Healthcare Environment Institute (HEI)
Inspiring High Reliability in Healthcare

Lloyd Duplechan
Healthcare facilities make great strides to limit occupational safety and exposure risks. However, solutions that are effective in the delivery of patient care diagnostics and therapeutics can present conditions, substances and practices that are deleterious to healthcare workers. The U.S. Department of Labor, in fact, tags hospitals as one of the most hazardous places to work.

Healthcare Environment Institute (HEI) is determined to change this paradigm.

“We recognize and appreciate that healthcare human resources departments align with the ideals embodied within our company’s mission and portfolio of OSHA-related consultative services,” says Lloyd Duplechan, president.

HEI provides a unique amalgam of expertise and support with the design and management of OSHA compliance programs that address the risk profile of healthcare facilities. It is in lockstep with current OSHA regulatory provisions and directives, as well as related agencies and organizations such as NIOSH, ASHRAE, ANSI, NFPA and CDC. These compliance programs include the development of policies, management plans, risk assessments, facility inspections and reports of deficiencies and staff training.

HEI’s risk-based approach usually begins with a thorough assessment f processes, procedures, chemicals and the conditions of the facility (for example, FMEA). This is the foundation for developing a risk profile that will form the basis for a comprehensive, customized OSHA compliance and injury prevention plan, complete with goals and metrics to monitor performance improvement and risk management.

What augments the benefits that HEI’s risk-based approach offers is its team of specialists. For example, the company has experts for workplace violence prevention and active shooter programs who put special focus on team building, risk assessments, training and exercises. HEI’s chief medical officer specializes in physical and sports medicine, making him an outstanding resource in repetitive motion injuries, ergonomics and musculoskeletal injury prevention.

Another member of HEI’s leadership group has the experience that dates back to the mid 1980s, when he served on a health care system’s regional administrative team to develop comprehensive written programs addressing California’s Senate Bill 198; the state legislation that gave rise to a comprehensive regulatory application of the General Duty Clause.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, HEI’s exemplary team of consultants served in hospital command centers and helped in the design and development of solutions to address mechanical ventilation, pressure relationships for high-risk procedure rooms and atmospheric infection isolation rooms. They also worked on the selection of proper PPE, the development of qualitative respirator fit testing and train-the-trainer programs for respiratory protection plans. The team was instrumental in creating comprehensive, compliant written plans for the control of aerosolized transmissible diseases in accordance with state OSHA regulations and interim guidelines.

HEI’s approach, rooted in thorough assessments and supported by a team of specialized experts, addresses a wide array of safety concerns ranging from workplace violence prevention to infectious disease control. Through its proactive measures and commitment to excellence, the company not only ensures regulatory compliance but fosters environments where healthcare workers can perform their duties safely and effectively.

We recognize and appreciate that healthcare human resources departments align with the ideals embodied within our company’s mission and portfolio of OSHA-related consultative services

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