Prevention of adverse events in healthcare has rightfully become a cornerstone of progressive risk management and has been assuming greater importance every year. It is interesting that this focus on preventing adverse events in healthcare is relatively new and is now being increasingly linked with reimbursements and liability.
Studies have shown that many building water systems in the United States are contaminated with potentially harmful bacteria and, in fact, disease outbreaks which can be traced to contaminated water happen with incredible frequency worldwide affecting thousands of people.
So I have a new responsibility at work which now involves not only doing my regular job which often takes up 12 hours of every day but I am now tasked with the arduous responsibility of writing something called a blog for my company. As a late baby boomer I cannot profess complete ignorance of […]
I was lucky. I received my first phone call about what was then called toxic black mold in 1996 right about the time Melinda Ballard (the woman who made mold the issue it ultimately became before she appeared on the cover of the New York Times Magazine section in full respirator and protective gear) found […]
Wildfire activity has increased worldwide in terms of frequency, severity, and acreage burned. In the United States, the number of acres burned as a result of wildfires has actually doubled since 1960 and each year the fire seasons grow longer, more severe and more extensive.
Several months ago I attended a conference in Los Angeles where there were a variety of exhibitor booths typical of any convention nowadays. In one booth, the display consisted of an enlarged version of the game “Jenga”.
When I first ventured out into the world of environmental consulting and legal liability in 1992, I was told that issues pertaining to a mineral called “Asbestos” were pretty much going to be passé in 10 years and that I should plan on concentrating my efforts in other directions.
Just this week, Pennsylvania became the 37th state (in addition to Guam and the District of Columbia) to enact a healthcare apology law- Senate Bill 379. One might wonder why it took Pennsylvania, usually one of the most innovative and enlightened states when it comes to healthcare issues, to finally enact an apology law.
While the quality of the indoor air we breathe every day has been the focus of governmental regulation and has even stimulated a huge “Green Building” initiative throughout the United States, little, if any, focus has been directed at the quality of water in those buildings, and the potentially deadly bacteria that all too often […]