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ArticleFacility Services

Q: Do all of the screw heads in a psych ward need to be tamper proof? A: There is no specific code or standard that addresses screw heads in a …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 30, 2018
Fire DoorsArticle

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... Doors to medical gas storage rooms are required to be fire-rated. Fire-rated doors cannot have …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 29, 2018
Fire DoorsArticle

Q: We have metal "bumpers" (for lack of a better term) that were fabricated onsite at our hospital, that are used to keep carts and beds for damaging the doors …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 28, 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 | Nov 27, 2018
GeneratorsArticle

Q: I have two questions regarding spark-ignited emergency power generators: What maintenance tests are required for natural or propane Generators? Are load bank test required for Natural gas or Propane …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 26, 2018
ArticleTemperature

Q: I work in the Central Processing department and yesterday they upped the temperature to 72 - 73 degrees in decontam and the clean side. I always thought it had …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 23, 2018
ArticleCorridors

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... These portable X-ray units were double-parked in the adjunct corridor to the radiology control room …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 22, 2018
ArticleInfection Control

Q: I’m butting heads with our Infection Control group regarding holes in construction barriers. They have started requiring the contractors to make the construction sites negative air-pressure, which is fine, …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 21, 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 | Nov 20, 2018
ArticleCorridors

Q: Is there a codified requirement for doors in a cabinet mounted in a hospital egress corridor? We have worked on projects when a nurse server; i.e., pass through cabinet, …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 19, 2018
Life Safety CodeDecorations

Q: We are a fully sprinkled hospital. Is it permissible to hang Christmas garland from the ceiling, as long as we stay away from sprinkler heads and abide by the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 17, 2018
ArticlePatient RoomsSprinklers

Q: Are sprinklers required in patient room lockers for existing facilities? A: No… Section 8.1.1 (7) of NFPA 13-2010 says furniture not intended for occupancy is not required to be …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 16, 2018
ElectricalArticle

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... Remember I have been saying that clearance must be maintained in front of electrical panels …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 15, 2018
Fire AlarmArticleSmoke Detectors

Q: If a smoke detecting device is disabled for a breathing treatment (often for several days), what sort of fire watch, notification or signage is necessary? A: None. Fire watches …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 14, 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 | Nov 13, 2018
ArticleCorridors

Q: It appears that the LSC allows up to 50 square feet of unprotected storage but also includes language that suggests it may need to be protected in accordance with …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 12, 2018
Electrical EquipmentElectrical

On October 23, 2018, I posted a picture of this illuminated pumpkin and wrote that the extension cord could not be used since Article 400.8 (3) of NFPA 70-2011 says …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 10, 2018
ElectricalArticle

Q: Under CMS, is it possible to use a UL listed power cord (extension cord), permanently attached to the equipment assembly providing it meets the ampacity requirements? If yes, what …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 9, 2018
ArticleCorridors

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... Do you ever think about your corridor wall sconce light fixtures projecting more than 4-inches into …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 8, 2018
Extinguishing SystemsArticle

Q: We recently had our fire sprinkler inspection and was informed by the vendor that with the new 2012 LSC updates, every fire hose connection valve weather it is 1½ …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 7, 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 | Nov 6, 2018
ArticleDoors

Q: I had an independent Life Safety inspection and during the inspection the inspector cited me for my 2-hour fire door frames not having a fire rating visible. I explained …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 5, 2018
DecorationsArticle

Q: You once said this regarding bulletin board decorations: If the bulletin board is decorated then yes; it is counted as decorations. But if the bulletin board is simply communication …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 2, 2018
Fire AlarmArticle

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... We already talked about this issue on 'Strange Observations - Part 20' posted April 5, …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 1, 2018

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