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      Operating Room HVAC Suites Ventilation

      Q: I have a small 28 bed hospital with one OR suite. Within the OR suite are sterile rooms, a soiled room, and of course the Operating Room, etc. We are…

      Bob Armbrister | Mar 29, 2019
      Article Infection Control

      Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals...

      Bob Armbrister | Mar 28, 2019
      Hazardous Areas

      Q: When dividing hazardous areas (particularly storage rooms exceeding 100 square feet), if there are several rooms in one area, is the one-hour fire…

      Bob Armbrister | Mar 27, 2019
      Electrical Receptacle Joint Commission Accreditation GFCI Receptacles

      Q: We had our Joint Commission inspection today and they cited us for water coolers and ice machines not being plugged into GFCI (ground-fault circuit…

      Bob Armbrister | Mar 26, 2019
      Fire Drills Healthcare Occupancy

      Q: There is a lot of confusion on how many fire drills we have to complete. We have 3 towers where there is healthcare, all connected, but different…

      Bob Armbrister | Mar 25, 2019
      Nurse Call Systems

      Q: My facility is upgrading from a hard-wired to a wireless nurse call system. Our safety and supply manager is concerned that call systems have to have a…

      Bob Armbrister | Mar 22, 2019
      Article Signs (Life Safety Code) Signage (Life Safety Code)

      Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals...

      Bob Armbrister | Mar 21, 2019
      Ventilation Sterile Storage

      Q: What are the ventilation, air exchange and air pressure standards for an area in a very old basement that is being used to sanitize equipment in a…

      Bob Armbrister | Mar 20, 2019
      Testing (Medical Gas)

      Q: In regards to medical gas system testing, our local AHJ uses NFPA 99-2015 edition. My corporate office has stated that there are no PM’s that have to…

      Bob Armbrister | Mar 19, 2019
      Business Occupancies Alcohol Based Hand Rub Dispensers

      Q: In a business occupancy building, can alcohol based hand-rub dispensers be placed over carpeted area with no sprinklers?

      Bob Armbrister | Mar 18, 2019
      Life Safety Code

      Well, no, it's not my birthday, but 10-years ago today I published my first post on this website. In 10 short years, I have made over 1,150 postings, and…

      Bob Armbrister | Mar 17, 2019
      Sprinklers Documentation (Fire Suppression Systems) Spare Sprinkler List

      Q: NFPA 13, 2010 edition, sections 6.2.9.7 & 6.2.9.7.1: Do I read this to mean every sprinkler in every room and hallway in a hospital should be on an…

      Bob Armbrister | Mar 15, 2019
      Corridors Sprinklers Article

      Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals...

      Bob Armbrister | Mar 14, 2019
      Stairwells Signs (Life Safety Code) Stairs Signage (Life Safety Code)

      Q: With the new 2012 Life Safety Code adoption, my question is around the stairwell signage and 7.2.2.5.4.1. Hospitals are confused whether they have to…

      Bob Armbrister | Mar 13, 2019
      Electrical Receptacle

      Q: There seems to be some confusion on the use of multiplug outlet adaptors such as changing the receptacle from 2 outlet to 6 in our hospital. I have…

      Bob Armbrister | Mar 12, 2019
      Power Strips Electrical Equipment

      Q: Are there any life safety rules regarding the use of extension cords in the operating room?

      Bob Armbrister | Mar 11, 2019
      Nurse Call Systems

      Q: Can you reference the standard, code or any information from Joint Commission, CMS or any other regulatory organization on the length of the emergency…

      Bob Armbrister | Mar 8, 2019
      Corridors Article Signs (Life Safety Code) Signage (Life Safety Code) Signs (Facilities Management)

      Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals...

      Bob Armbrister | Mar 7, 2019
      Corridors

      Q: Is there a limit to the size an alcove can be in a smoke compartment right off of the corridor? I understand equipment can be stored in alcoves but is…

      Bob Armbrister | Mar 6, 2019
      Testing (Generators) Batteries (Generators)

      As you may be aware, you are now permitted to have maintenance free batteries to start your generators. Previous to the adoption of the 2012 edition of…

      Bob Armbrister | Mar 5, 2019
      Construction Fire Barrier Walls

      Q: I have a surgery suite that had a hole punched into the wall by the door knob. Is there anything in LSC that states " if a hole is made in a surgery…

      Bob Armbrister | Mar 4, 2019
      Exit Enclosure

      Q: We have an enclosed room in an exit enclosure that is being used as a classroom. I'm using NFPA 101, 2015 LSC, section 7.2.2.5.3 Usable Space. Is this…

      Bob Armbrister | Mar 1, 2019