Ergonomics, staff safety form part of new standard for hospital design

The first standard ever developed in Canada for the design and construction of new hospitals and other medical facilities could mark a major advance in the working conditions of doctors, nurses and support staff. The standard, launched by CSA Standards, is based on the idea that better planning, design and construction can improve safety and care for both patients and hospital staff, and make hospitals more cost effective. The standard covers new hospitals, doctors’ and dentists’ offices and clinics.

“Ultimately, bad hospital design can kill,” said Bonnie Rose, president of CSA Standards. At the document’s launch, Rose said the 400-page CSA Z8000 Health Care Facilities Standard creates a common national standard for hospital design. It provides planners with guidelines that go beyond building codes by setting out requirements specific to medical facilities.

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