Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality Newsletter
October 2021

HACP Physical Environment (PE)

Have you ever wanted to improve or just confirm your knowledge regarding the requirements related to the physical environment? CIHQ has developed a certification program for just this purpose. The HACP-PE certification demonstrates an in-depth knowledge of regulations addressing the physical environment in acute care hospitals.
Program content addresses key regulations and national standards in Safety/Security, Hazardous Materials and Waste, Emergency Power, Life Safety/Fire Safety, Healthcare Facilities Code, Utilities and Medical Equipment.
Some of the specific topics included in the study guide and examination:
  • Workplace Violence
  • OSHA Hazard Communication
  • Department of Transportation (DOT)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Fire Safety
  • Life Safety Code requirements
  • Healthcare Facilities Code requirements
  • Laser Safety
  • Electrical Safety
While the certification was designed for individuals who are responsible for the physical environment, anyone can apply for the certification. Recertification is every 2 years. This can be achieved by either retaking another exam or by participating in continuing education units during the 2-year time period.
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