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Q: I have several hospitals that have been cited by surveyors for having carpet in the stairwells. Can you tell me if there is any code requirement that states that …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 30, 2017
Q&AStandpipe Flow TestsSprinklers

Q: We have a water-flow switch on the line that rises through a nursing wing stairwell and feeds the hose cabinets. There are no longer any hoses in the cabinets …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 29, 2017
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Q: Do we include information boards/bulletin boards content when calculation of the percentage of wall and ceiling area of combustible decorations in a smoke compartment? A: It depends…. If the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 28, 2017

Q: Can I install security cameras in stairwells A: You can…. But be prepared to remove them. Many Accreditation Organizations (AOs) and most states who survey on behalf of CMS …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 27, 2017

Q: What if anything can be stored in a room called trash chute collection room? We have housekeeping wanting to store boxes of new waste receptacles in there. I think …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 24, 2017
Q&AFire Doors

Q: We are planning to install double egress doors within the corridor for the purpose of separating the clean OR area from the dirty side. The doors and frame that …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 23, 2017

Q: I am being told by a building engineer that low voltage cable cannot be attached (i.e. wire-tied) to existing conduits in the hospital. In ten-plus years in this business …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 22, 2017
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Q: Are existing healthcare occupancies required to have smoke detectors if they are fully sprinklered? A: Smoke detectors are required in certain areas of healthcare occupancies, but they are not dependent …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 21, 2017
Q&AEyewash Stations

Q: I have been told several different ways that our facility didn't have an eye wash station in our janitor’s closet. So, I was told to purchase the single-use portable …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 20, 2017
Q&AOxygen Cylinders

Q: I am a consultant and I have a hospital that was cited for co-mingling full and not-full ‘E’ size oxygen cylinders on a rack located on the loading dock …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 17, 2017
Q&ADoor LocksStairwells

Q: We have a potential elopement risk at the nursing home where I work. A patient gets into the stairwell and down to the first floor and exits the building …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 16, 2017

Q: We are looking to construct a surgery center which will be classified as Healthcare Occupancy on the third floor of an existing five story building which is classified as …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 15, 2017
Emergency Response Plan (Accreditation/CertificatiQ&A

Q: Is there a specific time-limit required by the accreditation organizations for decontamination purposes, from activation of a drill to being able to put victims through a decontamination tent? A: …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 13, 2017
Storage (Life Safety Code)Q&AUnder SInk

Q: Is there a Life Safety Code requirement for cabinet doors to be locked underneath sinks in patient rooms, in a hospital? A: No… There is no Life Safety Code …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 10, 2017
Q&ADoor Locks

Q: I currently serve as plant operations director at a nursing home in east Tennessee. State surveys questioned the locking arrangement on bathroom doors used both by the public and …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 9, 2017
Q&AHazardous Areas

Q: I recently heard that a hospital was cited for leaving a construction cart unattended in the hall and the surveyor inventoried the entire cart and cited the hospital for …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 8, 2017

Q: Our hospital has round door knobs to latch cross corridor smoke doors. I am thinking this is not okay. Does the Life Safety Code address this? A: Other than …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 6, 2017
Smoke BarrierQ&AFire Barrier

Q: Are doors in fire rated barriers also required to be listed and installed as a smoke barrier? A: No… Fire rated barriers are not necessarily smoke barriers. They are …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 3, 2017
Q&ABusiness OccupanciesEmergency Lights (Life Safety Code)

Q: I have a question concerning an ambulatory surgery center that is now converted over to a business office only. We are not doing any patient care in this facility …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 2, 2017

Q: We are being told by our local AHJ that a stairwell in a 2 story building has to be 2-hour fire resistance rated so that it meets the requirements …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 1, 2017

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