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Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Web-based Audio Interviews Keep Environment of Care Managers Up-to-Date on Key EC Compliance Issues

Needham, Massachusetts – February 24, 2009Environment of Care managers can now quickly and easily access practical tips to better achieve and maintain their organization’s environment of care (EC) compliance with the launch of a new series of brief, web-based audio interviews with EC experts called “EC Bits.”

EC Bits audio interviews, free to play or download at http://www.eheinc.com/ec_bits.htm feature expert advice to help keep EC managers up-to-date on key EC issues and with achieving and managing environment of care compliance.

“EC Bits are presented in a format that is very accessible to today’s on-the-go healthcare management professionals,” said Kevin Coghlan, M.S., C.I.H., EC Bits host, and EH&E’s Director of EH&S Compliance and Strategic Support.

Each interview is approximately 8 to 10 minutes in length and is free to play or download at http://www.eheinc.com/ec_bits.htm.

Topics are updated regularly. Current interviews include “Common Pitfalls of Implementing the 2009 EM Standards: The 96 Hour Rule,” “The Joint Commissions’ 2008/2009 Updates to the Environment of Care Standards,” and “Managing Infection Control in Healthcare During Construction.”

EC Bits is presented by Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc. (EH&E, http://www.blogger.com/www.eheinc.com), a consulting firm with more than 20 years of healthcare regulatory compliance experience. Access EC Bits on the Web at http://www.eheinc.com/ec_bits.htm

About EH&E
EH&E (http://www.blogger.com/www.eheinc.com) has provided an extensive range of environmental and engineering consulting services for 20 years. Our team consists of more than 60 experts with an outstanding record of providing business-focused solutions for issues that affect the built environment. EH&E has a depth of knowledge and credibility unmatched in the industry and our wealth of readily-accessible information has become a powerful resource for our clients.

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Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

White Paper Details Infection Control Challenges Hospitals Must Address During Construction Projects

Needham, Massachusetts – November 18, 2008 – Hospitals and healthcare institutions are challenged to devise policies and procedures that allow construction projects to take place while maintaining Environment of Care (EC) standards. A free white paper that addresses these challenges is available for download at: www.eheinc.com/infectioncontrol.htm.

The white paper, titled “Infection Control in the Healthcare Environment During Construction,” details the process required to establish hospital compliance with The Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO) while maintaining a high level of patient care services and critical institution functions.

The white paper will discuss the steps involved in ensuring infection control during hospital construction projects, including how to:

  • Create a construction oversight panel
  • Select which departments and personnel should be on the panel
  • Incorporate Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) elements into construction documents
  • Establish clear-cut project phases.

Authored by Dennis Tremblay, CFPS, a Senior Scientist at EH&E (http://www.eheinc.com/), a Needham, Mass.-based environmental, health, safety, and engineering consulting firm, the white paper is based on the experiences of EH&E personnel while working with leading hospitals and healthcare institutions nationwide.

This white paper reviews the applicable Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO) standards and American Institute of Architects (AIA) guidelines, and describes a field-tested, successful solution for maintaining Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) documentation. The paper will be interesting and informative to all those responsible for maintaining environmental health and safety compliance in hospitals and healthcare facilities.

To download the free white paper, “Infection Control in the Healthcare Environment During Construction,” visit http://www.eheinc.com/infectioncontrol.htm.

EH&E (http://www.eheinc.com/) has provided an extensive range of environmental and engineering consulting services for 20 years. The EH&E team consists of more than 60 experts with an outstanding record of providing business-focused solutions for issues that affect the built environment. EH&E has a depth of knowledge and credibility unmatched in the industry and our wealth of readily-accessible information has become a powerful resource for our clients. EH&E’s new series of EH&E web compliance solutions (http://www.eheinc.com/ehe_web_solutions.htm) is just the latest example of our continuing effort to provide this knowledge and information to a wider range of companies.

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Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

New Environment of Care Support Solutions Target At-Risk Areas

Two of the most common at-risk areas EH&E encounters within the Environment of Care surround the implementation and documentation of follow-up activities for Hazard Surveillance rounds, and management of the required pre-construction infection control risk assessment process. EH&E has created two new application-specific support solutions that target these at-risk areas using data collection and reporting tools that help hospitals maintain continuous compliance. Both solutions are customizable to meet each hospital’s needs and come with our unique expert support system.

