Helping Protect the Most Vulnerable Through Clean Construction
The Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) guidelines created, taught by, and implemented by The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America have become a health industry standard that health care facilities abide by today. Established in 2007, ICRA mitigates the risks associated with construction activities to reduce the spread of viruses, bacteria, mold, and other workplace contaminants. While its most prominent use is within hospitals, it can and should also be utilized in senior living facilities, VA’s, and other off-site medical centers. The expansion of its use is now more important than ever because of the potential threat of a pandemic.
Approximately 99,000 people die in hospitals every year due to secondary infections contracted during their stays. One of the major causes of secondary infections is cross-contamination, which can occur during hospital remodels. The removal of ceilings, walls, flooring, etc. releases agents that may be trapped behind ceilings and walls, and under floors. If not handled properly, these infectious agents are transferred through HVAC systems, drafts, feet tracking, etc. to other areas of the hospital occupied by patients with compromised immune systems who are more likely to be susceptible to secondary infections. Health care facilities now require contractors and workers who have been trained to handle these situations during construction. EAS Carpenters are there to make this happen.