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Monday, March 6, 2006 Issue 11   VOLUME 1 ISSUE 11  
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Industry Perspectives
Unannounced JCAHO Surveys: Strategies for Maintaining Continuous Compliance
An interview with Steven Bloom, M.S.
by Linda Goodspeed

Beginning January 1, 2006, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) moved away from its longstanding program of triennial surveys to a policy of unannounced visits. This new policy not only forces healthcare institutions to maintain continuous compliance with all JCAHO standards, but also to keep all supporting documentation and policies up-to-date. Moreover, staff education must be ongoing, with updates at frequent intervals as standards are added or modified. Management of the Environment of Care (EC) is especially impacted by this change because of the variety of disciplines it covers


Tips from the Experts
Helping Commercial Tenants Prepare for Emergencies Makes Business Sense
by Robert Foster

While most leases hold the tenant wholly responsible for responding to site emergencies and for the protection of their employees, the landlord also stands to benefit from tenants who are well prepared for all types of emergencies. This can be particularly true when tenants store and use hazardous chemicals on-site, and when multiple tenants occupy a facility. In these cases, a proper response to a spill or a fast notification system can prevent a lot of problems affecting the building or property.


EPA Finalizes and Signs Amendment to the SPCC Rule

On February 10, 2006, EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson signed a final rule amending the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Rule. This action extends the SPCC compliance dates for all facilities until October 31, 2007.


Tips for Protecting Workers During Winter
by David Shore

Imagine braving a 50 mph head wind with blinding snow and below freezing temperatures! Picture yourself on Mount Everest struggling to reach the summit? Now visualize your HVAC service technician traversing a snow-covered rooftop to check a faulty thermocouple or freeze-stat. The stark difference in safety is that the climber is probably better clothed and more protected from the cold than the service technician.


Service Spotlight
EH&E Introduces Health & Safety Compliance Portals for Hospitals, Healthcare & Biotech Companies
by Robert Foster

EH&E has introduced a pair of web-enabled solutions to help hospitals, healthcare facilities, and biotech companies centralize and affordably manage the myriad of federal, state and local environmental health & safety (EH&S) compliance regulations that they face.


News and Events

May 17 - EH&E will present a healthcare workshop entitled "Are You Ready for an Unannounced Survey? Meeting the Demand for Continuous Compliance: Practical Solutions for Your Environment of Care Program"  - This 2.5 hour workshop will show you creative solutions for maintaining your EOC program, so you're ready whenever JCAHO arrives. For more information, contact Kirsten Buchanan at 800-825-5343, or visit

Dr. John D. Spengler of the Harvard School of Public Health and Principal of EH&E told government officials at the first White House Summit on Federal Sustainable Buildings that as much as 30% of the nation’s buildings have indoor health conditions that could lead to mucosal irritation, respiratory problems, and even cognitive disruption. A study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) showed 54% of respondents stating they had “high susceptibility” to these conditions; 71% reported losing productivity as a result of poor IAQ. Dr. Spengler also said 6% of Americans report sensitivity to chemicals in the environment.
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Kumkum M. Dilwali, M.S., Senior Scientist at EH&E, successfully completed the U.S. Green Building Council’s comprehensive exam to become a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional. LEED Professional Accreditation distinguishes individuals with detailed knowledge of LEED project certification requirements and processes and a command of integrated design principles. Ms. Dilwali is currently managing the LEED process for a major hospital client in the Northeast.

For additional information on any upcoming event, please send an email request to Kirsten Buchanan
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