A thorough infection control system helps mitigate risks associated with potentially fatal infection and illness during the construction, renovation, and maintenance of health care facilities, including disease transmission and allergic reactions. As part of a comprehensive series of standards, this third edition of CSA Z317.13 - Infection Control during Construction, Renovation, and Maintenance of Health Care Facilities incorporates current and relevant information and helps establish critical procedures that contribute to protecting patients, staff and visitors.
(a) Expanded section on quality management
(b) More detail on the management of water systems during construction
(c) New clause to provide for minor short-term work above the ceilings
(d) New section on precautions to take when construction is going on in the vicinity of the health care facilities
(e) In-depth requirements for new construction, which are keyed to the categories and stages of construction
(f) Guidance on the sizing of HEPA filtered construction air units (CAHUs)
(g) New checklists and examples
This is the third edition of CSA Z317.13, Infection control during construction, renovation, and maintenance of health care facilities. It supersedes the previous editions, published in 2007 under the same title, and 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 specifies precautionary and remedial measures, including quality system requirements, 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 the following individuals or groups in relation to any aspect of construction, renovation, maintenance, or repair of health care facilities:
a) commissioning teams;
c) infection prevention and control personnel;
d) architects, engineers, and other design and construction consultants;
e) planning and project managers;
f) facility managers and maintenance managers;
g) environmental services staff;
h) health care staff;
i) occupational health and safety professionals; and
j) operation and maintenance staff.
This Standard has been developed for use during the project specification phase of construction, renovation, and maintenance and repair projects, and as a guideline for preventing and controlling fungal and bacterial infections during the implementation of such projects.
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