John Martinelli will be instructing at this year’s AIHce with Lewis Johnson. This course runs from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Sunday, May 22. It is worth 8 CM Credit Hours/0.8 CEU/0.5 CMP.
Participants will understand the role of the industrial hygienist in a risk assessment team for hospital construction, be able assist in the identification and control of health risks, and validate the effectiveness of control measures. The course begins with a review of the standards and guidance documents, including the Joint Commission’s Environment of Care Standard, the FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction of Healthcare Facilities, and the newly published APIC Infection Prevention Manual for Construction and Renovation. We will then cover agents of concern including aspergillus, Legionella, and common control measures and testing methods used to validate control measures. We will discuss the role of the HVAC system in infection prevention, the potential impact of construction projects, and the benefits and potential risks associated with creating temporary negative pressure work areas. We will cover the complex topic of real-time particle counting, pressure differential monitoring, data interpretation, and PCR mold analysis methods. Risks to building water systems during construction will be covered including information available to assist in compliance with the newly published ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 188-2015 Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems. The session will use case studies and table-top exercises to illustrate successful implementation of team risk management approaches.