George Washington University To Advise Amtrak On Pandemic Response

Amtrak has engaged the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (GW Milken Institute SPH) to provide ongoing technical expertise and guidance to enhance Amtrak’s comprehensive coronavirus pandemic response. With a full-time medical director and public health and safety team who have been on the front lines throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, Amtrak has studied and made improvements to the Amtrak travel experience – from beginning to end. The research will supplement Amtrak’s proactive efforts to deliver a new standard of travel that includes enhanced cleaning protocols, contactless amenities, social distancing on board and in stations, required face coverings and sophisticated air filtration.

As part of this ongoing partnership, the GW Milken Institute SPH team will advise Amtrak in the following areas:

  • Reviewing safe work practices, return-to-work plans, and guidance for employees, managers and facility operators.
  • Monitoring the epidemic using regional and national data sources to anticipate and respond to geographic transmission trends.
  • Implementing workplace and operational practices that exceed the latest public health guidelines for COVID-19 prevention.
  • Reviewing and recommending disinfection, sanitization and decontamination practices in trains, stations and facilities.
  • Providing timely and evidence-based advice to promote a safe work culture for our employees and travel experience for our customers.

“Amtrak’s commitment to maintain a workplace that promotes rigorous health and safety measures is impressive,” said Melissa J. Perry, ScD, MHS, professor and chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at GW Milken Institute SPH. “We look forward to sharing knowledge and data to help Amtrak navigate this ever-changing environment as a result of the widespread coronavirus.”

-via Press Release

This article was posted on: August 11, 2020