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Alcohol Based Hand Rub DispensersArticle

Q: Are alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR) dispensers allowed in Operating Rooms or Operating Room suites. We could not find a prohibition of them in LSC -- just double checking. A: …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 31, 2018
ArticleStairs

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... No... this picture is not an optical illusion. That step between the floor and the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 30, 2018
ArticleILSM

Q: Our hospital has a few offsite locations – family practice clinic, occupational health clinic, and soon to be an urgent care clinic. It is my understanding that these facilities …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 29, 2018
ArticleCeilings (Fire Suppression Systems)

Q: Do missing ceiling tiles in a suspended ceiling create a Life Safety Code deficiency in an existing business occupancy? Should section 4.6.12.2 of the 2012 Life Safety Code apply …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 27, 2018
Life Safety CodeArticle

Q: One of our doctors wants me to mount a large sharps container just inside the wall. It won't hinder the door, but I'm wondering if there are any safety …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 24, 2018
Emergency DepartmentArticle

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... This is not only strange... but this is morbid. Right across the street from the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 23, 2018
ArticleOxygen Cylinders

Q: Can oxygen tanks be stored under a stretcher or on a wheelchair when no patient is present.? Would this be considered in use? A: Yes… As long as the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 22, 2018
Life Safety Code

Hello everyone.... By now you've probably noticed a new home-page to my website. We made upgrades and improvements that should make it easier for you to find a specific topic …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 21, 2018
HumidityArticleTemperature

Q: How often are we required to log the room temperature, humidity levels, and air changes in our OR's? Is this required daily, each shift, hourly? What about the other …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 20, 2018
Life Safety CodeGeneratorsArticle

Q: My client installed a generator in a Phase 1 project that does not and will not for some time be able to meet the requirements for the 30% load during …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 17, 2018
ArticleHVAC

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... Okay... this was not taken at a hospital. This AC condensing unit was suspended from 2x4s …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 16, 2018
VentilationArticle

Q: In the 1999 Edition of NFPA 99, it mentions for medical gas storage systems more than 3,000 cubic feet, if the door opens to an exit access corridor, louvered …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 15, 2018
Q&AOxygen Cylinders

Q: Can full oxygen cylinders be stored in a hospital soiled utility room? A: Yes… however, anything stored in a soiled utility room is considered soiled. That would require staff …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 13, 2018
Q&AExit Signs

Q: Is there a code that states every mechanical room needs an ‘Exit’ sign? I am being pressed to do so and I understand if the exit is obvious you …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 10, 2018
ArticleEgress

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... This hospital wanted to 'fence off' access to the MRI when it was not staffed …

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

Q: Is there a regulation that requires lighting in the oxygen tank farm at a healthcare facility? A: From a means of egress point of view, perhaps not. It would …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 8, 2018
Life Safety CodeArticle

Q: Several residents in our LTC home have had a screw installed in the track for the privacy curtain, so that they do not slide. My concern is that this …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 6, 2018
Life Safety CodeArticle

Q: Does CMS or Joint Commission require Administration and Board information to be kept archived? For how long? A: I am not aware of any CMS or Joint Commission regulation …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 3, 2018
Electrical EquipmentArticle

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... See anything unsafe about this electrical panel...? Here is another example that equipment rooms are …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 2, 2018
ArticleDoors

Q: Can you verify what a window frame rating should be in a 1-hr load bearing wall? Does the frame need to maintain the 1-hr rating of the wall or …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 1, 2018

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