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Training key to improving infection control during healthcare construction and renovation projects

Construction and related manufacturing businesses benefit from safety courses and guidance

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One of the keys to a healthy hospital is keeping the bugs at bay. Viruses, bacteria, and fungi that would give little trouble to a healthy person can be fatal to someone who is already weakened by age, disease, or another condition. Over the past two decades we have learned more and more about the danger of infection from hospital construction, renovation, and maintenance activities, and Canada has led the way in standards to protect patients from these hazards.

Since it was first published in 2003, CSA Z317.13 – Infection Control during Construction, Renovation, and Maintenance of Health Care Facilities has revolutionized work practices in and around health care facilities. As with every Canadian standard, Z317.13 is periodically reviewed and updated, which is especially important in a field evolving as quickly as this one. The standard includes important elements to this field such as:

• A strong and detailed quality management section
• Clear detail on the management of water systems during construction
• A clause to provide for minor short-term work above the ceilings
• Precautions to take when construction is going on in the vicinity of the HCF
• In-depth requirements for new construction, which are keyed to the categories and stages of construction
• Guidance on the sizing of HEPA filtered construction air units (CAHUs)
• Numerous checklists and examples

Of course, having the standard is just one piece of the safety puzzle. Ensuring those involved in the construction and/or renovation of health care facilities can effectively navigate Z317.13 and understand its requirements is the missing piece. This can be accomplished through training based on the standard.Training not only highlights the unique challenges these types of construction and renovation projects present but helps to ensure projects are carried out as efficiently as possible right from the start.

CSA Group offers comprehensive training solutions to help those involved in health care facility construction and renovation projects understand and apply critical safety measures. These courses work together to give a solid foundation of knowledge. Fundamentals of Infection Control during Construction, Renovation and Maintenance of Health Care Facilities provides an introduction to key concepts. Effective Implementation of Infection Control during Construction and Renovation of Health Care Facilities provides deeper-level understanding on steps in implementing an effective program.

“Our aim is to ensure that participants understand the standard before learning how to apply it”, states Ethel Zammit, Product Portfolio Manager for CSA Group’s Health & Safety training courses, “and our faculty are leading experts in the field in Canada bringing years of experience and an incredible depth of knowledge to the classroom setting.”

The courses are currently available for registration on In addition, both courses have been approved for Continuing Education Credits from the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) as part of the Gold Seal Certification program. This program upholds Canadian construction management professionals to expectations and standards of excellence. All Gold Seal certified management professionals have been assessed and meet a Canadian requirement standard of industry knowledge, experience, education and training.

The bottom line in health care facility construction projects is that safety must be first. The intent of the latest edition of Z317.13 is to go a long way to protecting the people who are in our health care buildings for decades to come.

CSA Group is an independent, not-for-profit member-based association dedicated to advancing safety, sustainability and social good. We are an internationally-accredited standards development and testing & certification organization. We also provide consumer product evaluation and education and training services. Our broad range of knowledge and expertise includes: industrial equipment, plumbing and construction, electro-medical and healthcare, appliances and gas, alternative energy, lighting and sustainability. The CSA mark appears on billions of products around the world. For more information about CSA Group visit

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