Abraham Corona, M.AIRAH
Andrew Watson
Scott Summerville, M.AIRAH

Abraham Corona, M.AIRAH, TechIN
Andrew Watson, Centre for Biopharmaceutical Excellence
Scott Summerville, M.AIRAH, Opira

Operating Theatre COVID-19 common practices: advantages, disadvantages, risks, and comments

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About Corona:

Corona is a mechanical engineer with over 13 years’ experience designing and leading air conditioning and refrigeration projects. 

Since 2012, he has been working with critical air conditioning systems for the healthcare sector. His focus is on operating theatre air conditioning design from the infection control point of view. Corona aims to build bridges between the healthcare and air conditioning sectors to encourage collaboration in the reduction of surgical site infections and to promote awareness of antibiotic resistance.

Corona is a two-time finalist (2015 and 2019) in the Future Leader category at the AIRAH Awards, and a finalist in the ARBS Young Achiever category at the ARBS Awards 2020. He is Chair of AIRAH’s Infection Control and Operating Theatre Practices STG and has sat on both Victorian and Queensland division committees. Corona is a past participant of the Standards Australia NEXTgen program, and current Co-opted Member of the Standards Australia committee ME-060 (Cleanroom Standards).

About Watson:
Watson has more than 25 years’ experience in the design, construction, commissioning/validation and operation of a wide range hi-tech facilities, including pharmaceutical manufacturing, high containment, industrial cleanroom, hospital pharmacy and specialist research facilities.

This experience extends to facility layout, building fabric design, construction, and HVAC, utility and purified water specification. His project management experience encompasses all aspects of FDA, EU-TGA-PIC/s and associated regulations, local and international standards, and general quality practices.

Watson is a past president of ISPE (Australasia) and is active in establishing ISO standards. He is Independent Chair of ME-060 (Cleanroom Standards) for Standards Australia and a committee member for TC-209 – (ISO 14644 and 14698 suite of standards).

About Summerville: 
During more than 25 years in the property industry, Summerville has worked with a wide variety of clients, gaining extensive experience. This includes critical environment testing of cleanrooms, biological safety cabinets, cytotoxic cabinets, laminar flow cabinets, and associated controlled environments such as operating theatres. Summerville also has an interest in indoor air quality testing for buildings and consulting, particularly around the NABERS and WELL building standards. 

Summerville is Managing Director of Opira and Air Restore, and Director of Labstar. He is a member of AIRAH, the Institute of Healthcare Engineering Australia (IHEA), the Association of Biosafety for Australia and New Zealand (ABSANZ), the Facility Managers Association (FMA), and the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA).

As well as writing and presenting papers at various industry conferences and actively participating in management and technical committees for AIRAH, IHEA, and IAQA, Summerville is on the Standards Australia ME60 Committee, Controlled Environment, and is a member of the AIRAH Special Technical Group on Infection Control and Operating Theatre Practices.