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Thursday, July 6, 2006 Issue 13   VOLUME 1 ISSUE 13  
Industry Perspectives
Tips from the Experts
News, Events, Services
Products and Services
Pre-Construction Planning in Healthcare: Keeping Safe and Getting into Compliance
Institute of Medicine Advises Against Reusing N-95 Respirators
Understanding "Substantial Completion"
A Unique Environmental Health and Safety Program Support System for Laboratories
Eye Injury Prevention Month
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Pre-Construction Planning in Healthcare: Keeping Safe and Getting into Compliance
An interview with Dennis Tremblay, C.F.P.S.
by Linda Goodspeed

Any type of construction activity at a hospital or other healthcare institution –- even something as small as painting a wall or changing a light bulb –- can adversely affect patient safety or health. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), as part of its ‘Environment of Care’ (EC) standards, now requires that all construction, renovation, and repairs are evaluated for their potential impact on patient care and safety prior to beginning work. Performing these evaluations, often called “pre-construction risk assessments,” is the responsibility of the healthcare facility.

Understanding "Substantial Completion"
by Michael Della Barba

A recurring challenge the EH&E commissioning team faces on new building projects is that occupancy occurs prior to final building systems completion. Pre-completion occupancy blurs the line between construction contract conformance and ownership, and will potentially put the desired clear line of demarcation between contract completion and building acceptance at risk. Since owners expect commissioning services to provide assurance that a building is delivered and performs as designed (and meets their expectations) when occupied, pre-completion occupancy becomes undesirable from a commissioning perspective.
Tips from the Experts
Institute of Medicine Advises Against Reusing N-95 Respirators
During an influenza pandemic, healthcare workers and patients ideally should not reuse disposable N-95 respirators after their initial use, according to a report issued on April 27, 2006, by the Institute of Medicine.
Eye Injury Prevention Month
July is recognized as Eye Injury Prevention Month by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA offers some quick tips and resources to prevent eye injuries in the workplace.
News, Events, Services

July 25, 2006 - John McCarthy, Sc.D., C.I.H., President of EH&E, will participate in the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) seminar, “Mold and Water Intrusion: Successfully Litigating Mold Claims” in Boston, MA. His presentation is entitled “Mold Exposure Assessment and Health Affects.” For more information, visit the MCLE website.

September 28, 2006 – EH&E’s Jennifer Davis, M.S., Senior Scientist, and Susanne Simon, M.S., Senior Scientist, will participate in a webinar entitled "Avoiding Common (and Costly) Mistakes During EH&S Audits" for Lab Manager Magazine. For more information click here

October 24 – 25, 2006 – EH&E's President, John McCarthy, Sc.D., C.I.H., will participate in the Strategic Lab Management Conference in Chicago, IL. Dr. McCarthy will present “Strategies for Ensuring Safe and Productive Laboratory Environments.” For more information on the conference, click here.

November 30, 2006 - John McCarthy, Sc.D., C.I.H., President of EH&E, will present on “Advances in Environmental Mold Issues” at the Lorman Education Services conference in Boston, MA.

The US Surgeon General released a report on June 27, 2006, on the health effects associated with secondhand smoke entitled "The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke." John McCarthy, Sc.D., C.I.H, President of EH&E, and John Spengler, Ph.D., Principal of EH&E, were contributing authors on the report writing chapters on exposure assessment, aerosol characterization, and building dynamics. For more information on the report, click here.  

EH&E Senior Scientist, Howard Brightman, Sc.D., P.E., was a contributing author to an article entitled "Indicators of Moisture and Ventilation System Contamination in U.S. Office Buildings as Risk Factors for Respiratory and Mucous Membrane Symptoms: Analyses of the EPA BASE Data," which appeared in the May 2006 issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. 

For additional information on any upcoming event, please send an email request to Kirsten Buchanan
New Products and Services
A Unique Environmental Health and Safety Program Support System for Laboratories
by Robert Foster, M.S.

The Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) program for any company housing a laboratory or laboratories is necessarily complex to meet ever-changing compliance requirements, and is becoming more complex every year. The EH&S manager faces a daunting task in keeping up with regulatory changes while simultaneously managing the constant stream of required data and documentation and dealing with day-to-day needs.
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