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TJC at ASHE: New requirements, revised process and tougher job for LSC surveyors

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December 5, 2020

by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com)

Expect The Joint Commission (TJC) to get tougher on water management and infection control, preconstruction risk assessments, workplace violence protections, and kitchen safety.

Don’t be surprised if TJC Life Safety Code® (LSC) surveyors go into places you may not have seen them venture into in years past. The same goes for clinical surveyors, who literally may be getting up in your kitchen—and possibly in the kitchens of any on-site commercial food service if it serves patients or residents.

During one of the ever-popular sessions at the American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE) annual conference, top TJC executives reviewed problems and solutions, and offered a rundown of what facility and compliance managers can look forward to during upcoming surveys.

That will include a new water management standard, potential new workplace violence standards, and perhaps revisions to emergency management requirements. In addition, the Environment of Care orientation session is being eliminated, with elements moved to other areas of the process.

Expect The Joint Commission (TJC) to get tougher on water management and infection control, preconstruction risk assessments, workplace violence protections, and kitchen safety.



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