EllisDon Facilities Services – Royal Inland Hospital Kamloops
In 2018 EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare was named the preferred proponent for a 6 year, $417M expansion and renovation of Royal Inland Hospital (RIH) in Kamloops, BC. At the same time, EllisDon Facilities Service Inc, was awarded a 30 year maintenance contract for RIH.
A hospital requires considerable infrastructure to ensure and maintain a clean and healthy environment. This infrastructure includes miles of HVAC ductwork, heating and cooling system piping, laundry chutes, boilers and spaces and access points to access it all. This all results in many confined spaces. Legislation defines what a confined space is, requires an inventory be maintained, specifies the requirements for entry to each type of space and specifies program requirements.
EllisDon Facilities was relying on an outdated confined space program and assessments they were not certain met current legislative and regulatory requirements. OHS regulations require a qualified professional to assess each potential confined space and determine the hazard rating, which determines entry requirements. DCS Safety was invited to provide a proposal and was the successful proponent.