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Mechanical RoomsQ&AStairwells

Q: With the elimination of the CMS Waivers, I was trying to clarify what now applies for mechanical room combustibles storage (i.e. mechanical areas with only stairway and elevator access …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 31, 2017
Q&ADecorations

Q: What (if any) is the regulation on the governance of holiday lights in a healthcare occupancy? A: Section 19.7.5.6 of the 2012 LSC only address combustible decorations, and does …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 30, 2017
Q&AFire AlarmBatteries (Fire Detection Systems)

Q: Can you tell me where I could find the code reference for how often batteries serving fire alarm panels (booster panels, control panels, etc.) need to be replaced based …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 28, 2017
Smoke BarrierQ&ADoors

Q: Are smoke barrier doors and frames required to have a fire rating label? A: No. This seems to be a difficult issue for many people (including surveyors) to grasp …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 25, 2017
Q&AFire Alarm

Q: Recently we had an actual fire that set off our fire alarm. Our operators did not silence the audible horns, which are very loud, before announcing the code and …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 24, 2017
Smoke BarrierQ&ATesting (Life Safety Code)Doors

Q: Do doors in smoke barriers in healthcare occupancies have to be tested and inspected? Section 7.2.1.15.2 of the 2012 Life Safety Code says smoke door assemblies have to be …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 23, 2017
ArticleLife Safety Boot Camp

Understand practical applications of the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code®! Learn from Life Safety surveyors on what to prepare for during surveys! A 2-day Boot Camp on the comprehensive examination …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 22, 2017
Storage (Life Safety Code)Q&ABusiness Occupancies

Q: I am struggling with the Life Safety Code and need some clarification. I have an offsite clinic that is classified as a business occupancy with a basement measuring approximately …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 21, 2017
Professional OrganizationsArticle

ASHE MEMBERS Please Vote for Michael Crowley for ASHE Associate Member Director. Michael (Mike) Crowley has been an active associate member of ASHE for over 20 years, many of which …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 19, 2017
Q&ASecurityCamerasStairwells

Q: What is the Life Safety Code ruling on cameras and speakers in stairwells? Joint Commission was in and cited us on having cameras in the stairwells. We were told …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 18, 2017
Q&ADoor LocksOperating Room

Q: Our operating rooms were constructed with deadbolt locks on each surgical room. I'm told they did this to keep someone from entering the room during a case. Since this …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 17, 2017
Q&AFire Drills

Q: I have a question that is still a little fuzzy regarding fire drills. My hospital is partners with a separate clinic. Several of the clinics throughout the community have …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 16, 2017
ArticleLife Safety Boot Camp

Understand practical applications of the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code®! Learn from Life Safety surveyors on what to prepare for during surveys! A 2-day Boot Camp on the comprehensive examination …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 15, 2017
Q&AFire Drills

Q: Somewhere I read that at least 50% of fire drills had to be unannounced. I don't find that requirement in NFPA Life Safety Code so it may have been …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 14, 2017
Q&ABehavioral Health

Q: I have a behavioral health unit where the lab technicians have placed a chair in the corridor to draw blood samples from the patients. This chair is left in …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 11, 2017
Q&AAccreditation

Q: Our hospital has a room that is used for seclusion in a Behavioral Health unit. The door to this room is locked and it does not allow the patient …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 10, 2017
Cooking AppliancesQ&A

Q: We have an assisted living and basic care units at our facility. We have 48 total units: 24 on the east side and 24 on the west side. On …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 9, 2017
ArticleLife Safety Boot Camp

Understand practical applications of the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code®! Learn from Life Safety surveyors on what to prepare for during surveys! A 2-day Boot Camp on the comprehensive examination …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 8, 2017
Q&ASoiled Utility Room

Q: Is it required that all soiled utility rooms have a dedicated sink for handwashing only? A: The NFPA Life Safety Code and related standards do not address this issue, …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 7, 2017
ArticleSmoke CompartmentCMS

The following article was published in HCPro's Hospital Safety Insider, on August 3, 2017: More than three weeks after a well-publicized compliance deadline passed, CMS announced Friday that the deadline …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 5, 2017
Q&ATesting (Fire Suppression Systems)Sprinklers

Q: I reside in California. Do I need a special license or certificate to perform monthly and quarterly sprinkler systems tests and/or inspections? Primarily, I am interested in main drain …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 4, 2017
Q&ASprinklers

Q: How many spare sprinkler heads are we required to keep on hand in our hospital? Some people have told us we need 6 of each kind of head we …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 3, 2017
Q&APower Strips

Q: As always I enjoy reading your articles and appreciate your opinions. My question this time focuses on special relocatable power taps and is centered around the AIV PowerMate special …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 2, 2017
ArticleLife Safety Boot Camp

Understand practical applications of the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code®! Learn from Life Safety surveyors on what to prepare for during surveys! A 2-day Boot Camp on the comprehensive examination …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 1, 2017

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