Hospitals damaged in natuural disasters risk infectious disease spread unless cleanup crews receive special training

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Florida-based Linders Health Institute hired by international disaster restoration group to teach workers how to minimize spread of airborne infections during disaster recovery.

ORLANDO (June 6, 2016) –A natural disaster like Hurricane Sandy can do more damage than destroyed buildings and flooded communities. Hurricanes, tornados and other disasters can also unleash infectious diseases that spread through populations long after winds and rains have subsided.

The Linders Health Institute (, the educational arm of Philders Group International (www.phildersgroup/net), an Orlando-based consulting firm specializing in infectious disease policy for the construction industry, has formed an alliance with Disaster Kleenup International (DKI) the world’s largest disaster remediation organization.  The Institute will train DKI owners how to minimize the risk of the spread of life-threatening diseases during the disaster recovery process.

The two-day “boot camps” will be taught throughout the U. S. by Philders Group Founder Marlene Linders who designed the unique course, entitled “Fundamentals of Infection Control during Construction”. It is the only accredited program sanctioned by both the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the US Green Building Council (USGBC/GBCI) for continuing education.

“The Institute’s courses are specifically designed to teach companies in the building industries about the increasingly stringent expertise needed to compete in the healthcare construction marketplace,” Linders said. “The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and healthcare accrediting entities such as Joint Commission are mandating programs that address increased infection exposure risks during construction and renovation of hospitals and other healthcare facilities.”

Linders said that it is crucial for companies like DKI – among the construction industry’s “first responders” after a disaster – to be prepared for the unique challenges of restoring badly damaged healthcare sites for safe re-occupancy, even after patients and staff have been evacuated. 

The requirement of construction compliance standards to prevent increases in potentially deadly hospital-borne infections  – infections identified with thousands of patient deaths each year – has become of increasing concern to both federal and private health officials in the face of mounting evidence that airborne and surface bound pathogens can proliferate, even during normal construction or renovation of healthcare buildings.

Linders is recognized as one of the two women in the US designated as a Distinguished Lecturer for the prestigious American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

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About Philders Group Intl. – 

Philders Group International, Inc. ( is a healthcare consulting/business development firm which serves the healthcare building industry, focusing on infectious disease policy during construction. Headquartered in Heathrow, Florida, Philders Group provides specialized services to a global clientele, including personal and online compliance training and infectious disease control investigation, counsel and testimony. The company is internationally recognized for its educational component, The Linders Health Institute.

About The Linders Health Institute – 

The Linders Health Institute ( is the education/training/accrediting arm of Philders Group International. The Linders Health Institute provides a range of study courses on compliance standards for companies that work, or that seek to do work in the healthcare built industry. These courses, exclusively approved by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and The Green Building Council (LEED), were developed from regulatory changes implemented by The Joint Commission under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).     



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