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April 29, 2020

To all ABI Clients, Trade Partners and Municipal Partners:

ABI is excited to announce that our team is authorized to fully resume all code enforcement operations starting Friday, May 1st. Understanding that these are still uncertain times and safety still needs to be the word of the day. Please understand that in no way would ABI ask anyone to put themselves in an environment or situation that would potentially compromise their health. The curve has flattened and new treatments are being developed. But because of the potential threat to contract the virus is still present, we will be taking certain steps to mitigate the spread. The following is ABI’s internal policy.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This guidance will be company policy starting May 1st 2020.

Purpose:    To assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women and to reduce the impact of COVID-19 outbreak conditions on employees, businesses, workers, customers, and the public. To help identify risk levels in workplace settings and to determine any appropriate control measures to implement engineering, administrative, and work practice controls and personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as considerations for doing so (as described within). To comply with all Federal, State, and Local requirements set forth by such governing bodies.

It is the policy of ABI that all employees are subject to this guidance and shall conduct operations in the manner best designed to prevent or mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of our employees, municipal and trade partners, and the public as a whole. Per directive from the Governor, all Local municipalities may elect to impose more stringent requirements than those contained in this guidance. In such instances, ABI employees must adhere to the more stringent requirements. This also applies to job site protocols.

The information and content herein is intended to assist ABI and its employee’s in establishing and maintaining a safe and healthful workplace. The information contained here within is compiled from guidance provided by the PA Department of Health, Center for Disease Control (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Any guidance is in keeping with the “best practices” currently known about limiting potential exposure and the spread of COVID-19. ABI will continue to stay abreast of guidance from federal, state, local, tribal, and/or territorial health agencies, and will continue to consider how to incorporate those recommendations and resources into workplace-specific plans.

About COVID-19

Symptoms of COVID-19

Infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can cause illness ranging from mild to severe and, in some cases, can be fatal. Symptoms typically include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Some people infected with the virus have reported experiencing other non-respiratory symptoms. Other people, referred to as asymptomatic cases, have experienced no symptoms at all. According to the CDC, symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. GUIDANCE ON PREPARING WORKPLACES FOR COVID-19

How COVID-19 Spreads

Although the first human cases of COVID-19, in China, may have resulted from exposure to infected animals, infected people can spread SARS-CoV-2 to other people. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, including:

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has SARS-CoV-2 on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the primary way the virus spreads.

People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (i.e., experiencing fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath). Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this type of asymptomatic transmission with this new coronavirus, but this is also not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. The CDC website provides the latest information about COVID-19 transmission: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html.

Steps to Reduce Risk of Exposure to SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)

Office Procedures:

ABI will provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for all employees. Employees are encouraged to secure PPE on their own above and beyond what is provided by ABI if they feel the need for additional protection.

The following procedure shall be followed by all staff:

Field Inspector Procedures:

ABI will provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for all employees. Employees are encouraged to secure PPE on their own above and beyond what is provided by ABI if they feel the need for additional protection.

The following procedure shall be followed by all Field Inspectors:

COMPLIANCE: This SOP shall be in full effect and will remain in place until further notice. Until specifically directed otherwise this SOP is to be followed by all employees. Please respect your health and that of your coworkers and the public at large. 

Thank you in advance for your compliance. Please stay safe.


March 30, 2020

NOTICE:

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

For full details regarding The Families First Coronavirus Response Act please visit the government’s website by clicking here.

For additional information from ABI, please submit a request for information by clicking here.


March 23, 2020

To all ABI Clients, Trade Partners and Municipal Partners:

Our top priority has and always will be to ensure the health, safety and welfare of our employees, our clients and the public at large. We are in the midst of an unprecedented interruption in our current way of life. We of course recommend you do everything you can to stay healthy and help others do the same. 

By now you are aware of the Governor’s order regarding the prohibition on operation of businesses that are not life sustaining:

“No person or entity shall operate a place of business in the Commonwealth that is not a life sustaining business regardless of whether the business is open to members of the public. This prohibition does not apply to virtual or telework operations (e.g., work from home), so long as social distancing and other mitigation measures are followed in such operations.”

