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Taking Hazard Vulnerability Beyond Healthcare

Written by  BOB FARKAS

For several years the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization (JCAHO) has required hospitals to ensure they evaluate and mitigate risks and exposures that could impact their ability to deliver healthcare services under all conditions. By incorporating findings from our facilities risk assessment work into an enhanced HVA, we’ve produced an approach that can be used in any environment which critically depends upon its facilities services, such as electric power, heating and cooling, etc.Although JCAHO does not prescribe any specific approach, the defacto “standard” of this activity since 2001 has been the “Hazard Vulnerability Analysis” (HVA) which was originally developed in response to JCAHO’s request for a “more quantitative risk assessment.” While the existing HVA is useful for auditors looking to confirm minimum compliance, its scope and subjective assessment methodology can be modified to determine how risk mitigation strategies and limited capital can effectively be deployed for maximum