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Creating a Safer Healthcare Construction Environment Through Education and Training

GH Phipps initiated the first formal education program in Colorado designed specifically for healthcare construction professionals.

All GH Phipps management, supervisory staff members and subcontractors working on healthcare projects are required to attend an in-depth training session which touches on every aspect of providing responsible, effective construction services in the medical facility environment. Training is independently administered and verified.

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Magnitude of infection problems
  • Impact on patients
  • Biological sources for airborne diseases
  • Infection control measures
  • Dust control
  • Ventilation and negative air pressure
  • Medical gas, water, utilities
  • Barriers, partitions, and enclosures
  • Water and solid debris control
  • Noise, dress and appropriate behavior
  • Proper procedures for use of hospital facilities
  • Planning and administration
  • Hospital emergency code words
  • Regulations, codes and guidelines including OSHA, CDC, NFPA, AIA, JCAHO, ASHE, CAHED, HICPAC, ASHRAE
  • Healthcare construction testing procedures such as monitoring and sampling
  • Interim life safety measures
  • Development of an ICRA (Infection Control Risk Assessment)
  • Planning and administration