When you are working to ensure the most effective dust containment in your next project, you will want to consult a variety of resources that offer insight into methods as well as regulations. The following dust containment resources should help you to plan the best containment strategy for your particular project or facility.
There is perhaps no better resource for healthcare related infection control measures than the Centers for Disease Control. This particular page from the CDC provides guidelines put together in conjunction with the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee and is an exhaustive accounting of the best possible infection control measures, including extensive reference to dust containment.
The World Health Organization (WHO) put together a free resource entitled Hazard Prevention and Control in the Work Environment. Chapter 7 speaks specifically to the Control of Dust Transmission and is certainly worth a look, despite the fact that it is not specific to hospital or healthcare scenarios.
While not directly related to the healthcare field, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) put together this comprehensive guide to hazardous dust control in the mining industry. this resource can be an interesting primer for those that want to explore the world of dust containment from a different perspective.
The California Department of Industrial Relations offers a thorough accounting of the different types of airborne hazards that could occur at any construction site. Although many of these will not apply in healthcare or clean-room settings, it could be worth studying as a contractor or facilities manager who hires construction teams.
A class in infection control can be a good idea for contractors and facilities managers if it is possible. Review these slides from a course taught by Hospital Environmental Specialist Andrew Streifel for an idea of what that type of class might be like as well as some specific infection control practices.
The Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council put together this report on infection prevention and control, which includes many different facility measures including dust containment. It is worth noting that this guide refers to the Facility Guidelines Institute, which publishes construction guidelines and regulations that are available for purchase on their website. The free resource from MCHC is a great starting point.
The Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (also known as the Joint Commission) offers a full exploration of their recommended infection prevention and control guidelines. Unlike the other resources provided here, this one must be purchased but is worth the investment for those who are serious about maintaining high facility standards.
Dust containment is a critical issue in many different environments. By familiarizing yourself with the rules, regulations, and best practices, you can ensure the safety of your employees, high risk patients, and your business.
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