In addition, the Governor’s office issued a supplemental Life-sustaining-business list. That list puts construction in the category that may not continue physical operations. (Except: Healthcare facilities, emergency repairs or work that is being conducted in connection with a DCED waiver are permitted.)

Effective Monday, March 23, 2020 at 8am, under direction of state and local governments ABI will be conducting business on a limited basis. ABI has set in place the following protocol to comply with the Governor’s Order:

https://expressforms.pa.gov/apps/pa/DCED/Waiver-process-keeping-physical-locations-open

Please reach out to your municipality for additional guidance on how to proceed with projects.  The above steps outline a general policy and do not cover all circumstances. If you feel that your project is an exception to the governor’s prohibition on construction, please reach out to your local municipality and ABI. Please direct all questions, requests for information and or plan submissions to info@weknowcodes.com.

We assure you that our team will be ready to resume full services as soon as we are able to. We will continue to update you as this dynamic situation continues to evolve. Please stay safe and healthy. We look forward to seeing you all once the restrictions have been lifted.    

 

Sincerely,

Edward Poorman

President

Associated Building Inspections, LLC


 

March 20, 2020

To all ABI Clients, Trade Partners and Municipal Partners:

Our top priority has and always will be to ensure the health, safety and welfare of our employees, our clients and the public at large. We are in the midst of an unprecedented interruption in our current way of life. We of course recommend you do everything you can to stay healthy and help others do the same.

By now you are aware of the Governor’s order regarding the prohibition on operation of businesses that are not life sustaining:

“No person or entity shall operate a place of business in the Commonwealth that is not a life sustaining business regardless of whether the business is open to members of the public. This prohibition does not apply to virtual or telework operations (e.g., work from home), so long as social distancing and other mitigation measures are followed in such operations.”

In addition, the Governor’s office issued a supplemental Life-sustaining-business list. That list puts construction in the category that may not continue physical operations.

For the first time in 26 years, Effective as of Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 8pm, under direction of state and local governments ABI has closed its office. Furthermore, will take the following steps to comply with the Governor’s Order:

Please reach out to your municipality for additional guidance on how to proceed with projects.  The above steps outline a general policy and do not cover all circumstances. If you feel that your project is an exception to the governor’s prohibition on construction, please reach out to your local municipality and ABI. Please direct all questions, requests for information and or plan submissions to info@weknowcodes.com.

We assure you that our team will be ready to resume full services as soon as we are able to. We will continue to update you as this dynamic situation continues to evolve. Please stay safe and healthy. We look forward to seeing you all once the restrictions have been lifted.    

 

Sincerely,

Edward Poorman

President

Associated Building Inspections, LLC


March 16, 2020

To all ABI Clients, Trade Partners and Municipal Partners:

Our top priority has and always will be to ensure the health, safety and welfare of our employees, our clients and the public at large. We are in the midst of an unprecedented interruption in our current way of life. We of course recommend you do everything you can to stay healthy and help others do the same.

We are closely communicating with Federal, State and Local officials in monitoring the COVID-19 Virus and its evolving impact on our community. By this time, you are aware of the Governor’s virtual conference and his imposed restrictions. ABI wants to assure all of you, as long as our Municipal partners remain operational we will be there to support them.

We want to continue to offer exceptional service, so ABI is taking extra precautions to mitigate our employee’s exposure to COVID-19 while remaining operational. We are instructing our employees to stay home if they feel sick or exhibit any symptoms associated with COVID-19. We respectfully request our customers to do the same.

In addition, ABI will be reducing our hours of operations. Moving forward, until any/all federal and state restrictions are lifted, ABI’s office hours will be Mon.-Fri. 8am- 12pm. In addition, our office will be closed to the public. If you are dropping anything at our office, you may leave it in the hall outside of our main office door. You are encouraged to submit electronic drawings for permit submission plan reviews and comments. ABI’s staff will still be available via email and phone during our regular business hours.

