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On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, the Master Builders’ Association Young Contractors (MBA YC) held their second annual hands-on education program, the Healthcare Construction Best Practices Competition, at the Carpenter’s Training Center. Our very own Jennifer Landau is chairperson of the YC and the first female to hold an elected MBA committee position. The hands-on educational program is one of five yearly programs hosted by the MBA YC. The event was such a great success last year and healthcare construction is such a huge part of our local industry,it was decided to make this an annual program.
Healthcare Construction Best Practices focuses on Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA), which is a system of practiced controls to minimize risk for patients and employees to be exposed to potentially dangerous infections. Due to the fact that hospital patients are especially susceptible because of compromised immune systems, our industry has a responsibility to minimize the migration of any construction dust and debris that could harm anyone in the hospital.
The program included a brief presentation followed by a hands-on activity, where participants had to actually install ICRA measures. Participants were divided into teams of five by company. Landau’s team consisted of Andrew Marsic, Chet Beres, Chris Priest, Doug Brenneman, and Jamie Maloney. For the competition, each group set up a plastic barricade with a zippered entrance, topped off a wall and sealed all penetrations within that wall, and hooked up a negative air machine. Performances were scored by quality of work, proper installation, and how well the negative air held in the space. Though Landau did not win the challenge, we developed a greater appreciation for the time and effort our field personnel exert every day when installing ICRA in hospital environments. Check out more pictures from the event here: http://bit.ly/1ug6YRo