OSHE News & Issues|
OSHE has once again earned the Platinum Level of Affiliation with ASHE for 2015|
[August 1, 2016]
The Platinum Level is the highest Level of Affiliation that can be attained by
an ASHE Chapter. This accomplishment reflects our membership's dedication to
Education, Leadership, Communication, and Advocacy for the Healthcare
Engineering profession. OSHE has consistently performed at a higher level,
maintaining a Gold Level Affiliation from the inception of the program in 1997
to 2008 and Platinum Level Affiliation in 2009 - 2014.
For OSHE to earn Platinum level there are a few requirements:
- Conduct 24 hours or more of educational programming in the year
- Attendance at the annual Chapter Leadership Forum.
- Submit an application/nomination for the Emerging Regional Leader Award
- Chapter President & President-elect must both hold active ASHE membership.
- Joint ASHE/Chapter Membership: Maintain a minimum of 25% active members who
hold joint ASHE membership in OSHE.
- Distribute a minimum 12 or more member communications.
OSHE met or exceeded minimum criteria for the Platinum level in several areas,
2. Number of OSHE members who are also ASHE members
3. Communications from OSHE officers to members
4. Four quarterly OSHE Newsletters
5. Four quarterly OSHE Codes & Standards issues
6. Blast e-mails to all members throughout the year.
ASHE chapters participating in the Levels of Affiliation Awards Program submit
documentation demonstrating that they have met several criteria based on
affiliation objectives ASHE would like to achieve to make its chapters stronger
and more viable, which in turn benefits the fields of healthcare engineering and
A BIG "Thank You" to those outstanding OSHE members that assisted in the
Platinum level for 2015 application.
Register for 52nd ASHE Annual Conference & Technical Exhibition July 12 - 15|
[June 28, 2015]
More than 3,000 professionals gather on-site each year to get vital information on health care compliance, codes and standards updates, emerging trends, and best practices for efficiency, sustainability, emergency preparedness, and other pressing topics in the field. Attend the ASHE Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition to connect with colleagues in the field and to "stay fit" in your role as a health care facility management professional.
Sheraton Boston Hotel
39 Dalton St., Boston, MA 02199
> Annual Conference
Website for Registration and Agenda
Your Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Code Involving Legionella Risk
[October 13, 2014]
ASHRAE Releases Legionellosis Standard for Fourth Public Review Draft
ATLANTA - A fourth version of ASHRAE's proposed legionellosis standard is open
for public comment until November 10, 2014.
Standard 188P, Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems,
currently under development, will establish minimum legionellosis risk
management requirements for building water systems. The standard is intended for
use by building owners and managers and those involved in the design,
construction, installation, commissioning, operation, maintenance and service of
centralized building water systems and components.
The draft of the document and instructions on submitting comments can be found
The proposed standard will be available for access until Nov. 10, 2014.
Changes to the proposed standard since its last public review in January 2013
- Alignment of the document with the revised title, purpose and scope.
- Removal of hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP)
terminology; some of the principles of the - HACCP process are consistent
with the process utilized in the document.
- Inclusion of a normative appendix for health care facilities meeting
specific requirements that provides an alternate compliance path that is more
stringent than for other facilities.
- More emphasis on requirements for design, construction, installation,
commissioning, operation, maintenance and service.
Tom Watson, chair of the Standard 188P committee, notes that the standard
contains both normative sections and appendices that specify what is required to
comply. It also contains informative appendices and references as guidance about
how to do things that may be necessary for a given building water system.
"Building water systems vary substantially in their design and their capability
for transmission of Legionella," Watson said. "Scientific evidence is either
lacking or inconclusive in certain aspects of Legionella control. The
informative guidance is included to provide suggestions, recommendations and
To learn more about actions regarding ASHRAE standards, visit
There, ASHRAE provides subscriptions to a variety of listserves, including one
for Standard 188P, that enable interested parties to stay up to date with the
latest news, publication offerings, and various other Society activities.
ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through
sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its more than
50,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor
air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards
writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes
tomorrow's built environment today.
