Environment of Care
This page provides the resources you need to ensure continuous compliance with The Joint Commission - Environment of Care (EC) and Life Safety Standards at OHSU. The EC Program operates in cooperation with OHSU Quality Management.For general questions; information about any specific topic or policy; or to report a safety concern, contact the OHSU Healthcare Safety Officer at 503-494-7319.
For more information on OHSU's Joint Commission readiness, visit OHSU Regulatory Compliance.
Pneumatic Tube System (PTS) users are required to follow all procedures for safe use of the system. Standard operating procedures will be followed for all planned and unplanned downtime events until station returns to normal operations.
- Do you know your role during unplanned PTS downtime?
- Do you know how to enter a request for Hospital Transportation to transport labs and specimens?
- Do you know who to contact for unplanned PTS downtime issues not addressed within 15 minutes?
The December EC Highlight offers employees information on PTS downtime procedures and how to access the PTS Manual on the Healthcare Policy Database.
Follow the link below to view the current issue.
Questions? Contact Environmental Health and Radiation Safety at 503-494-7795.
EC Highlights features the Environment of Care rounds areas of focus, something new or changed, or just a topic in need of some extra attention. We will keep it short and to the point, and we'll always note a source for more information. You can do a number of things with EC Highlights: post it for staff to read, compile them in a binder to orient new staff and refresh current staff, discuss the focus topic at a staff meeting, or forward it to individual e-mails. In any form, it is designed to help staff stay informed in a simple, easy-to-read way. For information on past topics, view the EC Highlights archive, or contact Sonia McGinley at 503-346-0082.
Environment of Care Policies & Procedures
Environment of Care Requirements Guide
(attached to the Environment of Care Requirements policy) Questions? Contact Nina Wolf at 503-346-0082.
Environment of Care Committee (ECC)
The ECC is tasked with oversight of policies, procedures, and operations related to the EC Program. The Program is divided into the following categories with each having a content expert as coordinator. Specific questions may be routed to the following people:
Hazardous Materials and Waste
John Burnham 503-494-2574
Security Management and Public Safety