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Fire AlarmArticle

What's the number one item that fire alarm testing contractors fail to properly test? Batteries. OK, I don't keep statistics on these types of things, but based on the lack …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 29, 2012
Q&AElectrical Rooms

Q: I had a state inspector tell me that communication wires and cable in our hospital are not permitted to be tied to conduit containing electrical wires. Is this true? …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 28, 2012
Chutes (Life Safety Code)Article

Wow... What a scary site to see. Trash bags caught in the trash chute in such a way that it prevents the chute doors from automatically closing. And make no …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 25, 2012
ArticleCeilings (Fire Suppression Systems)

Want to know a secrete? It's a pretty sure bet that a hospital does not perform a very good job on Hazard Surveillance Rounds when missing ceiling tiles are discovered by …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 23, 2012

Q: I have a supply room on a medical surgical floor and the door opens into the corridor. The corridor and the room are protected with automatic sprinklers. Because it …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 21, 2012
Life Safety CodeFire WatchArticle

Walking surfaces in the means of egress are required to be even. This is one situation in the NFPA codes and standards where they clearly defined what 'even walking' surface …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 18, 2012

Which came first: The chicken or the egg? Yeah, I don't know the answer to that one either, and it is a really weak attempt of a connection to today's subject: …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 16, 2012
Q&AAlcohol Based Hand Rub Dispensers

Q: What is the actual spacing requirement for alcohol based hand-rub (ABHR) dispensers from electrical sources such as light switches in the hospital? I have heard it must be 4 …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 14, 2012
Life Safety CodeArticle

I remember being on an assignment at a major hospital in an urban setting, and the Facilities Department was huge. They had multiple managers, supervisors, lead-technicians and so forth, as …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 11, 2012
Fire AlarmArticle

I was recently at a hospital where I noticed the smoke detector installation (at left) inside a mechanical room. It made me stop and exam the installation as my first thought …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 9, 2012

Q: We are about to install a new shelving system into a room that is protected with automatic sprinklers. I know we are supposed to maintain 18 inches clearance underneath …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 7, 2012
Hazardous WasteArticle

A friend of mine sent me this picture (to the left) of multiple barrels of chemicals that were crowded onto the spill containment system. Now granted, this may not be …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 4, 2012

A client of mine contacted me last week and wanted to know if they could temporarily store combustibles in a patient room that is currently under renovation. Apparently the suite …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 2, 2012

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