Environmental Monitoring for Healthcare Facilities

Maintain the health of your employees with environmental monitoring for your facility

In today’s high-tech, high-pressure healthcare environment, employees and patients can be exposed to many different chemicals. While patients typically experience remedial effects of these chemicals, prolonged exposure to staff can become a problem.

OSHA, CMS, TJC, DNV, CAP and others have set standards for the presence, duration and frequency of chemical exposure monitoring in order to maintain the health of your clinicians.  Potential employee exposure to formaldehyde, xylene, glutaraldehyde, acetic acid, hydrogen peroxide, anesthetic gases and more is possible during a typical work day.

CHT’s environmental monitoring program provides employee exposure monitoring to a wide variety of chemicals that employees and patients may be exposed to throughout the course of a workday.  Utilizing active and passive dosimetry (badge monitoring), CHT technicians can administer a testing protocol to ensure employee safety and provide compliance with TJC EC.02.02.01, EP’s 9 & 10, among others.

CHT provides you assurance that your staff and treatment areas are functioning in a safe and optimum manner by:

  • Testing short term exposure levels (STEL) with on-site testing capabilities 
  • Monitoring long term exposures (TWA) with results traceable to standards
  • Documenting room air exchange rates and room pressure relationship requirements
  • Monitoring exposure levels of hazardous gases in surgical suites, laboratories and patient treatment areas

Regular monitoring is critical. Seasonal changes with changes in weather and fluctuating temperatures alter environmental control system settings. This can have consequences on the energy efficiency of your facility’s systems, as well as their safe operation.

Air Exchange and Room Pressure Evaluations

Maintain the health of your employees with consistent environmental monitoring that measures and documents room pressures, air exchanges and long term exposure to chemical hazards.

A poorly maintained air handling system can be costly and potentially dangerous:

  • Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI’s): According to a recent Joint Commission presentation, there are approximately 700,000 HAI cases per year, resulting in approximately 60,000 deaths per year. That is the equivalent of a 747-400 crashing every 2 ½ days.
  • The Joint Commission EC.02.05.01 (OR & SPD Room Pressure Evaluations) are the #2 TJC cited issue in 2017 and YTD 2018
  • CHT can provide cost-effective room pressure monitoring & air exchange evaluations
  • Ensure compliance with applicable FGI Guidelines
  • Provide a safe environment for your patients to heal and receive care
CHT monitoring closes the loop for employee wellness, assuring your staff that they are protected, as well as limiting any complaints about working conditions or liability.

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