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Q&AWaiversCMS

Q: If a building changes ownership, do waivers stay active with their 1-year window or do the new owners have to resubmit if the building is cited the same deficiency? …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 31, 2017
Q&AHazardous Areas

Q: Is it okay to store latex paint in a mechanical/air handler room? The mechanical room is located in the hospital and is in a 2 hour fire rated wall …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 30, 2017
Q&AOxygen Cylinders

Q: Our Respiratory Therapist has brought this question to me and I wanted your input. We have the new ‘E’ size oxygen cylinders that are called Oxytote. They are the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 27, 2017
Q&AFire Doors

Q: Other than the annual fire door inspection that is required in the 2012 Life Safety Code, are there other inspections required? Fire doors that are included are also single …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 26, 2017
Q&ALaundry

Q: Do hospitals and nursing homes need to have a Laundry Policy? If so, what should the policy cover and what specific information should the policy contain? A: From a …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 25, 2017
Q&AFire DoorsTesting (Life Safety Code)LSC

Q: Now that we have some clarification from CMS on annual door inspection [See CMS S&C memo 17-38, dated July 28, 2017], I wanted to see if there was any …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 24, 2017
SuitesQ&ACorridorsDoors

Q: We have a double egress, cross-corridor door which will enter a suite under a renovation project. The suite wall is also an existing smoke barrier wall, separating smoke compartments …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 23, 2017
Q&ABusiness OccupanciesFire Drills

Q: Our hospital has several "out buildings" or offsite Doctor's offices. Are we required to do fire drills at these offices? Three of our buildings have fire alarm systems that …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 20, 2017
Q&ADoor Locks

Q: Is it legal for a deadbolt lock to have a thumb turn on the inside where the user needs to "push and turn" to open rather than just turn …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 19, 2017
Q&ADoorsAnteroom

Q: We have an isolation room next to a nurse station in the Emergency room. The corridor door to the Anteroom has a door closer on it. My question: does …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 18, 2017
Q&AInfection Control

A 'Conversation' Regarding Environmental Services Closets Q #1: Are housekeeping closets considered clean or dirty rooms and what type of supplies can you store in them? EVS is being advised by …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 17, 2017
Storage (Life Safety Code)Q&ASprinklers

Q: We have a surveyor that says if we have portable storage racks against the perimeter walls and have items stored closer than 18 inches of the ceiling but the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 16, 2017
Storage (Life Safety Code)Q&ACorridors

Q: If I had a hallway (breezeway which connects two healthcare occupancies) which is greater than 8 feet wide (approximately 12ft) and beds and other equipment (usually broken chairs) are …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 13, 2017
Q&AFire AlarmAEM Program (Accreditation/Certification)Sprinklers

Q: Are sprinklers, smoke detectors, etc. considered to be operating components of the utility systems? If so, our inspections are based on the pertinent NFPA references. I think that the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 12, 2017
Q&AFireplaces

Q: Are gas-fired ventless fire places permitted in nursing homes? A: I would say they are not permitted, but it has a lot to do whether or not the gas …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 11, 2017
Q&APower StripsCMS

Q: There is so much discussion on the proper use of power strips that it can cause confusion amongst even the seasoned facility managers. There is absolutely no guarantee that …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 10, 2017
Q&AEgress

Q: Where in the ambulatory health care occupancy chapter of the Life Safety Code does it permit to have a means of egress from an ASC or a suite within …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 9, 2017
Survey FindingsArticle

In preparation for a survey hospitals frequently train their staff to only answer the questions of the surveyors without providing any more information. This has proven to be good advice …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 6, 2017
Q&ATrailerOperating Room

Q: A hospital is building a small addition that will serve as a corridor to a mobile OR unit. ICC construction type of addition is I-B. The mobile OR will …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 5, 2017
Q&AFire Safety Plan

Q: Can testing and inspections of features of life safety be completed in-house or does a third party need to complete them? I would like to know which areas need …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 4, 2017
Article

Hello readers... If you are not already aware of this, I am a one-person organization. I do have a partner (Alise Howlett, of Codenity) when I do boot camps, but …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 3, 2017
Q&AOperating RoomFire Drills

Q: What are the requirement for operating room fire drills per Joint Commission, CMS, and AORN? Are operating room fire drills required to evacuate patients? A: I cannot speak to …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 2, 2017

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