One of the major causes of secondary infections is cross-contamination, which can occur during hospital remodels. Construction activity can release agents that may be trapped behind ceilings and walls, and under floors. If not handled properly, these infectious agents are transferred through HVAC systems, drafts, feet tracking, etc. to other areas of the hospital occupied by patients with compromised immune systems who are more likely to be susceptible to secondary infections. As a result, hospitals are now looking for contractors who have been trained to handle these situations during construction.
The ASSE 12000 Series is a standard that sets minimum criteria for the training and certification of pipe trades craftspeople, and other construction and maintenance personnel on how to become proficient in identifying and managing potential situations where they may be exposed to pathogens, diseases and hazards. Every individual who carries the ASSE 12000 certification has successfully completed OSHA 10 or OSHA 30, and has passed exams covering standards ASSE 12010, 12030, and 12040.
Ahern has over 10 employees who are ASSE 12000 Series certified with six of our Northwest region employees recently having completed certification: Shaun Messer, Jordan Bauer, Dan Scholler, Ryan Plaski, Ron Start, and Jamie Fort.
The benefit to partnering with an ASSE certified contractor is knowing you are working with qualified individuals who can identify and manage potential hazardous situations, therefore protecting themselves and those around them.
Contact an Ahern representative for more information.