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AppliancesArticleOxygen Cylinders

Q: Can you tell me what the rules are for oxygen usage around hair dryers might be? A: As you can imagine, the codes and standards cannot have rules for …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 31, 2018
Electrical EquipmentTesting (Electrical)Article

Do you ever have the feeling for every step forward, you take two steps backward? Regulatory compliance in the healthcare industry is getting tougher and tougher each year with new …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 30, 2018
ArticleCMS

Q: In regards to your answer last week requiring plastic coffee pots to be inspected, is this a code requirement or just a ‘best practice’? I’m not talking about equipment …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 29, 2018
ArticleFacility Services

Q: During a recent survey, we were cited for not having a single-station smoke alarm in our hospital on-call staff sleeping rooms. Since this was cited, I have learned that …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 26, 2018
ElectricalArticle

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen when consulting at hospitals... Access to this electrical panel was obstructed. Staff that was with me did not understand …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 25, 2018
Joint CommissionArticle

A lot has been said and written concerning the changes that Joint Commission has made in regards to their Life Safety chapter for acute-care hospitals, and for good reason. CMS …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 23, 2018
Electrical EquipmentArticle

Q: What's the standard to test small electrical appliances such as plastic coffee pots, etc. with no ground and the patients do not handle in a health care environment? A: …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 22, 2018
Testing (Generators)GeneratorsArticle

Q: We have a generator that doesn’t meet the 30% load for the monthly run so we have to do an annual run with the load at 50% for 30 …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 19, 2018
ElectricalArticle

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen when consulting at hospitals... The odd thing about this situation is the receptacle has been changed out since the fire, …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 18, 2018
Hazardous AreasArticle

Q: Are clean cores for operating room suites considered hazardous thus required to be separated by a 1-hour fire-rated barriers? I have a client who was informed by their accreditation …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 17, 2018
Fire AlarmArticle

I was reviewing some new standards and came across the Positive Alarm Sequence (PAS) issue for fire alarm systems, that the 2012 LSC now permits in fully sprinklered healthcare occupancies …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 16, 2018
Exit SignsArticle

Q: Can illuminated ‘Exit’ signs be replaced with photoluminescent ‘Exit’ signs? If so, does this eliminate the requirement for monthly inspections of ‘Exit’ signs? A: Photoluminescent ‘Exit’ signs are permitted, …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 15, 2018
Emergency Lights (Life Safety Code)Article

Q: We have chosen to install some extra battery egress lights in our hospital that are not required. One of these areas is our stairways. 100% of the lighting in …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 12, 2018
ArticleSigns (Life Safety Code)

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen when consulting at hospitals... Did you notice they did not say 'cigarette butts'? I guess that was to be …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 11, 2018
Hazardous AreasArticle

Q: Our hospital facility was constructed under the new construction chapter 18 in 2000 Life Safety Code, but is now considered existing conditions under the 2012 Life Safety Code. We …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 10, 2018
Ambulatory Care OccupancyEmergency DepartmentArticleHealthcare OccupancyCMS

Q: In a hospital emergency department, can the corridors be 6 feet wide? Can the hospital install an 18-inch deep lockable computer cabinet in the 8 foot ED corridor? A: …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 8, 2018
ArticleCorridorsDoors

Q: A deficiency was found by CMS on a recent survey that stated 'staff failed to provide a safe and hazard free environment by not having all doors protecting corridor …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 5, 2018
ArticleSigns (Life Safety Code)

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen when consulting at hospitals... Okay... who is this sign for? If I touch the wires, then I'm dead... right? …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 4, 2018
Life Safety CodeArticle

Q: The entry door to a surgery sterilization room has a cabinet that prevents the door from opening a full 90 degrees. Is there a minimum allowed opening requirement for …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 3, 2018
SafetyConstructionArticle

I learned recently that a hospital is being sued by the family of a woman who fell in a construction zone and subsequently died. The 85-year-old woman walked past an …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 2, 2018

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