Live on October 8, 2021, 12 pm – 1 pm Eastern
Indoor Air Quality & Pathogen Control - Mitigating Indoor Air Risk in Healthcare Facilities
by Doug Rush, CSP, CIH, CHMM, SMS
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Healthcare facilities are complex structures that encompass a variety of workspaces including sterile and nonsterile environments, laboratories, workshops, patient areas, etc. Without high-quality ventilation in healthcare facilities, patients, healthcare workers, and visitors can become infected through the respiration of particles in the air. Poorly ventilated healthcare facilities are places where the likelihood of pathogenic particles occurring in the air is quite high. This presentation will introduce building readiness information and provide practical information for how your building ventilation systems should be operating to control the transmission of airborne communicable diseases. This presentation introduces how actual conditions in a building may vary and adjustments that should be made based on factors such as local climate, complexity of systems involved, and the use, occupancy, and activities that occur in and around your building.
Practical guidance will be offered for operating your building systems in different modes during epidemic and nonepidemic periods. Useful guidelines will be introduced to include:
• ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170
• ASHRAE HVAC Design Manual for Hospitals and Clinics
This presentation is designed to inform the attendee about recommendations from various building guidelines with a focus on:
• Increased ventilation
• Increased filtration
• Building exhaust air re-entrainment
• Design criteria
• Operations and maintenance
• Risk assessment
• AIA Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospitals and Health Care Facilities
Doug Rush is a hands-on, results driven, Health, Safety, and Environmental (HSE) leader with exceptional business, communication, interpersonal, technical, and organizational skills. He has greater than 30 years of leadership in senior management roles. He has founded and owned three full-service consulting firms, one HazMat response company, and one environmental engineering firm, with staffs of up to 40 full-time professionals.
Significant accomplishments Include:
Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH)
Certified Safety Professional (CSP)
Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM)
Safety Management Specialist (SMS)
Dual bachelor's degrees in Industrial Management and Business Administration
Master's degree in Environmental Studies
USAF Chief Master Sergeant (Superintendent) with over 20 years of experience leading and managing HSE professionals and programs
Comprehensive management of HSE professional services across international borders
His experience spans many industries, including oil and gas; consulting; waste management; ground water remediation; demolition; asbestos abatement; construction; plastics; chemical refining; machining; general manufacturing; healthcare; and the military. His healthcare experience includes management of the HSE environment for the major USAF hospitals and associated clinics, including the largest USAF hospital located in San Antonio, TX. His consulting work includes many of the largest regional healthcare facilities in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
Scopus Consultants specializes in: Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (SMS); Expert Testimony associated with occupational exposures; Process Safety Management (PSM); Forensic Evaluation; Air Monitoring; Asbestos Management; Emergency/Disaster Response; HSE Policies and Programs; Risk Management; Fire; Regulator Interface; and IAQ-Biological, Mold, and Legionella.
Requirements for Completion
Successful completion of this activity includes submitting an accurate registration, making necessary payment, and reviewing all activity slides and the webinar presentation. Completion of the evaluation form is required.
Type of Activity
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Commercial or Sponsor Support: N/A
CE Contact Hours: This activity awards 1 contact hour.
The Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education (CNE) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation.
ANCC Provider Number P0341
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