maintain the high-performance standards and uphold all the core values that MBC stands for.
MBC Group continues to place high priority on all employee and client health and safety concerns. MBC Groups Environmental division is standing by and ready to assist with evaluation of our client’s current hygiene protocols or to help create and implement new hygiene protocols to ensure our clients are responding with the latest, updated information available to combat this Coronavirus pandemic. Clients are invited to request MBC Groups assistance in evaluating their properties to ensure proper engineering, administrative and PPE controls are in place, specific to your facility, specific to your user population.
At present the Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the current public health risk as low, and MBC Group will continue to monitor the situation and maintain the latest information available to convey to our clients. It is important, in times such as this, we are practicing proper health and safety procedures and protocols. The Public Health Agency of Canada advises individuals pay particular attention to ensuring the cleanliness of the following high-touch surface areas commonly found in homes including; toys, toilets, phones, electronics, door handles, bedside tables, and television remotes.
Again MBC Group would like to encourage everyone to stay safe and should you have any questions regarding our consulting services and providing proper hygiene protocols assistance please reach out to the MBC team. For more information on COVID-19 visit https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html.