Construction, renovation, and maintenance of health care facilities bring specific risks associated with potentially fatal infection and illness. Preventing and controlling infection while these activities take place requires the implementation and support of preventive measures intended to protect patients, staff, and visitors from potential harm. The second edition of the standard describes such precautionary and remedial measures that apply to construction, renovation, maintenance, and repair work of health care facilities.
This is the second edition of CSA Z317.13, Infection control during construction, renovation, and maintenance of health care facilities. It supersedes the previous edition, published in 2003 under the title Infection Control during Construction or Renovation of Health Care Facilities. It is part of a series of Standards related to health care facility engineering and sets forth preventive measures intended to protect patients, staff, and visitors from disease transmission and other health problems, such as allergic reactions, that can be produced by the construction, renovation, or maintenance of health care facilities.
This Standard describes precautionary and remedial measures for preventing exposure to agents released or augmented because of actions undertaken during health care facility construction, renovation, maintenance, and repair work.
This Standard is intended to apply to the activities of
(c) commissioning teams;
(d) constructors (as defined in Clause 3);
(e) infection prevention and control personnel;
(f) planning and project managers;
(g) facility managers and maintenance managers;
(h) environmental services staff;
(i) health care staff;
(j) occupational health hygiene professionals; and
(k) operations and maintenance staff involved in any aspect of construction, renovation, or maintenance of health care facilities.
This Standard has been developed for use during the project specification phase of construction, renovation, and maintenance projects and as a guideline for preventing and controlling fungal and bacterial infections during the implementation of such projects.
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