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      Q&A Storage (Life Safety Code)

      Q: Our medical supply room contains combustibles, and is larger than 100 square feet. It does not have a door and the room opens onto the corridor, behind…

      Bob Armbrister | Jul 29, 2012
      Article Documentation (Life Safety Code)

      I get asked this question from time to time..."How long must I keep test and inspections reports?" My answer has always been... Forever. Don't throw…

      Bob Armbrister | Jul 26, 2012
      Q&A Mechanical Rooms

      Q: I have a storage question for you that relates to storing beds and other hospital equipment in our mechanical rooms. Is this allowed or would I be…

      Bob Armbrister | Jul 22, 2012
      Article Professional Organizations

      I just returned from the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) annual conference, this year held in San Antoinio, TX. Great city and a great…

      Bob Armbrister | Jul 20, 2012
      Fire Extinguishers Q&A

      Q: Is the hospital responsible for the fire extinguishers supplied by the contractors while they are performing work in our hospital? We had a surveyor…

      Bob Armbrister | Jul 15, 2012
      Article Hazardous Areas Kitchens

      If you read my Q&A on kitchens being hazardous areas, which was posted last Sunday (July 8th), then you may have been surprised by my position that…

      Bob Armbrister | Jul 12, 2012
      Q&A Hazardous Areas

      Q: Is the main kitchen in a hospital considered a hazardous area? I’m referring to the main kitchen where all the food is prepared for the hospital, not…

      Bob Armbrister | Jul 8, 2012
      Article Signs (Life Safety Code)

      Just like a policy or a management plan, CMS, Joint Commission, HFAP and DNV surveyors will hold you accountable to what your signage is telling you. If a…

      Bob Armbrister | Jul 5, 2012

      Q: Our entire hospital is protected with automatic sprinklers. Do the contents and furnishings in our patient rooms need to meet a flame spread standard?

      Bob Armbrister | Jul 1, 2012