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Managing Risks in Healthcare Facilities

03 May 2021

By Phoebe Gane, Greencap National Practice Lead for Health & Safety

Did you know that up to 50% of the sources of healthcare-associated aspergillosis outbreaks are linked to hospital renovation and/or construction activities? Aspergillosis is an infection caused by a type of mould, typically affecting the respiratory system. 

In addition to the risks of infection, other common construction hazards, such as exposure to inhalable/respirable dust and asbestos fibres, can also pose an elevated risk within healthcare settings given the increased vulnerability of many of the occupants of these facilities. 

Assessing infection control and hazardous materials in a healthcare setting requires a multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach, including but not limited to: doctors and nurses, general healthcare staff, administration staff, architects, engineers, occupational hygienists, contractors and more. 

Identifying, assessing and controlling infection risks relies on the integral role of occupational hygienists and infection control professionals during the entire lifecycle of the project. 

Read the full story here: Managing Infection Risks

Or, check out the full magazine here: Hospital Healthcare Autumn 2021

 

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