Infection Control Risk Assessment

The infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) should be conducted before the design begins, prior to construction and again when the projected is commissioned. The ICRA should inform:

  • Building design features
  • Location of segregated treatments areas and requirements for negatively pressured spaces
  • Air handling and ventilation needs
  • Water systems and requirements to decrease or prevent water-bourne pathogens
  • Locations for soiled areas, clean utility and storage areas
  • Requirements for sterilization and reprocessing areas
  • Locations of known hazards
  • Continuous monitoring of infection prevention and control measures
  • Emergency requirements (eye wash stations, decontamination shower, etc)
  • Locations and design of sinks, food preparation areas and exam spaces
  • Requirements for public spaces
  • Finishes, furnishings and surfaces

It is of the utmost importance that the ICRA is incorporated into the specifications of planning and design.

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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).