The Facilities Safety Management solution contains a complete Pre-Construction IC Risk Assessment program that automates the demanding process requirement of The Joint Commission. The Safety and Hazardous Materials Management solution automates the data collection and reporting requirements for Hazard Surveillance Rounds, along with chemical and hazardous drug inventories.

Find out more about both these new affordable solutions by visiting http://www.eheinc.com/solutions_healthcare.htm.

Continuous compliance does not have to put you at risk.

About EH&E
EH&E (http://www.eheinc.com/) has provided an extensive range of environmental and engineering consulting services for 20 years. Our team consists of more than 60 experts with an outstanding record of providing business-focused solutions for issues that affect the built environment. EH&E has a depth of knowledge and credibility unmatched in the industry and our wealth of readily-accessible information has become a powerful resource for our clients.

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Friday, June 20th, 2008

EH&E Launches Interactive Discussion Forum for Healthcare Environment of Care Professionals

Needham, Mass. – June 20, 2008 – EH&E, an environmental and engineering consulting firm for the healthcare industry, has launched “EHEConnect” – an interactive discussion forum dedicated to Environment of Care (EC) professionals – at www.eheconnect.com.

“The forum will act as a central resource for the exchange of ideas and issues central to the mounting, and increasingly complex, responsibilities of those accountable for a healthcare organization’s Environment of Care,” said Kevin Coghlan, M.S., C.I.H, Director of EH&S Compliance & Strategic Support at EH&E. “Our goal is to create a virtual community where EC professionals and others involved in EC issues can login and network with their peers around the country.”

“EHEConnect offers an informal way for EC professionals to exchange ideas, experiences and their solutions to challenges in the EC as well as keep up with The Joint Commission accreditation requirements,” said Coghlan.

EH&E’s team of EC consultants monitor and participate in forum discussions, adding their own professional insights and expertise to the dialogue.

Current topics being discussed include: life safety code documentation; new hospital EtO sterilizer regulations take effect December 2008; OSHA recommendations regarding protection of hospital security personnel in emergences; personal protective equipment for pandemic influenza; extreme temperature policies, interpretation of governing standards for showers and eyewashes.

To learn more and to join EHEConnect, go to: http://www.eheinc.com/forum.htm

EH&E offers a host of customizable services to assist hospitals with a variety of needs including: working to help create a healthy and safe work environment, reducing occupational illness and injury, minimizing workers’ compensation claims, increasing worker morale and productivity, reducing liability, costly litigation and unfavorable publicity, and helping to avoid OSHA fines and other expensive penalties.

About EH&E
EH&E (www.eheinc.com) has provided an extensive range of environmental and engineering consulting services for 20 years. Our team consists of more than 60 experts with an outstanding record of providing business-focused solutions for issues that affect the built environment. EH&E has a depth of knowledge and credibility unmatched in the industry and our wealth of readily-accessible information has become a powerful resource for our clients.

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

White Paper Helps Hospitals Prepare Staff for Joint Commission Environment of Care Interview Sessions

NEEDHAM, MASSACHUSETTS – June 10, 2008 – Preparing for The Joint Commission survey process within the Environment of Care (EC) is challenging because virtually all internal services used to support patient care, including all areas of the EC, may be audited. As a result, a healthcare institution must be prepared for the survey interview session to proceed in almost any direction and to involve any staff member. EH&E has found that practice interview sessions, if done properly, can dramatically improve the performance of hospital staff in actual Joint Commission surveys.

The white paper titled, Using Practice Interview Sessions to Strengthen Your Survey Preparedness Within the Environment of Care,” provides an overview of the practice interview technique and discusses “best practices” for conducting practice interview sessions, including how to:

  • Select survey topics that are most relevant to your institution.
  • Determine the right composition of staff members.
  • Create the proper ground rules.
  • Design questions that get to the important issues quickly.

Authored by Nanette E. Moss, M.S., C.I.H., Associate Director of EH&S Compliance and Strategic Support at EH&E (http://www.eheinc.com/), a Needham, Mass.-based environmental, health, safety, and engineering consulting firm, the white paper is based on the experiences of EH&E personnel working with leading healthcare institutions nationwide.

This white paper will be applicable to EH&S managers, facilities managers, Infection Control managers, pharmacy directors, and anyone responsible for maintaining Environment of Care compliance at a hospital or other type of Joint Commission accredited healthcare institution.

To download the free white paper, “Using Practice Interview Sessions to Strengthen Your Survey Preparedness Within the Environment of Care,” visit: http://www.eheinc.com/practicetracer.htm or call 1-800-825-5343.

