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Q&ABusiness OccupanciesStorage (Medical Gas)Oxygen Cylinders

Q: Our hospital has an offsite building for our cardiac rehab, physical therapy, and pulmonary rehab programs. It also houses our business office and some physician offices. The building is …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 30, 2014
Electrical EquipmentArticlePower Strips

There has been a lot of discussion about power strips (or relcoatable power taps, as some authorities call them) lately, and most of it is not to our advantage. None …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 30, 2014
Emergency Response Plan (Accreditation/CertificatiArticleEyewash Stations

Emergency showers are often found in hospital laboratories and at times, in plant operation areas. There seems to be some confusion about emergency showers and eyewash stations, and what is …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 26, 2014
Q&AGeneratorsStorage (Generators)

Q: I cannot find a code reference that prohibits storage in the generator enclosure. Is there a specific reference for this in the 2000 edition of the Life Safety Code? …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 23, 2014
Survey FindingsArticle

When I was a surveyor for Joint Commission, I had a few surveys where the hospital invited their consultant to join in on the building tour. Back then surveys were …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 19, 2014
Q&AHazardous Areas

Q: If hazardous areas like a carpentry shop and a paint shop are combined in a separate building distant from hospital building, what can be an appropriate reference to determine …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 16, 2014
ArticleAccreditationOccupancies

I’m no expert on the differences between a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) and an Acute Care Hospital (hospital), but I’m learning. Having been an advisor to American Osteopathic Association/Healthcare Facilities …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 12, 2014
Emergency Response Plan (Accreditation/CertificatiQ&AFire Safety Plan

Q: We are going to prepare an action card for fire safety as part of our major emergency response plan. What information regarding fire safety would you suggest we include …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 9, 2014
Joint CommissionLife Safety CodeEquivalenciesArticleCMS

As a result of the June 4, 2014 online announcement by The Joint Commission which identified major changes for the Statement of Condition Plan for Improvement (PFI) list, they also …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 6, 2014
Joint CommissionLife Safety CodeArticleCMS

Since yesterday, I have received a lot of emails and calls concerning the Joint Commission announcement on changes to their PFI list. On Wednesday, June 4, 2014, Joint Commission published …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 6, 2014
Life Safety CodeArticle

The following are the final comments that I will make in response to CMS's proposed rule to adopt the 2012 Life Safety Code. NFPA 101A Guide on Alternative Approaches to …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 6, 2014
Joint CommissionLife Safety CodeArticleCMS

Yesterday, Joint Commission published an online notice of changes to their survey decision reports effective July 1, 2014, that effectively eliminates the strategic advantage of healthcare organizations self-reporting Life Safety …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 5, 2014
Life Safety CodeArticleFire/Smoke DampersTesting (Life Safety Code)

Many of you may be familiar with the Joint Commission's standard practice for inaccessible fire dampers: If the fire damper is inaccessible during the required testing period, the hospital can choose …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 5, 2014
Life Safety CodeArticle

The following is one of many comments that I will make in response to CMS's proposed rule to adopt the 2012 Life Safety Code. CMS statement: “We also propose to …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 4, 2014
Life Safety CodeArticle

The following is one of many comments that I will make in response to CMS's proposed rule to adopt the 2012 Life Safety Code. CMS statement: Sections 18/19.3.5 of the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 3, 2014
Q&AElectrical Rooms

Q: Are there any requirements to firestop penetrations in Information Technology (IT) closets and electrical rooms in business occupancies? A: Only if the barriers surrounding the IT closets are designated …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 2, 2014

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