Based on research from OSHA and EHS Today these are the top four safety concerns when performing healthcare construction:
Typically, the dangers of construction sites only put workers at risk. However, when the construction site is a hospital, the 24-hour schedule of staff, patients, incoming and outgoing vehicles, operating rooms and other details come into play. By maintaining regular communication between hospital and construction staff, projects can be completed in a timely manner without compromising the safety of all parties involved.
Activity on a construction site is never-ending, and maintaining schedule is normally the priority. But when the construction site is a hospital, patient safety takes precedence over progress. By communicating with hospital staff about infection control, logistics and patient safety, high-quality projects can be finished efficiently and safely.
Concrete trucks, cranes and other construction vehicles are cumbersome but necessary. Workers should ensure that large equipment and vehicles do not interfere with traffic and be mindful that exits and entrances for ambulances cannot be blocked. When parking and spatial needs are communicated in advance to hospital and construction leadership, they can arrange one particular exit for all construction vehicles to smoothly regulate traffic flow.
At times during construction, it becomes necessary to turn off a building’s water supply. However, hospital operations requiring water access cannot stop. Therefore, the general contractor and hospital leadership should coordinate this interruption and schedule to have firemen onsite during that time in case of an emergency.
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