LeChase unveils training center for healthcare construction best practices

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In what the company says is an industry first, East Coast-based LeChase Construction has opened a training center to teach its workers how to contain dust, contaminants and noise during construction projects in hospitals, research facilities and other critical settings.

Situated at LeChase’s Armonk, New York, office, the Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) Training Center will cover negative air pressure, containment barriers and housekeeping strategies that are designed to help keep patients, staff and administrators safe while renovation projects take place. The first training sessions will begin there this month.

Trainees will learn a variety of best practices, including using temporary hard barriers to contain construction work areas, use of high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters to remove dust and other contaminants and personal protection and cleaning techniques to maximize the effectiveness of the system.

The timing of the training center’s inception during the COVID-19 era makes it even more valuable, Campbell said, since strategies used to reduce spread of the virus are in some ways similar to those for mitigating construction dust and contaminants. Both dust and COVID-19 are transmitted through the air.

“We’re trying to make environments dust free, so if people are affected by COVID, they won’t additionally be impacted by construction dust,” he said.

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