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Tip of the week: Stay up to date with TJC during construction

Hospital Safety Insider, September 1, 2011

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Ed Lydon, CHFM, director of the support services department at Northeast Health Systems in Beverly, MA, advises hospital facility managers and safety ­officers to check The Joint Commission's FAQs, which are posted on its website at www.jointcommission.org.

For instance, The Joint Commission has posted an FAQ on temporary construction barriers. The FAQ says ­plastic sheet barriers of a limited combustible type (rated ­material) are "tolerated" for short-term use if the project does not include any high-risk construction activities, such as torch cutting, welding, burning, or open flame.

Hospitals that use plastic sheeting as a barrier and leave it in place for many months during construction may receive a Requirement for Improvement (RFI) if this practice is found unacceptable by The Joint Commission, Lydon says.

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