INSTALL and Occupied Healthcare Facilities
INSTALL North Central States professionals can receive training to work in occupied healthcare facilities. This training was developed by the UBC when healthcare facility officials across the country stated the need to curb cross-contamination incidents that develop during renovations.
The UBC found that inadequate safety procedures during construction work can release contaminants trapped above ceilings, behind walls or under floors, allowing them to infiltrate patient and staff environments via HVAC systems, foot traffic, and other conduits. National experts in pathogen containment during healthcare facility construction work teamed with UBC training experts to develop a training program entitled Best Practices in Healthcare Construction in Occupied Facilities. As a result, INSTALL flooring professionals learn how to identify challenges and hazards involved when replacing or installing flooring in the facility. They become skilled in containing pathogens, evaluating risk factors and potential hazards to humans, labs, sterile supplies and medical equipment, and how to implement individual facility safety and operational requirements related to construction work.
INSTALL North Central States professionals are trained to handle any type of flooring that is typically found in a healthcare facility — both occupied and unoccupied. Training focuses on how to work quickly and efficiently while not interrupting facility operations, and, most importantly, while protecting the health and safety of facility patients and staff. A sample of critical categories that INSTALL professionals can receive training in to meet individual job site needs are:
- Controlling contaminants
- Controlling exposure
- Containing the work area
- Effective interaction with healthcare staff
- Individual responsibilities to patients
- Hazmat material recognition
- Recognizing and remediating mold
- Personal protection and protective equipment
- Working with regulatory agencies, including the ICRA
- Establishing effective routes of entry
INSTALL is the floor covering industry’s working cooperative of mills, manufacturers, industry consultants, contractors and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC) who combine to present the best training installation program in North America.
Through this alliance, INSTALL North Central States mechanics receive the newest installation methods and newest technology from the 100+ mills and manufacturers who partner to keep our training the best in the business. Technical experts from the biggest names in the flooring industry partner with veteran instructors from the UBC to take an active role in helping to update the INSTALL curriculum on a regular basis. These experts ensure that INSTALL’s curriculum addresses current labor needs in the floor covering industry.
INSTALL is also supported by the UBC International Training Fund, which allots more than $200 million each year to training its members, including floor layers.
How We Train
Our floor covering curriculum content prepares our installers to be proficient in industry standards, manufacturer recommendations, and design specifications. Training includes theory and practice of proper floor preparation, installation, and finishing procedures for carpet, linoleum, vinyl and other resilients, hardwood, laminate, artificial and turf sports surfaces, and other accessories.
More than 100 course modules are used, covering areas such as general knowledge, preparation, materials, installation, and supplemental.
Our floor layers learn from an established set of standards, which include fundamental, core installer skills; graduated levels of skill competence and experience; written proof of theoretical knowledge; and hands-on skill testing. Standards also include external educational accreditation of trainers and trainees.
INSTALL North Central States apprentices spend hundreds of hours at a state-of-the-art training facility. There they gain theory and hands-on experience by working with the full spectrum of floor covering materials. Apprentices must master four years of training and demonstrate their knowledge before moving through the program.
INSTALL veterans have available to them skill-upgrade training to stay on top of the latest floor covering techniques, products and technology.
Graduating apprentices and journeymen all are required to be certified in resilient, carpet, and/or wood flooring. This certification process rigorously tests the skills of every man or woman seeking to work under the INSTALL stripes.