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Door LocksArticle

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... Dead-bolt locks... Up until the 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code, dead-bolt locks were …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 31, 2018
Testing (Generators)GeneratorsArticle

Q: Does our hospital have to test the generator for 30 minutes every week, and then 1-hour once a month? We have programmed our generators to operate every Wednesday at …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 30, 2018
Fire AlarmArticle

Q: I can't seem to find anything in NFPA 72-2010 that says a facility is required to transmit a fire alarm signal to an off-site supervisory station. Our health care …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 29, 2018
Fire DoorsArticleGas CylindersStorage Room

Q: I have an oxygen/med gas storage room that is attached to the hospital, and can only gain access to the room by way of the exterior of building. Does …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 28, 2018
NFPA 99ArticleAccreditation

Q: I need to do the NFPA 99 risk assessment of my hospital. I was told by one of my consultants that I have do this risk assessment from a …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 25, 2018
SafetyArticle

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... Older mechanical equipment rooms are going to be a problem for many hospitals. Ultimately, you …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 24, 2018
Testing (Electrical)ElectricalArticle

Q: What are the requirements for receptacle testing for hospital grade receptacles for existing and new health care facility? A: Section 6.3.4.1.3 of NFPA 99-2012 addresses this issue by saying …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 23, 2018
NFPA 99Electrical EquipmentElectricalArticle

Q: All of our receptacles in patient care rooms are hospital grade and therefore do not have to be tested annually, correct? What I don't understand is section 6.3.4.1.2 of …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 22, 2018
ArticleFire/Smoke DampersNursing Home

Q: I work in a long-term care facility. It used to be that fire dampers had to be tested/inspected every four years, but I’ve heard that has changed with the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 21, 2018
Fire AlarmArticleClarification

The answer to this question was provided by my good friend Gene Rowe, Director of Business Development for Affiliated Fire Systems, Inc., Downers Grove, IL Q: With the impending discontinuation …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 18, 2018
Portable Space HeatersArticle

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... Ah.. Portable electric heaters. A problem for nearly every hospital. Staff gets cold and Facilities …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 17, 2018
Fuel TestGeneratorsArticle

Q: What are the guidelines on the diesel fuel test for the generator as far as having it treated or a sample sent off for testing? A: The new 2012 …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 16, 2018
ArticleCMS

The following is a response I received from a reader after my posting on April 3, 2018 titled Lawmakers Want More Oversight on AOs. This reader put into words the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 15, 2018
ArticleFire Drills

Q: I work in a hospital. When we conduct our routine scheduled fire drills are we required to actually activate the fire alarm pull station, horns or strobes? Are we …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 14, 2018
Electrical EquipmentArticleStorage Room

Q: Are ladders allowed to be stored in electrical closets as long as the egress path is maintained and the 3ft clearance is applied? We had an inspector site 1910303(g)(1)(ii) …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 11, 2018
ArticleSmoke Detectors

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... I guess I like my smoke detectors mounted tight to the ceiling …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 10, 2018
Hazardous WasteArticleWaste Containers

Q: Our facility has a soiled utility room near the main laundry that also holds bagged, sealed, boxed, then sealed again bio-hazardous wasted awaiting removal by the contractor. Is this …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 9, 2018
Life Safety CodeArticle

Just to keep you informed, I have updated one of the more popular forms on my website, and I have added two new forms. The updated form is the Life …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 8, 2018
Fire DoorsArticleDoors

Q: You have stated in previous Q&As that all fire-rated door assemblies must be tested and inspected. I don’t think that is true on fire-rated door assemblies that are not …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 7, 2018
Life Safety CodeArticle

Q: We are renovating a smoke compartment in an existing health care building. There is no change of use or occupancy, should we apply the existing requirements for hazardous rooms? …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 4, 2018
SafetyArticle

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... This picture was taken in a staff lounge on a general med-surge unit. I thought it …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 3, 2018
ArticleNurse Call Systems

Q: Are pull cords required on nurse call stations in outpatient facilities (physical therapy, outpatient surgery centers, etc? A: Based on the FGI Guidelines, nurse call stations in hospital bathrooms, …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 2, 2018
ArticleLife Safety Boot Camp

Registration for the Keyes Life Safety Boot Camp in Atlanta on April 24 & 25, 2018 has closed... Did you want to attend this educational event but missed your chance …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 1, 2018

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