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Q&AFire DoorsFire AlarmSmoke Detectors

Q: I have a life safety consultant doing our annual inspection, and he keeps saying that I need to have individual smoke detectors for my corridor fire rated doors. The …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 31, 2017
Q&APatchingPenetrationFire BarrierWalls

Q: In regards to penetrations through fire separations: Our latest survey from Joint Commission identified that "Hot Patches" (a piece of 5/8 sheet rock placed over a hole and the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 30, 2017
Q&AJoint CommissionFire Drills

Q: There is a matrix floating around on the web that describes Joint Commission’s compliance for fire drills. It breaks the quarters down as Q1=January, February, March, and Q2=April, May, …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 29, 2017
Q&ABridge Between Buildings (Life Safety Code)Corridors

Q: We have a connecting bridge between two of our buildings. On one side of the bridge is healthcare occupancy and on the other side is business occupancy. There is …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 27, 2017
Mechanical RoomsQ&AEmergency Lights (Life Safety Code)

Q: Is emergency lighting required for mechanical rooms? A: The answer depends on whether the mechanical room has a designated aisle, the occupancy classification of the building, and whether it …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 24, 2017
Q&AFire Drills

Q: We are required to conduct a fire drill every quarter. If I did one on March 22, when is the earliest and the latest dates that I can do the next …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 23, 2017

Q: Per NFPA 101 2012 edition: are plastic barriers (w/zippers) no longer acceptable around construction areas though the facility is fully sprinkled? A: No… I wouldn’t say that. But the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 22, 2017
Life Safety CodeArticlePatient RoomsDoors

Q: In the 2000 edition of the Life Safety Code, under section 18.3.8 “Special Protection Features -Outside Window or Door”, they have requirements for windows or doors to the outside …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 21, 2017
Q&AInterior Finish

Q: I would like to know the 2012 Life Safety Code requirements for an audio testing room in a high rise hospital building. The floor, wall and ceilings are covered …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 20, 2017
Q&AAir HandlersSprinklers

Q: Does a roof top air handler require sprinkler heads if it is unoccupied? We have large walk-in style air handlers on the roof of our hospital and they are …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 17, 2017
Storage (Life Safety Code)Q&AConstruction

Q: A question that keeps coming my way pertains to out-buildings like sheds that LTC providers want to place next to their nursing homes to use for storage. Is there any …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 16, 2017

Q: We have a large wall 15 ft. x 12 ft. in our public cafeteria in the hospital that gets decorated with a different theme every quarter. This was started …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 15, 2017

Q: Is there an NFPA code requirement for labeling fire / smoke rated walls above ceiling and if so what is it? A: No… there is not a NFPA code …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 14, 2017
Q&AWaste Containers

Q: The 2012 Life Safety Code allows for 96 gallon containers outside a hazardous area for clean waste. Unfortunately, our vendor that handles recycling does not have a 96 gallon …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 13, 2017
Mechanical RoomsQ&AFire Extinguishers

Q: Are fire extinguishers required to be placed in mechanical rooms in our hospital? I've searched NFPA 10 and the Life Safety Code and haven't found anything concrete. The mechanical …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 10, 2017

Q: I have a question about putting pictures up in stairwells. Someone in our administration department at our hospital wants to put pictures up in a stairwell. We have already …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 9, 2017

Q: I am pushing to get all corrugated cardboard out of all areas of the hospital - not allowing materials management to send any items out of their department in …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 8, 2017

Q: I recently had a state validation inspection and wanted to get some clarification on a few their findings: “K 353: The facility failed to provide complete visual observation checklist …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 7, 2017
Q&AClearance (Life Safety Code)Equipment (Life Safety Code)

Q: What does the NFPA codes and standards require for clearances around electrical panels, fire alarm pull stations, and med gas panels? A: The National Electrical Code (NFPA 70, 2011) …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 6, 2017

Q: Does a door that accesses a construction site within a hospital need to have an automatic closer installed on the access door? What if the door is constructed within …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 3, 2017
Emergency DepartmentArticleAccreditationCMS

The following article was published today online by the HCPro newsletter 'Healthcare Life Safety Compliance', and is reprinted here with permission. In a rather surprising interpretation by the Centers for …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 2, 2017
Environmental RoundsQ&A

Q: I am wondering where I can find the Joint Commission/CMS requirements regarding Environment of Care rounds? We have always practiced twice a year for clinical areas, once a year …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 1, 2017

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