Awareness Workshop Objectives

Safety of patients and staff is our #1 concern.

Upon successful completion of this workshop, the participant should be able to:

1. Describe why healthcare facilities are unique work environments and why extra precautions must be taken while working in them.

2. Explain the functions and responsibilities of the ICRA team and how the ICRA form is used to determine a work area classification.

3. Explain the differences between positive, equal, and negative air pressure and how air pressure affects contaminants.

4. Recognize how airborne contaminants are isolated and controlled.

5. Describe the work practice procedures used in a healthcare facility.

6. Identify the agencies and organizations that oversee healthcare facilities.

7. Identify the different types of barriers and the purpose of each.

8. Describe the four methods used for mold remediation and a list of PPE and work practices needed for mold remediation in a healthcare facility.

Bloodborne Pathogens, Fifth Edition

Bloodborne Pathogens, Fifth Edition is the center of an integrated teaching and learning system that includes technology resources to help support instructors and students. This program is designed to meet OSHA training requirements and was created for students and employees who have the potential for occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infection materials. This text includes:

  • Current information consistent with OSHA compliance
  • Skill drills: Offer step-by-step explanations and visual summaries of important skills
  • Complete OSHA documentation on bloodborne pathogens
  • Detailed information on strategies to prevent or reduce exposure to bloodborne pathogens
  • Guidance on setting up an exposure control plan.

Soft Wall System

A quick way to safely contain an entire work area is with a soft wall system. This is a temporary enclosure with walls constructed of polyethylene sheeting that is fire resistant. In a healthcare facility, a soft wall system creates a barrier that protects patients from construction hazards and containments.

It is used to create a negative air pressure environment on short-term projects. The Carpenters have the expertise to build these barriers in different configurations to minimize cross contamination while keeping patients safe without disturbing the hospitals daily activities.

Barrier Removal Training Example (Class IV Project)

  • Remove barrier materials carefully to minimize spreading dirt and debris from construction.
  • Contain construction waste in tightly covered containers before transport.
  • Cover transport receptacles or carts.
  • Vacuum work area with HEPA-filtered vacuum.
  • Wet mop area with disinfectant.
  • Upon completion, coordinate with healthcare facilitators on the restoration of HVAC, plumbing, and negative air systems.

To register for an ICRA Awareness class, click here.