Cleaning & Sanitation Concepts in the COVID Era and Beyond

Event Date: 
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Event Type: 
NEHA Event
COVID-19: Essential Functions of the Environmental Health Workforce Live Chat Series

Cleaning & Sanitation Concepts in the COVID Era and Beyond

Wednesday, October 14
2:00–3:00 PM EDT

COVID-19 has brought forth an extraordinary heightened awareness of cleaning and sanitation. The science and principles of cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting remain critical to reducing risks as we combat COVID-19 and other bacterial and viral pathogens. In this webinar, the WHY, WHEN, and HOW concepts behind each step of cleaning and sanitation for food service will be reviewed, including food code compliance, and meeting reopening guidelines/requirements. Subject matter experts Dr. Emily Crispell from Chick-fil-A, Inc. and Dr. Anna Starobin from Ecolab, Inc. will focus on food industry applications. Please submit questions in advance via this survey before Friday, October 9. This webinar is cosponsored by the NEHA Business and Industry Affiliate. 

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Photo of Anna StarobinAnna Starobin, MD
Corporate Scientist, Global QSR
Food Retail Leader of Microbiology, Food Safety and Public Health
Ecolab, Inc.

Anna Starobin is a Corporate Scientist and a leader of microbiology, food safety and public Health for Ecolab’s global QSR and FRS divisions. Her responsibilities cover food safety, environmental testing,  equipment evaluation, outbreak prevention and recovery, regulatory product development and research for ECOLAB customers around the world. 

Dr. Starobin is actively involved in industry food safety projects. She is an author of several publications, patents and multiple white papers. She gives food safety talks covering topics such as cleaning and sanitation, equipment design, handcare, produce washing, environmental testing and outbreak prevention and recovery in the USA and internationally.


Emily Crispell, PhD
Senior Specialist, Food Safety and Restaurant Solutions
Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Dr. Emily Crispell is a food safety microbiologist with Chick-fil-A, Inc. In her current role, she identifies food safety risks and develops solutions to support a strong food safety culture within restaurants. She serves as a microbiology subject matter expert for challenges related to bacterial and viral pathogen survival and transmission.

Dr. Crispell’s professional journey began with supporting foodborne illness outbreak investigations for Georgia Department of Public Health. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a doctorate in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from Emory University. Her numerous peer-reviewed publications focus on mechanisms by which pathogens cause disease and resistance to antimicrobials. Her work has been recognized at the local and national level through multiple awards and invited talks by the Georgia Environmental Health Association, the American Society of Microbiology, and other professional groups.

The COVID-19: Essential Functions of the Environmental Health Workforce Live Chat Series highlights the role of the environmental health workforce in recovery and resilience of the environmental public health system during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more and view past webinars on the Live Chat Series page.


Contact Name: 
Laura Wildey
National Environmental Health Association