Healthcare construction is safety first

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From Larry Carpenter
Senior Vice President, Construction
Jones Lang LaSalle

In the construction and renovation of occupied facilities, safety and the maintenance of operations must always be at the forefront. For healthcare facilities, this takes on a heightened level of importance.

Contractors’ responsibility now extends to the patients and visitors who are impacted by ongoing construction. Today normal procedures to ensure cleanliness, adequate egress, and that life safety systems remain intact are supplemented by Infection Control Risk Assessments  (ICRA) and Interim Life Safety Measures (ILSM).

These assessments clearly define all risks associated with the project, and put procedures in place for compliance. Technical precision, concise documentation, and detailed follow-up are required, particularly in the preparation and execution of project logistics, phasing, and scheduling.

I’m fortunate to have been involved in healthcare construction for the better part of my career. It is rewarding to do work that has a direct impact on people’s lives. In recent years the American Hospital Association through ASHE has developed programs to train and certify those who design, manage, and supervise healthcare construction projects. I embrace these programs and encourage all those who touch them to do the same.

Projects at healthcare facilities impact so much more than the physical environment. It comes down to the clients’ customer and their safety. Approaching this type of assignment with the highest level of expertise and training is essential to its success.

-Larry

Larry is a certified healthcare constructor.

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