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Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA)

Contractors and workers that perform healthcare or other occupied facility and renovation construction need to understand the Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) procedures to properly perform this work.  CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training’s 8-hour ICRA Awareness training program provides the necessary information to understand and apply the ICRA procedures and examines the practical use of ICRA tools including containment, negative air, HEPA filtration, and work practice techniques. The training program uses a variety of adult education classroom activities to build upon participants’ experiences working in construction, maintenance, renovation, demolition, or healthcare facility environments.

By the end of the training program, participants will be able to:

  • Define ICRA and explain why it is used.
  • Describe how healthcare construction worksites differ from regular construction worksites.
  • Explain the importance of following work place rules and using designated areas for breaks, as defined by the ICRA.
  • Define Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI) and describe the Chain of Infection.
  • Identify common pathogens found in a healthcare setting and describe how they are transmitted.
  • Identify unique hazards specific to healthcare construction, including hospital utility systems and medical gas lines, and methods to avoid them.
  • Describe the steps used in the creation of an Infection Control Risk Assessment Plan.
  • Specify the specific infection control precautions used for the four classes of ICRA construction.
  • Identify different types of barriers used and guidelines for choosing them.
  • Describe the procedure for entering/exiting through an anteroom.
  • List the two main functions of a negative air machine in an ICRA work environment.
  • Describe appropriate methods for transporting trash, tools and materials from the workspace.
  • Identify potential hazards to workers in a healthcare setting.
  • Define life safety system and explain the use of Interim Life Safety Measures in a healthcare worksite. 

The training program consists of the following 10 sections:

  1. Introduction
  2. What is ICRA
  3. Differences between hospital construction and regular construction
  4. Hazards Unique to Healthcare Construction
  5. Hospital Acquired Infections
  6. Developing the ICRA plan
  7. ICRA Construction Practices
    • Barriers
    • Negative Air Pressure
    • Housekeeping

8. Potential Hazards to Workers
9. Interim Life Safety Measures
10. Posting Signs

To view the webinar on ICRA click here.  For more information please contact Gary Gustafson, Director of Environmental Hazards Training, ggustafson@cpwr.com.