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Q: I can’t seem to find the definition of a suite in the Life Safety Code. What defines a suite? A: Think of a suite as nothing more than a …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 28, 2015
Evacuation (Life Safety Code)Article

Q: Where in the Life Safety Code does it say evacuation route maps are required to be posted on the floors in a hospital? I cannot find the reference and …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 25, 2015
Life Safety CodeArticleTesting (Accreditation/Certification)

Q: Do you find that TJC only enforces the quarterly plus or minus 10 days from the MONTH of last test on quarterly inspections (instead of the day)? This is what …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 23, 2015
Life Safety CodeArticle

Q: How do I determine a project is considered major or minor renovation? This makes a difference on whether we follow chapter 18 or chapter 19 requirements in the Life …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 21, 2015
Delayed EgressArticleCMS

Q: I have heard you state that once the 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code is finally adopted hospitals will be allowed to have more than one delayed egress …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 18, 2015
Medical GasArticleOxygen Cylinders

Q: We had a finding from a recent Joint Commission survey on EC. 02.01.01, EP 3. When the surveyor told us about it, he said it related back to an …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 16, 2015
ArticleFire Drills

Q: We have a building that is a business occupancy with the exception of two ambulatory care units. I know we have to do fire drills four times a year …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 14, 2015
KitchensHazardous AreasArticle

Q: You recently posted a question about whether or not hospital kitchens are hazardous areas. Your response noted that kitchens are not included in the list of 8 specific scenarios …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 11, 2015
Q&ASnow Removal

Q: During the winter season how much time would a surveyor give us to remove all snow from the exit discharge leads out of the hospital? Since it could be …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 9, 2015

Q: We have an offsite business occupancy location and need to know what the requirements are for an area of refuge. I have not been able to identify any fire/smoke …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 7, 2015
SuitesConstruction BarrierArticle

Q: I cannot find anywhere in NFPA on the wall construction of a suite wall. We've been building them as a smoke wall but the code doesn't say anything. A: …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 4, 2015
Life Safety CodeArticleCMS

Q: When will CMS adopt the new 2012 Life Safety Code? It seems they are taking a long time to do it. A: I don’t know when CMS will finally …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 2, 2015

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