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.



The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners is a proud strategic partner with The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). APIC is the leading professional association for infection preventionists with more than 15,000 members who share the common goal of creating a safer world through the prevention of infection.


Carpenters Teach Health Professionals about ICRA at 2019 APIC Conference 


Training Course Provided by EAS Carpenter Instructors