Infection control during construction, renovation, and 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:
infection prevention and control personnel;
architects, engineers, and other design and construction consultants;
planning and project managers;
facility managers and maintenance managers;
environmental services staff;
health care staff;
occupational health and safety professionals; and
operation and maintenance staff.
This Standard applies to all types of health care facility construction projects, no matter what construction delivery method is used (e.g., stipulated sum, public-private partnership).
This Standard has been developed for use during the project specification phase of construction, renovation, and maintenance and repair projects, and to assist in preventing and controlling fungal and bacterial infections during the implementation of such projects.
In this Standard, “shall” is used to express a requirement, i.e., a provision that the user is obliged to satisfy in order to comply with the Standard; “should” is used to express a recommendation or that which is advised but not required; and “may” is used to express an option or that which is permissible within the limits of the Standard.
Notes accompanying clauses do not include requirements or alternative requirements; the purpose of a note accompanying a clause is to separate from the text explanatory or informative material.
Notes to tables and figures are considered part of the table or figure and may be written as requirements.
Annexes are designated normative (mandatory) or informative (non-mandatory) to define their application.