Infection Control in New Healthcare Construction and Renovation

During the construction phase, our consultants work with the construction team to ensure appropriate Infection Coantrol measures are in place. Onsite inspections should occur regularly to address issues that may arise which include but are not limited too:

  • Water damage
  • Proper storage of materials to prevent mould and moisture
  • Protection of the HVAC system during construction
  • Movement of construction traffic flow, materials and workers
  • Impact of disruption of essential services
  • Commissioning
  • Integrity of proper IPAC barriers
  • Appropriate cleaning procedures
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Portia completed her Honours BSc in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Wilfrid Laurier University, and after working for a couple years, she returned to school to study Advanced Biotechnology at Durham College and earned an Ontario College Advanced Diploma. She is currently earning a Masters degree in Infectious Disease at The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in London, England, has completed her Associate of Infection Prevention and Control certification, and is working towards obtaining her CIC designation. Both of these are continuing to expand her knowledge of effective infection control and the ways the principles can be applied to practical measures. Having always had an interest in the science of healthcare, and with previous roles related to safety and quality control, Portia brings experience in leadership, education, and continuous improvement. Portia’s expertise pertains to Dentistry and Oral surgery, and she is a qualified fit tester. She also has experience in health care construction and renovation with knowledge in various design standards including the CSA Infection Control During Construction and Renovation (Z317.13-12) and Canadian Healthcare Facilities (Z8000).