> More Information on the
ASHRAE News page
alert: Changes to Power Strip Use, Plans for Improvement|
[June 5, 2014]
ASHE members should be aware of several important compliance changes affecting
hospitals and other health facilities. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services (CMS) is significantly restricting the use of power strips in patient
care areas effective immediately. Also, the Joint Commission is requiring
hospitals to address overdue plans for improvement (PFIs) by July 1, 2014.
Joint Commission Department of Engineering Director George Mills states that CMS
is not allowing relocatable power taps, referred to as RPTs or power strips, to
be used with medical equipment in patient care areas—effective immediately. That
includes operating rooms, patient rooms, and areas for recovery, exams, and
diagnostic procedures. Mills reports that many facility professionals are
frustrated by the change, arguing that restrictions on power strips would lead
to tripping hazards from long extension cords stretching across rooms.
> Continue Reading "Changes
to Power Strip Use, Plans for Improvement" Article on ASHE Website
Spring 2014 Conference Presentations|
[May 23, 2014]
View our 2014 Spring Conference Attendee List in our
Members Only section
"Lean, 3P Design in Healthcare and the Lean Leader" [26 pages]
Presented by Stephen Grose, Director of Facilities and
Production at Emerald Environmental Services and Cedar Grove
Composting; ASHE Region 10 Director, 2010-2011
The presentation explores awareness of the principles of
Kaizen/LEAN activities, values and challenges with
implementation efforts at VMMC.
"Fire Safety System Testing Requirements & Documentation per
NFPA: EC.02.03.05" [27 pages]
Presented by Bill Morgan, CHFM, FASHE, Senior Consultant,
The presentation reviews initial and on-going required testing
of Fire Safety Systems including performance test process,
frequency and parameters as well as documentation requirements
for FS testing and scheduled maintenance.
Clarifying 7 Concerns about Proposed Changes to Hospital Smoke Compartment Size|
[May 27, 2014]
ASHE supports a proposal to change NFPA 101: Life Safety Code® that would increase the maximum smoke compartment size in new facilities from 22,500 square feet to 40,000 square feet. The proposal will be voted on at the National Fire Protection Association’s Technical Meeting in Las Vegas June 11-12, which is part of the NFPA Conference & Expo that runs June 9-12. However, some who will be attending the meeting have raised concerns about the proposal. A new ASHE advocacy alert explains the concerns—and the facts behind them—and urges ASHE members to contact their local building officials, fire marshals, and other NFPA members about the issue.
> Continue Reading "7 Concerns" Article on ASHE Website
New OSHE Contact Info|
[January 16, 2014]
In January, OSHE partnered with new management and your ways to contact us have
changed. Please make note of the following in your contact methods:
OSHE: Oregon Society for Healthcare Engineering
5727 Baker Way NW, Suite 200
Gig Harbor, WA 98332
FAX: (253) 265-3043
Mobile ASHE app provides resources for health care facility professionals|
[October 28, 2013]
CHICAGO – A new app for mobile devices provides on-the-go access to resources for busy health care facility professionals, including regulatory updates, news, education opportunities, and acronyms.
Health care facility managers and engineers often work away from computers as they deal with issues around their facilities. The new Mobile ASHE app provides free mobile access to the following information:
News: The ASHE news feed provides the latest developments in the field, including regulatory updates on codes and standards, news stories, and press releases.
Acronyms: The health care field includes many acronyms. The Mobile ASHE app allows users to browse or search to find meanings for hundreds of health care, business, and military acronyms.
Monographs: ASHE members can access these publications, which cover single topics on issues such as facility engineering, design and construction, and safety and security management. One recent monograph tackled how to evaluate electrical distribution equipment to determine replacement needs, while another compared editions of the Life Safety Code®.
Calendar: The calendar provides an updated listing of ASHE events, including conferences, webinars, workshops, and educational opportunities.
Social Media: This section of the app connects users with ASHE’s social media channels, including LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, and the ASHE Blog.
Mobile ASHE is available now for Apple and Android devices. Visit the iTunes store or Google Play and search for Mobile ASHE to find and download the app.
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