By Larry Lacombe
Just as healthcare professionals must remain nimble in light of new medical research, healthcare facilities, too, must keep pace with rapid changes in code compliance, neighborhood health, sustainability, and energy management. Code compliance is particularly crucial during new construction. If a new facility doesn’t meet compliance on a foundational level, the steps to correct the issue could be detrimental to the timeline and budget of the project – not to mention the safety of the workers.
To mitigate concerns and ensure a smooth project, compliance teams and planning, design, and construction teams should work together throughout the life of a project.
The pre-construction assessment is key to any project. During the pre-construction assessment, all teams will examine the potential environmental health, safety, and security issues of the project and determine corresponding mitigation processes in case any issues do arise.
One important component of the pre-construction risk assessment process is ICRA, or the infection control risk assessment. A fully integrated pre-construction assessment process means planning, design, and construction teams are not only looking at the project from an infection control perspective, but also a physical safety perspective. All the potential risks are examined at the beginning of a project to protect lives during and long after construction. [Read more…]