LeChase Opens New Center to Train Workers in Cutting-Edge Systems to Contain Noise and Dust During Hospital and Laboratory Construction Projects

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David Campbell

ARMONK, N.Y.– LeChase Construction Services today opened a new training center that will be used to teach best practices for containing noise, dust and contaminants during construction projects in hospitals, pharmaceutical research companies and other critical facilities. The mix of classroom and hands-on training in containment barriers, negative air pressure, HEPA filtration and good housekeeping techniques will reduce the risk of cross contamination and provide a safe environment for patients, staff and others while nearby renovations occur.

Located at LeChase’s New York Metro office in Armonk, the new infection control risk assessment (ICRA) training center is believed to be one of the first in the country developed by a private company. It will be used as a resource organization-wide to ensure the firm’s employees and subcontractors stay at the forefront of the emerging and established health and safety protocols.

“As LeChase continues to grow its client base in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, this new ICRA training center will provide a critical skill for LeChase employees and for our subcontractors,” said David Campbell, LeChase vice president. Campbell made his remarks during an event introducing the center to customers, the media and other stakeholders. “With our center, we will train workers to properly use the systems and exercise the care needed to ensure our work does not disturb hospital patients and visitors, and researchers at pharmaceutical companies.”

At the ICRA training center, workers will learn to use temporary hard barriers to contain construction work areas; high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters to remove dust and other contaminants; and techniques for personal protection and cleaning. The barrier walls, made of plastic and aluminum and filled with insulation, reduce sounds by 50%, enough to deaden loud, sharp sounds. The HEPA filtration removes a very high percentage of particulates and creates negative air pressure that draws air into the enclosed construction area, rather than allowing dust-laden air to escape into the occupied areas of the hospital or laboratory.

Trainees will also learn procedures to maximize the effectiveness of the system, including cleaning themselves of dust with HEPA-filtered vacuums before leaving the enclosed construction area, and using sticky mats inside the space to remove and safely secure dust and particulate matter from boots. In addition, training will cover use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and proper housekeeping in this specialized environment.

LeChase, a leading national firm specializing in healthcare, life sciences, education and commercial construction, was among the first firms in Westchester County to invest in the technology and offer it to customers seeking superior infection control, enhanced safety and noise reduction during construction.

“LeChase has already applied this system and technique successfully on important projects at several healthcare centers,” Campbell said. “Our core value is to do the right thing; this fuels our passion to create safe work environments and to deliver excellence for our clients.”