HealthCare Environmental Services Week

HealthCare Environmental Services Week

In recognition of the vital role environmental service workers play, Kaiser Permanente San Diego recognized EVS workers during the week of September 13th – 17th.  The third week of September is known as National Environmental Services Week.

With emerging infectious diseases, contagious viral strains, and antibiotic resistant ‘superbugs’ which are a major threat for healthcare institutions large and small, knowledge of proper infection control measures within the healthcare setting is of paramount importance.  Naturally, prevention of infectious disease is the primary concern for the EVS workers.

In a healthcare environment, harmful or pathogenic microorganisms must be reduced or killed in order to protect and ensure the well-being of patients, staff and visitors.  Disinfection, sanitizing and decontaminating surfaces, whether they are found in the isolation room, operating room, patient room or elsewhere within the facility, can be enormously challenging.  EVS staff plays an essential role in providing a clean and safe environment for all through infection prevention and control practices.

Join us in celebrating and acknowledging our Local 30 EVS staff for their contributions to providing quality healthcare to the members we serve.  Let’s be sure to celebrate by saying ‘thank you’ to them, and be respectful of them for the hard work they do not just this week, but all year long.  OPEIU, Local 30 EVS employees at Kaiser do not just clean rooms, they clean rooms that save people’s lives.