About EH&E
EH&E (http://www.eheinc.com/) has provided an extensive range of environmental and engineering consulting services for 20 years. Our team consists of more than 60 experts with an outstanding record of providing business-focused solutions for issues that affect the built environment. EH&E has a depth of knowledge and credibility unmatched in the industry and our wealth of readily-accessible information has become a powerful resource for our clients.

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Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

EPA Focus on Hazardous Pharmaceutical Waste: White Paper Helps Hospitals Avoid Fines

NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS – December 5, 2007 – A new, free white paper, titled “Managing Pharmaceutical Hazardous Waste in the Hospital,” is now available for download at: www.eheinc.com/hazpharmawaste.htm.

In recent months, federal U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state Departments of Environmental Protection (DEP) have begun inspecting and citing hospitals for improper disposal of pharmaceutical hazardous waste. Pharmaceuticals are sometimes overlooked as a source of hazardous waste in hospital pharmacies and patient care areas and may be improperly combined with biohazardous medical waste.

“The misclassification and improper disposal of pharmaceuticals can lead to the hospital being issued a significant citation or fine,” said Jack McCarthy, President and co-founder of EH&E (http://www.eheinc.com), a Newton, Mass.-based environmental engineering and consulting firm. “To avoid this, a comprehensive program must be in place and procedures adhered to by hospital personnel.”

The white paper outlines six essential components for developing an effective and compliant Hazardous Waste Drug Program, and provides insight into practical implementation strategies. The steps include:

  1. Develop Working Group
  2. Classify Formulary
  3. Prepare Written Plan
  4. Coordinate Implementation Logistics
  5. Conduct Training
  6. Monitor Process

This white paper will be applicable to those that work with and dispose of hazardous pharmaceuticals in hospitals, to environmental health & safety managers, and to compliance directors, medical staff, and pharmacy technicians.

To download the free white paper, “Managing Pharmaceutical Hazardous Waste in the Hospital,” visit: www.eheinc.com/hazpharmawaste.htm or call 1-800-825-5343.

About EH&E
EH&E (http://www.eheinc.com) has provided an extensive range of environmental and engineering consulting services for 20 years. Our team consists of more than 60 experts with an outstanding record of providing business-focused solutions for issues that affect the built environment. EH&E has a depth of knowledge and credibility unmatched in the industry and our wealth of readily-accessible information has become a powerful resource for our clients. Our new series of EH&E web compliance solutions is just the latest example of our continuing effort to provide this knowledge and information to a wider range of companies.

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Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

Free White Paper Details Hospital Strategies for Meeting Joint Commission Compliance Requirements in the Environment of Care

NEWTON, MASS. – November 14, 2007 – A free white paper is now available to help hospitals prepare for new Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO) accreditation requirements and unannounced surveys at: http://www.eheinc.com/jcaho.htm.

Titled “Continuous Joint Commission Compliance: Responding to the 2006 Unannounced Survey Policy within the Environment of Care” and authored by EH&E, a Newton, Mass. based environmental engineering and consulting firm, the white paper reviews the common barriers to continuous compliance that EH&E staff encountered at several hospitals and the innovative solutions implemented to address them.

“Hospitals are well aware of the high level of activity on all fronts that precedes a scheduled Joint Commission audit. With the advent of unannounced surveys, activities such as facility inspections, document reviews, and educational programs now have to be repeated often,” said Jack McCarthy, President and co-founder of EH&E. “Healthcare organizations nationwide are trying to cope with implementing these resource-intensive preparations on an ongoing basis without potentially compromising patient care.”

Drawing on the direct experience of EH&E personnel managing the Environment of Care program at several large healthcare institutions, this white paper offers insight into common areas of vulnerability and offers practical ideas for cost-effective solutions. The paper will be interesting and informative to all those faced with meeting the latest challenge of unannounced surveys, including hospital administrators, safety officers, and laboratory personnel.

For more information on how to address continuous compliance requirements, download the free white paper at: http://www.eheinc.com/jcaho.htm or contact EH&E directly at 1-800-825-5343.

About EH&E
EH&E (http://www.eheinc.com/) has provided an extensive range of environmental and engineering consulting services for over 18 years. Our team consists of more than 60 experts with an outstanding record of providing business-focused solutions for issues that affect the built environment. EH&E has a depth of knowledge and credibility unmatched in the industry and our wealth of readily-accessible information has become a powerful resource for our clients. Our new series of EH&E web compliance solutions is just the latest example of our continuing effort to provide this knowledge and information to a wider range of companies.

