Impact on areas above, below and adjacent to the work site.
Completion of the ICRA is the responsibility of the BSA Facility Services Department.
Complete the ICRA in any patient area or hallway.
Results of the ICRA determine the safest methods to be used in completing the work.
Working Above the Ceiling
Dust and Debris Containment
Bacteria and other harmful germs travel in dust and can harm patients and hospital staff.
If a job, (regardless of type), includes disturbing existing dust, or creating new dust, containment must be used.
Doors should be closed and sealed with duct tape to prevent the dust and debris from escaping.
If the work area cannot be contained by walls and doors, use a plastic, fire rated barrier and seal all seams with duct tape. Tape up any holes.
If working in high risk area (ICRA 3 or 4) Hepa filter will be needed in the containment area.
Reassess your containment area daily to assure dust is not escaping.
Entry and exit routes must be limited to those openings that result in the least amount of exposure to patients, staff, and visitors. When possible use dedicated doors, elevators, and stairways.
All trash must be completely covered when being removed from the work site. Watch for dust on the wheels of the cart also.
Use the buddy system to clean dirt and debris from clothing to assure no dust is going out with you from the worksite ( a vacuum equipped a hepa filtration system can be used to remove dust from clothing.)
Ventilation and Environmental Control
If mandated by the ICRA, negative air pressure must be maintained in the construction area.
Use of a Hepa Filter System, when possible, will help maintain negative air pressure.
Supply ducts should be blocked off and return air ducts should be covered with pleated air filters.
Exhaust fans may be used in conjunction with a Hepa Filter System and must run continuously.