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Signs (Fire Suppression Systems)Fire ExtinguishersArticle

Q: I was wondering if there was a specific regulation that states exactly where fire extinguisher signs need to be located. Is there a difference between patient area and staff …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 29, 2018
Fire ExtinguishersArticle

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... I get it... I understand that many people like to decorate their work area to …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 28, 2018
SeparationArticleOccupancies

Q: I am a consultant hired by a health system to review a potential building they want to purchase. The architect on this project tells me that the building is …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 27, 2018
ArticleNurse Call SystemsFacility Services

Q: We have a behavioral health unit and want to know if pull-cords are required on the nurse-call system in the patient bathroom? Is there an alternative to cords so …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 25, 2018
Alcohol Based Hand Rub DispensersArticle

Q: We currently have ABHR installed on the outside of our patient bays and would like to install an additional dispenser in the patient bay itself (at the point of …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 22, 2018
ArticleSprinklers

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... This one is confusing... You have a standard backflow preventer in the water supply line …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 21, 2018
HumidityArticleTemperature

Q: Where do I find in the code that tells me where required temperature and humidity must be monitored? We have our accreditation organization here, and they mentioned our Sterile …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 20, 2018
Testing (Electrical)ElectricalArticle

Q: Is there a code in the 2012 LSC about testing electrical receptacles around hospital beds? A: Well… actually, that would be in the NFPA 99-2012 code/standard, and the answer …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 18, 2018
Electrical EquipmentArticle

Q: What required inspections are needed for non-patient care electrical equipment and at what intervals should they be completed in. I cannot find anything definitive in NFPA 99 - 2012 …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 15, 2018
ArticleSprinklers

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... This picture is a cousin to last week's picture.... you have a ball valve in …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 14, 2018
Life Safety CodeElevatorsArticle

Q: We have a hospital that was built in 2008. We believe there is an elevator construction issue. When they built the elevator shafts they put smoke detectors inside at …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 13, 2018
Door LocksArticle

Q: A while ago, you made a posting that said a deadbolt lock on a door in the means of egress (such as an aluminum-framed glass sliding door at the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 12, 2018
Door LocksArticleStairwells

Q: Can a stairwell door that leads to the outside of a hospital be locked with a lock that requires a code to unlock it? I seem to recall that …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 11, 2018
Medical GasArticleEquipment (Medical Gas)

Q: As a hospital security assessor, I am concerned about the availability of hospital gases in Behavioral Health Units. It would be easy for a patient to pull the tab …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 8, 2018
ArticleSprinklers

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... Ugh. How did this ever get installed? All sprinkler control valves are required to have …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 7, 2018
Fire PumpArticleTesting (Fire Suppression Systems)

Q: I have always tested my fire pumps on a weekly basis, but now I’ve heard from a consultant there is a new standard that says only a monthly run …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 6, 2018
ArticleOccupancies

Q: Back in June of 2017, you posted an article about “Inpatients in Outpatient Locations”, but I am unable to access that posting. Can you re-post that article as I …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 5, 2018
Fire AlarmArticle

Q: Are you aware of any accrediting organization requiring the hospital to have an addressable fire alarm system installed? If so, what organizations? Please explain the rationale and any supporting …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 4, 2018
Signs (Facilities Management)NFPA 99Article

Q: According to Joint Commission standard EC.02.05.09 EP4 it is requiring this sign: “Positive Pressure Gases: NO Smoking or Open Flame. Room May Have Insufficient Oxygen. Open Door and Allow …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 1, 2018

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