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Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

New, Free White Paper Helps Hospitals Prepare for Unannounced Joint Commission Audits

NEWTON, MASS. – June 19, 2007 – A new, free white paper is available to help hospitals prepare for unannounced Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO) audits of Environment of Care (EC) programs. The white paper details how Cape Cod Hospital (CCH) officials achieved compliance in anticipation of future audits.

Download the free white paper, “Cape Cod Hospital’s Transition to Continuous Compliance Status within the Environment of Care,” at www.eheinc.com/cchcasestudy.htm.

In an effort to encourage hospitals to maintain a state of continuous compliance, the Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO) last year announced a new policy of conducting unannounced surveys. The policy encourages institutions to strengthen and maintain their EC programs in a constant state of readiness. To comply, facilities are finding that a higher level of coordination is needed among all EC departments to ensure that all the necessary data collection and reporting deadlines are met.

In the white paper CCH officials, including the Manager of Communications & Emergency Management and the Senior Director of Ancillary Operations and Safety, share details of the new systems and processes developed by CCH during its EC program upgrade.

The CCH officials also describe the implementation of EH&E’s web-based EC regulatory compliance solution, eH&E-Healthcare, as a means of providing centralized access to documents and data, as a source of policy and plan templates, databases and reporting tools – as well as direct contact with EH&E’s EC consultants.

Download the free white paper, “Cape Cod Hospital’s Transition to Continuous Compliance Status within the Environment of Care,” at www.eheinc.com/cchcasestudy.htm.

Or, for more information about EH&E, or their compliance programs, visit http://www.eheinc.com/solutions_healthcare.htm or call 1-800-825-5343.

About EH&E
EH&E (http://www.eheinc.com/) has provided an extensive range of environmental and engineering consulting services for over 18 years. Our team consists of more than 60 experts with an outstanding record of providing business-focused solutions for issues that affect the built environment. EH&E has a depth of knowledge and credibility unmatched in the industry and our wealth of readily-accessible information has become a powerful resource for our clients. Our new series of EH&E web compliance solutions is just the latest example of our continuing effort to provide this knowledge and information to a wider range of companies.

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Monday, March 12th, 2007

New, Free White Paper Details Hospital Strategies for Meeting JCAHO Continuous Compliance Requirements

NEWTON, MASS. – January 30, 2007 – A new, free white paper entitled “Continuous JCAHO Compliance: Responding to the 2006 Unannounced Survey Policy within the Environment of Care” is available to help hospitals prepare for new accreditation requirements and unannounced surveys.

Drawing on studies and the direct experience of EH&E personnel managing the Environment of Care program at several large healthcare institutions, this white paper offers insight into common areas of vulnerability and offers ideas for cost-effective solutions.

Written by EH&E, a leading provider of health & safety and engineering consulting services, the white paper is available for download at: http://www.eheinc.com/jcaho.htm.

“Hospitals are well aware of the high level of activity on all fronts that precedes a scheduled JCAHO audit. With the advent of unannounced surveys, activities such as facilities inspections, document reviews, and educational programs now have to be repeated often. Healthcare organizations are trying to cope with implementing these resource-intensive preparations on an ongoing basis without potentially compromising patient care,” said Jack McCarthy, President and co-founder of EH&E.

This white paper reviews the common barriers to continuous compliance EH&E found at several hospitals and the solutions that were implemented to address them. The paper will be interesting and informative to all hospitals faced with meeting the latest challenge of unannounced surveys.

To download the free white paper or for more information, visit http://www.eheinc.com/jcaho.htm.

To learn more about how to prepare a healthcare facility for an audit, attend the free EH&E webinar titled “Meeting Continuous Compliance Requirements Within the Environment of Care – A New Support System.” The free webinar is March 14, 2007, at 1:00 p.m. EST, to register visit: www.eheinc.com/news_workshops/jcahowebinar.htm.

About EH&E
EH&E (http://www.eheinc.com) has provided an extensive range of environmental and engineering consulting services for over 18 years. Our team consists of more than 60 experts with an outstanding record of providing business-focused solutions for issues that affect the built environment. EH&E has a depth of knowledge and credibility unmatched in the industry and our wealth of readily-accessible information has become a powerful resource for our clients. Our new series of EH&E web compliance solutions is just the latest example of our continuing effort to provide this knowledge and information to a wider range of companies.

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