COVID-19 Update

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology’s (IEST) first priority is the health, safety, and well-being of everyone. Our thoughts go out to all those affected by this virus and the caregivers working tirelessly on the front lines of this crisis. We continue to track the developments around COVID-19 and take appropriate action to lessen the impact the virus may have on the communities we serve. 

Headquarter Operations, Contacting IEST Staff
In response to the crisis and to protect the health and well-being of our staff and members, IEST is instituting remote work-from-home for staff.  We will remain fully operational and you may continue to reach us by email and phone.

In-Person Events and Training
This year, ESTECH and EDUCON will be combined into one conference - ESTECH/EDUCON 2020, taking place October 5-8 at the InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront hotel in Minneapolis/St. Paul Minnesota. ESTECH/EDUCON 2020 is designed for professionals in Contamination Control/Cleanrooms, Environmental Test and Reliability, and Nanotechnology Facilities. The Requirements Needed for Compounding Pharmacies Using USP 797 course, originally scheduled for May 12-15 in Missouri, is postponed. We are exploring options for rescheduling and when available, we will share those details through our website, social media channels, and email. No other training has been canceled at this point.


The CDC’s standard recommendations for the general public to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19 are as follows, which include hand and respiratory hygiene:

- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

- Stay home when you are sick.

- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.