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Hazardous AreasArticle

Q: What is the guidance on clean utility rooms and door closers? Under 50 square feet no closer is required, but over 50 square feet a closer is required? Does …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 30, 2018
Fire AlarmArticle

Q: I work in a healthcare facility and we are in need to find an answer to a question regarding strobe lights. When we test our fire alarm system, and …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 27, 2018
ArticleEyewash Stations

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... Oh gross.... How would you like to have to use an eyewash station and this …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 26, 2018
Joint CommissionArticle

Q: We are expecting Joint Commission at our hospital soon. Since they will no longer look at the PFI lists, is it advisable to keep our current open PFIs open …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 25, 2018
Main DrainArticle

Q: Has the frequency for the main drain testing changed from annually to quarterly? A: Yes… but not for all the main drain test locations. The new 2012 LSC now …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 23, 2018
ConstructionArticleEquipment (Life Safety Code)

Q: We have an alcove in our surgery center that we are wanting to place patient refrigerator, ice machine, coffee pot. Currently there isn't a door- it is an alcove …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 20, 2018
ArticleSprinklers

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... This is pretty easy to spot... A sprinkler hanger used to support copper medical gas …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 19, 2018
Fire ExtinguishersArticle

Q: Are portable fire extinguishers required in business occupancies? A: Yes… Section 38.3.5 of the 2012 Life Safety Code says portable fire extinguishers must be provided in every business occupancy …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 18, 2018
Business OccupanciesExitsArticleHealthcare Occupancy

Q: A main circulation corridor in a Hospital (Institutional Use I-2, 8' wide) passes thru the 2-Hr Use Group separation of adjacent medical offices (Business Use B) and re-enters the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 16, 2018
WaiversEquivalenciesArticle

Q: When do I complete an FSES equivalency request, before the survey or after the survey? Where do I find the forms need to complete an FSES equivalency? What is …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 13, 2018
Walking Surface

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... Section 7.1.6.2 of the 2012 LSC says there shall be no abrupt changes in elevation …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 12, 2018
Fire DoorsFire AlarmArticle

Q: My accreditation organization has a standard that says "testing and inspection of fire door assemblies needs to be conducted by a qualified person." By what specifically do they mean …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 11, 2018
Life Safety CodeArticle

Q: What are the time frames for repairing life safety deficiencies found during routine inspections? How much time would be allowed to repair emergency exit signs, or failed smoke detectors? …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 9, 2018
Emergency DepartmentArticleCorridors

Q: What is the minimum acceptable clearance required in an Emergency Department corridor? Currently there is a crash cart stored for rapid accessibility and the distance directly in front of …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 6, 2018
Fire ExtinguishersElectricalArticle

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... Equipment rooms can be a major source of findings for surveyors. Mostly because equipment rooms …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 5, 2018
Exit SignsArticle

Q: Do ‘Exit’ signs with battery backup require the same testing as emergency lighting in the path of egress as indicted in section 7.10.9.1 of the 2012 Life Safety Code? …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 2, 2018

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