Environment of Care


The Joint Commission’s Environment of Care (EC) standards require organizations to develop management plans in six functional areas*:

  1. Safety
  2. Security
  3. Hazardous Materials and Waste
  4. Fire safety
  5. Medical equipment
  6. Utilities

* An organization is also required to have a written Emergency Operations Plan and a current Statement of Conditions, but these have different parameters than management plans. See the “Emergency Management” and “Life Safety” chapters in the Comprehensive Accreditation Manual

IPS performs complete EOC audits or select EOC requirements for Life Safety. Robert Albrecht, President of IPS, has over 25 years Environmental Safety and Health and has Chaired the EOC Committee for several hospitals. Robert Albrecht’s experience as a former regulator provides the insight on how best meet compliance with performance and prescriptive based standards.

The prevalence of serious infections caused by multidrug-resistant pathogens transmitted in the hospital setting has reached alarming levels, despite intensified interventions. In the context of mandates that hospitals ensure compliance with disinfection procedures of surfaces in the environment surrounding the patient, IPS can implement a multihospital project to both evaluate and improve current cleaning practices.

IPS will help make significant improvements in disinfection cleaning can be achieved in most hospitals, without a substantial added fiscal commitment, by the use of a structured approach that incorporates a simple, highly objective surface targeting method, repeated performance feedback to environmental services personnel, and administrative interventions.

Let IPS show you how to improve the disinfection cleaning of your facility.