LeChase Unveils Healthcare Construction Best Practices Training Center

Diving Brief:

  • In what the company says is an industry first, East Coast-based LeChase Construction has opened a training center to teach its workers how to contain dust, contaminants and noise during construction projects. in hospitals, research facilities and other critical environments.
  • Located in Armonk’s office of LeChase, New York, the Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) Training Center will cover negative air pressure, containment barriers and housekeeping strategies designed to help to ensure the safety of patients, staff and administrators during renovation projects. The first training sessions will begin there this month.
  • Interns will learn a variety of best practices, including the use of temporary rigid barriers to contain construction work areas, the use of high efficiency particulate filters (HEPA) to remove dust and other contaminants and personal protection and clean-up techniques to maximize system effectiveness. .

Overview of the dive:

When a hospital or research laboratory undertakes renovations, it is essential that patients and staff are protected from the dust and noise generated by the work. Construction companies must adhere to rigorous standards and methodical procedures to protect patients, healthcare teams and laboratory personnel.

The new from LeChase The training center occupies a 2,000 square foot portion of the company’s warehouse and offers classroom and hands-on instruction.

“We always try to develop best practices by keeping [healthcare] clean environments,” said David Campbell, vice president of LeChase’s Armonk office. “In the past, the facilities themselves were training grounds. When we start a construction project in a hospital or research center, they become excellent training grounds. Now we are trying to remove it from the site and develop best practices for controlling dust and noise in a controlled environment.”

LeChase hired a retired hospital infection control manager as an instructor and to help the company develop a program. Interns will come from the ranks of LeChase employees and some of its contractors. “We have also received interest from some of our clients in the healthcare sector to bring some of their employees [to training sessions] too,” Campbell said.

Stop COVID-19

What was the main challenge in getting the CIFAR training center off the ground? Campbell thinks it was about identifying common practices across the different environments in which the company operates.

“Every client has different needs, every facility is configured differently, every jobsite can be different,” he said. “Finding commonalities between them was one of the main challenges. And finding a really easy way to teach those concepts was a challenge. The instructor was helpful in solving that problem.”

The timing of the training center’s establishment in the age of COVID-19 makes it even more valuable, Campbell said, because the strategies used to reduce the spread of the virus are in some ways similar to those used to mitigate dust and building contaminants. Dust and COVID-19 are transmitted through the air.

“We’re trying to make environments dust-free, so if people are affected by COVID, they won’t be affected by construction dust either,” he said.

Like other construction companies hired to undertake hospital renovation projects, LeChase trains its staff to ensure procedures are regular, repeatable and consistent, he said. Five or ten years later, Campbell wants the education provided in the training center to be an integral part of what the company offers to customers.

“The way we operate will be clean and minimize noise,” he said. “Our operations will reflect this standard. The training center will be a differentiator for us. It will set us apart and make the difference in the companies that customers choose.”

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