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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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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.

“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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Public Relations contact: Tiziani Whitmyre Inc., http://www.tizinc.com/

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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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Public Relations contact: Tiziani Whitmyre Inc., http://www.tizinc.com/


Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

White Paper Details Infection Control Challenges Hospitals Must Address During Construction

Needham, Massachusetts – January 23, 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 construction, 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 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 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. 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 (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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Public Relations contact: Tiziani Whitmyre Inc., http://www.tizinc.com/


Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Free White Paper Helps Biotech Laboratories Maintain a High Level of Infection Control

Needham, Massachusetts – December 19, 2007 –A free white paper to help biotechnology technicians and environmental health and safety (EH&S) personnel minimize the risk of infection in the laboratory is available for download at: http://www.eheinc.com/biosafety.htm.

Exposure to infectious biological agents presents serious potential health hazards to staff during many routine cell and tissue culture techniques used in biotechnology and pharmaceutical laboratories. This along with the development of new products from cells and tissues can present health risks to laboratory technicians that handle bacteria, viruses, biological organisms, and the like.

“Remaining in compliance with National Institutes of Health (NIH) recombinant DNA guidelines, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s ‘Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories’ (BMBL) guidelines, and the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard is very demanding given the changing R&D efforts seen in many companies,” said Jack McCarthy, President and co-founder of EH&E. “We’ve found the best approach to maintaining compliance and reducing risk is a periodic biosafety review.”

The white paper, titled “Biosafety Review Key to Infection Control” and authored by EH&E, a Needham, Mass.-based environmental engineering and consulting firm, outlines a crucial biosafety review process that has been proven to maintain safety for biotechnology, pharmaceutical and research laboratory professionals.

The paper discusses and provides implementation strategies for the laboratory guidelines from leading government organizations, including:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

To download the free whitepaper, “Biosafety Review Key to Infection Control,” visit http://www.eheinc.com/biosafety.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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Public Relations contact: Tiziani Whitmyre Inc., http://www.tizinc.com/


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