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ArticleWaste Containers

Q: I have a question regarding recycling containers referenced in section 19.7.5.7.2 of the 2012 LSC. It outlines the requirements for clean recycling and patient records awaiting destruction. Do the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 31, 2018
Boot CampLife Safety CodeArticleLife Safety Boot Camp

Understand practical applications of the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code®! Learn from a Life Safety surveyor on what to prepare for during surveys! A 2-day Boot Camp on the comprehensive …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 30, 2018
Fire DoorsArticle

Q: I have a concern regarding the use of fire pins in fire rated door leaves: Since the latching feature of these devices is not testable (that I'm aware of, …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 29, 2018
Accreditation

This is a special posting to let you know there are 6 new forms on the 'Tools' webpage for you to download for free: Advantages if the Building is Sprinklered …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 27, 2018
Fire WatchArticle

Q: We are looking for guidance now that the language of "If a fire watch is required, fire/smoke detection or alarm system outage" has become a point of conversation with …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 26, 2018
ArticleCorridors

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... Sorry for another out-of-focus picture. I was still having difficulty adjusting to my new smart …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 25, 2018
ArticleCorridors

Q: We have a behavioral health unit and our administration would like to install lockers for visitors. However, there is only one location for these lockers and that is in …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 24, 2018
Life Safety Code

Here's a strange observation (on a Tuesday?) that I saw recently at a nurse station... An electric pumpkin powered by an extension cord. Even though the electric pumpkin was UL …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 23, 2018
Fire DoorsArticle

Q: We used our recently updated Life Safety drawings to have our fire doors inspected. The inspector cited us for aluminum astragals on 13 doors. His report stated that they …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 22, 2018
ArticleFire Drills

Q: A question was brought up today about whether or not what we are doing for fire drills meets code. Currently, as a high-rise hospital (12 floors), we are conducting …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 19, 2018
ArticleCorridors

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... I apologize for the photo being out of focus. I only had my new smart …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 18, 2018
ArticleCorridors

Q: I have a CEO that wants furnishings (seating) in the corridor. I informed her that would be acceptable if we maintained five feet and the furnishings are bolted to …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 17, 2018
Decorations

Q: I enjoyed your recent post regarding Christmas decorations. However, can you please simplify for me the rules on Christmas decorations in hospitals? The percentages are a little confusing, I …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 16, 2018
ArticleFacility Services

Q: Within our X-ray department we have a room (7 1/2 ft. by10 ft.) that was our dark room for film reading years ago. We would like to make this …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 15, 2018
Fire ExtinguishersArticle

Q: What are your thoughts on using CO2 extinguishers in an HVAC mechanical room, instead of an ABC type? A: It likely would be a situation where you would be …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 12, 2018
ElectricalArticle

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... Clearance to all electrical equipment (i.e. panels and disconnect switches) must be maintained for 36 …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 11, 2018
ArticleTesting (Fire Detection Systems)

Q: During our inspection our surveyor was looking for 3/8" holes, 3 feet upstream, before the smoke detectors in the ductwork. He requested testing procedures for the duct detectors from …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 10, 2018
Decorations

Q: I notified our administration that Christmas decorations are basically forbidden in a healthcare occupancy. We do have a few floors that are business occupancy and they were wondering what …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 9, 2018
ArticleCorridorsDoors

Q: I have a healthcare occupancy under existing construction. The building was built back in the 50's and 60's, with a major renovation in 1992. The available plans have indicated …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 8, 2018
Emergency Lights (Life Safety Code)Article

Q: NFPA 101-2012, section 7.9.3 requires 1½-hour testing of battery powered emergency lights annually. The Joint Commissions wording of EC.02.05.07 EP-2 states to do that OR the hospital replaces all …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 5, 2018
ArticleStairs

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... The step up (or down) is more than 8-inches permitted for a riser. Steps will …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 4, 2018
Fire DoorsArticle

Q: If I replace a smoke barrier door with a fire door, does the wall now have to be brought up to fire-rated wall code or will it still be …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 3, 2018
Article

Q: Can clean paper towels/toilet paper be stored in a Housekeeping closet with an EVS cart and service sink? A: It depends on the interpretation of an EVS janitor’s sink …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 1, 2018

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