Volume 60 | Spring 2009
Letter From Doug Sowers, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center:
In keeping with our theme for the Semi-annual; here are a few thoughts on Staff
Training to support your utility systems. As engineers we tend to focus on
equipment; it’s condition, preventative maintenance issues, and performance
capabilities. We write PM’s, Policies and Procedures and even Action Plans.
However we tend to give less attention to the human element. Unfortunately, all
our preplanning has little value when that emergency occurs, if our staff cannot
carry out these plans.
The answer of course, is Training. Now I’m sure you all have some training in
place, but here is a couple of ideas you may not be using.
• Consider training your staff in the use and interpretation of your
One-line Electrical drawings.
• Write a quiz on the drawings, given annually, causing them to practice
• When training, require each staff member to perform the task. Simulate
a real event. You are only as prepared as the ability of your weakest staff
• Train everyone!! When the emergency occurs that “Key person” might not
• Train on the ancillary equipment. That generator is not going to run if
the fuel system fails.
Of course the list goes on, you get the idea. If you have questions or some
ideas of you own to share feel free to contact me.
Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center
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Providence St. Peter Hospital
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Olympia, WA 98506-5166