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IAHSS Releases Design and Renovation Guidelines for Healthcare Facilities

Friday, March 16, 2012  
Posted by: Colleen Kucera
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March 16, 2012 [Glendale Heights, IL] Developed by Experts in Various Aspects of Design and Development of Healthcare Facility Security Programs

The International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety (IAHSS), the premier healthcare security association, recently released the Design and Renovation Guidelines for Healthcare Facilities. Developed by the IAHSS Design Taskforce, a subgroup of the IAHSS Council on Guidelines, and funded by the International Healthcare Security & Safety Foundation (IHSSF), the Guidelines are offered to IAHSS members in the members only section on the IAHSS Website. Non-members may request them for free until May 31, 2012 on the website by clicking this link: - SpecialOffer

The Design and Renovation Guidelines were created in an effort to assist security leaders, design professionals, and planning staff to build security into each new construction and renovation project at their respective facilities. The IAHSS Board of Directors and the IHSSF approved and supported the development of a Healthcare Facility Security Design Task Force, comprised of professionals with extensive expertise in design, healthcare security management, physical security, crime prevention through environmental design, regulatory agencies, emergency management, healthcare physical plant management, as well as international representation to ensure the Guidelines will also be applicable to countries outside the United States.

“The Task Force dedicated a tremendous amount of time and effort to develop and approve each guideline,” explains Chairman of the Task Force Tom Smith, CHPA, CPP. He adds, “These individuals volunteered their weekends and evenings to this project, and their employers also allowed them time away from their ‘day jobs’ to facilitate the development of this new international guideline.” The vetting process for guideline development included initial conception of a topic by a Task Force member, extensive review and discussion by the Task Force, an individual survey of each guideline by the IAHSS membership and interested non-members, detailed review by the Guidelines Council, and then final approval by the IAHSS Board of Directors. 

After thirteen months, the final product was approved for publication by the IHSSF and IAHSS Boards in December 2011. The handbook addresses how security risks can be prevented, with pre-planning steps to apply during the design phase of a healthcare facility.  

The Design and Renovation Guidelines are tailored to specific areas of a healthcare building including:
 Inpatient Facilities 
 Emergency Departments
 Behavioral/Mental Health Areas 
 Cashiers and Cash Collection Areas 
 Infant and Pediatric Facilities  
 Areas with PHI 
 Utility, Mechanical, and Infrastructure Areas 
 Biological, Chemical, and Radiation Areas

The IAHSS recommends that healthcare security and design professionals make use of these design guidelines for every renovation or new construction project. “As the only organization dedicated solely to those protecting healthcare facilities worldwide, the IAHSS strives to ensure a safe and secure environment for every healthcare facility, especially its staff, patients, and their family members,” emphasizes Evelyn Meserve, CHPA, executive director of the IAHSS. 

About IAHSS 
The International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS) is committed to leading excellence in healthcare security, safety and emergency management. IAHSS is the only organization solely dedicated to professionals involved in managing and directing security and safety programs in healthcare institutions. Training and credentialing are the hallmarks of the organization, which offers certification programs for all levels of security personnel.  With over 1,900 members worldwide, IAHSS provides a valuable network of professional peers who share their commitment to security and safety.  

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