ABI’s inspectors will be available upon request per usual, however, if our inspectors are called to perform an inspection the following actions are to be followed:

We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

It is our goal to continue to support our clients and ensure no work is stopped on our account. We will continue to update our clients as this dynamic situation evolves. We thank you for continuing to rely on ABI as your first choice in Compliance, Quality Control and Safety.

“Safety is our Priority”

Sincerely,

Edward Poorman

President

Associated Building Inspections, LLC


ABI Diversifies: Launches Property Maintenance & Housing Division

Lancaster – October 1, 2017: Associated Building Inspections (ABI) is pleased to announce that they now offer Property Maintenance and Housing Inspections to all municipalities in south central PA.

Most people are aware of Building Codes, but few are aware that most municipalities have only adopted building codes for new construction. Existing structures and properties are exempt from enforcement by Pennsylvania’s Uniform Construction Code (UCC). While every Municipality enforces the state code in some fashion, few enforce Property Maintenance and Housing Inspections.

Blighted property is a serious concern that continues to increase as our communities age and grow. With the addition of the Property Maintenance Division, ABI will continue to meet the code enforcement needs of our communities. We offer a wide range of enforcement that can meet all of your municipal needs. A well implemented property maintenance program encourages economic stability and promotes a healthy community.

ABI’s President, Edward Poorman, announced the initiative to provide a needed service to municipalities that are struggling to keep up with the minimum maintenance requirements for existing structures and exterior property areas. The purpose of the Property Maintenance Division is to enforce the Property Maintenance Code, which is intended to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public by requiring existing structures and properties to comply with the provisions adopted by each municipality.

ABI works with each municipality to create a program that meets the specific needs of their residents. If a property or structure does not comply with the regulations adopted by the municipality, it shall be required to abate all deficient items by making needed repairs or alterations. The goal is to ensure that all existing properties and structures meet a minimum level of health and safety as required by code.

“We are expecting to see an increased need for Property Maintenance and Rental inspections”, Poorman said. “We are hearing from municipalities that are not interested in waiting for a tragedy to happen before they take action. It puts your mind to rest to know that the municipal officials are looking out for their resident’s interests.” Edward Poorman, President ABI

 



ABI Acquisition/Sale Announcement:

Lancaster – August 31, 2017: Associated Building Inspections is under new ownership. On August 31, Edward Poorman purchased Associated Building Inspections Incorporated (ABI) from Randy B Maurer. As a result of the transaction, Edward Poorman will assume the role of President of Associated Building Inspections LLC. Randy Maurer, ABI’s founder, will be named Vice President of Internal Operations. All other employees will continue in their current roles. ABI will remain headquartered in Ephrata PA.

Edward Poorman holds an Associates Degree in Architectural Engineering and a Bachelors Degree in Architecture .  Ed holds many inspection certifications in building, plumbing, mechanical, energy and electrical for both residential and commercial applications.   Ed Poorman was also a Sergeant in the Marines and a Iraq Veteran of War.

ABI remains committed to the highest level of code enforcement, and the new structure will enable ABI to expand their role in the area and provide additional value-added services to municipalities, contractors, designers and the construction industry as a whole.

Associated Building Inspections seasoned management team has done a tremendous job building a successful track record and outstanding relationships with its municipal and private customers. ABI has strong focus on customer satisfaction and creative, cost effect, code based, solutions to meet the needs of their customers.

ABI has built a reputation on employing subject matter experts in their respective fields. This sets the bar very high for excellence in building code enforcement. A standard that will not change with new ownership.

“I am very excited for this opportunity”, said Mr. Poorman. “It is a honor and privilege to partner with Randy Maurer. Randy has set the bar very high in this industry. While this acquisition denotes a change in ownership, our customers should rest assured that the fundamental principles that make ABI an industry leader in code enforcement will not be compromised.”

“We look forward to growing our breadth and diversity in code enforcement. We will continue to deliver the highest possible service to our customers. Life safety is paramount; our customers can continue to rely on us to ensure that all local and state codes are enforced in all aspects of the construction process.” Edward Poorman, President Associated Building Inspections LLC., August 31, 2017