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The Joint Commission requirements that apply to environmental management programs are described in the management of the environment of care (EC) standards. The EC standards require appointment of a qualified individual and designation of a committee responsible for managing environment of care within hospitals. The standards also require the development, implementation, evaluation, and continuous improvement of written management programs for seven major areas:[1]

Written management plans include: policies and procedures, performance standards, written criteria, and stated goals & objectives. An annual evaluation of the objectives, scope, performance, and effectiveness of each management program also is required.

References

  1. <ASHE. JOINT COMMISSION STANDARDS AND THE SURVEY PROCESS: Environment of Care. http://www.ashe.org/advocacy/organizations/TJC/standards.html


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