CEICC

Environmental Infectious Control Consultant

Indoor air quality associated with or within indoor environments is an ever changing science and therefore it is the goal of all Environmental AirTechs’ Techs to be up to date on the relevant science as it becomes available. This is accomplished by gaining as much experience and knowledge through continued training for the purpose of understand the limits and/or extents environmental factors may attribute to occupant complaints as they relate to hospitals, nursing homes, schools, clean rooms, or specialty businesses. Such environments, given due time (or ignored), may affect your greatest assets and investment(s) including your workforce.

How can Environmental AirTechs help our clients? With a Council-certified Environmental Infectious Control Consultant (CEICC) on our team, Environmental AirTechs is able to demonstrate the expected knowledge to conduct investigation, inspections, indoor air quality assessments, inspections of HV/AC systems and prepare reports reflecting our findings.

What Is A CEICC?
The Council-certified Environmental Infection Control Consultant (CEICC) may help in preventing infection control problems within the built environment. A CEICC advises building owners during demolition, remodeling, repair and renovation projects. A CEICC can help identify construction practices which might contribute to the spread of infection. A CEICC can help develop an infection control risk assessment (ICRA) and assemble a project management team.

A CEICC also investigates existing infection control issues. He or she can locate the source of a problem and recommend steps to correct it.

A CEICC has verified knowledge of disciplines related to environmental infection control. The certification exams cover the most respected texts in the field. Those who pass the exams must understand the scientific principles governing infection control. They must be familiar with current practices and standards affecting consultants and investigators. They must know how to produce a risk assessment (ICRA). They must be able to assemble a project management team. They must know how to conduct an investigation and report their findings.

Each CEICI or CEICC possesses verified experience in infection control consulting in one or more of the following settings:

* Hospitals
* Clinics and urgent care centers
* Offices and commercial buildings
* Industrial structures
* Government facilities
* Schools and public buildings

To earn the Council-certified Environmental Infection Control Investigator (CEICI) or Council-certified Environmental Infection Control Consultant (CEICC) designations, a candidate must:

* Demonstrate verifiable field experience in infection control consulting
* Pass a rigorous examination based on broad industry knowledge rather than a course curriculum
* Earn the unanimous approval of the CEICI or CEICC certification board
* Re-certify every two years
* Participate in 20 hours of professional development activities each year
* Maintain the highest ethical standards

The Required Body of Knowledge:
The effective practice of environmental infection control consulting requires specialized knowledge of a variety of subjects, including current standards and best practices. For certification purposes, the candidate for the CEICC designation must demonstrate familiarity with the basic concepts and reference materials of the industry, such as those summarized in the following list.
CDC, Guideline for Environmental Infection Control in Health-Care Facilities (2003) AIA, Guidelines for Design and Construction of Healthcare Facilities (2006) ASHRAE, Standard 170-2008: Ventilation of Healthcare Facilities (2008) 29 CFR 1910.1030, Bloodborne Pathogens

The Required Skills:
A Council-certified Environmental Infection Control Consultant (CEICC) has demonstrated the following skills through a combination of documented experience, documented education and training and the successful completion of an examination process.
* Infectious Diseases and Their Modes of Transmission in the Healthcare Setting
* Apply scientific knowledge of infectious diseases and their modes of transmission to infection control activities in healthcare and other institutional settings.
* Principles of Infection Control During Construction, Demolition and Renovation
* Understand the impact of HVAC systems on infection control during construction, demolition and renovation activities.
* Understand the impact of filtration systems on infection control during construction, demolition and renovation activities.
* Understand the impact of UV air cleaning systems on infection control during construction, demolition and renovation activities.
* Understand the behavior of conditioned air in occupied spaces and its impact on infection control during construction, demolition and renovation activities.
* Understand the impact of water systems on infection control during construction, demolition and renovation activities.
Infection Control Project Management
* Assemble an interdisciplinary project management team for purposes of infection control during construction, renovation and demolition activities in the institutional setting.
* Assemble an Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) panel  Perform an Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) for use during construction, renovation and demolition activities.
Effective Infection Control Practices
* Conduct appropriate and effective containment engineering during construction, renovation and demolition activities.
* Implement appropriate infection control practices for air handling systems during construction, renovation and demolition activities.
* Conduct appropriate and effective environmental sampling during construction, renovation and demolition activities.
* Implement appropriate infection control practices in Protective Environment (PE) rooms, Airborne Infection Isolation (AII) rooms and Operating Rooms (OR) rooms during construction, renovation and demolition activities.
* Employ effective cleaning procedures for environmental surfaces during construction, renovation and demolition activities.
* Implement effective infection control practices for water handling systems during construction, renovation and demolition activities.

The CEICC* certification is CESB-accredited as “Engineering Related,” requiring eight years of field experience:

* Council-certified Environmental Infection Control Consultant (CEICC)

While it is obvious that health care facilities require assessors and contractors who specialize in infection control, there are many other areas requiring these specialties outside the indoor air quality industry.