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Infection Control Risk Assessment: Best Practices in Healthcare Facilities

 

Inadequate procedures during an occupied healthcare facility construction project can cause fatalities if contaminants are released into the environment. Lethal pathogens trapped above ceilings, behind walls or under floors, can infiltrate patient and staff environments via HVAC systems, foot traffic, and other conduits if the proper precautions are not taken.

ICRA stands for Infection Control Risk Assessment and the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters is taking aggressive action regarding this issue, and is training its carpenters to become highly trained to contain pathogens, protect patients and perform work without disrupting operations. Additionally, through this partnership with healthcare facilities, we help keep patients and staff safe during construction and renovation.

The program’s content is a product of collaboration between veteran construction instructors and healthcare facility experts who focus on construction practices in the healthcare facility industry. All content is reviewed and approved by master instructors at the UBC International Training Center, which works closely with educational consultants from the healthcare facility construction industry to review and refine all educational materials.

Construction ICRA Best Practices is an innovative program that provides patient-focused training for carpenters and other trades working in hospitals, medical facilities or other occupied spaces. This set of best practices helps prevent the spread of disease and infection during construction at healthcare facilities. ICRA instructors also offer training opportunities to healthcare facility staff.