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SuitesVentilationHVACOperating Room

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 …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 29, 2019
ArticleInfection Control

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... When I consult at a hospital or an ambulatory surgical center, I always gown-up and …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | 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 rating allowed to surround the perimeter …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 27, 2019
Joint CommissionGFCI ReceptaclesElectrical ReceptacleAccreditation

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 interrupter) receptacles. One of our …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 26, 2019
Healthcare OccupancyFire Drills

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 building names …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | 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 form of …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 22, 2019
ArticleSignage (Life Safety Code)Signs (Life Safety Code)

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... The door in the picture is to a courtyard where patients may go and enjoy …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 21, 2019
VentilationSterile 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 hospital facility? …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | 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 be done …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 19, 2019
Business OccupanciesAlcohol Based Hand Rub Dispensers

Q: In a business occupancy building, can alcohol based hand-rub dispensers be placed over carpeted area with no sprinklers? A: Maybe yes and maybe no… It all depends on which …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | 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 answered …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 17, 2019
Documentation (Fire Suppression Systems)Spare Sprinkler ListSprinklers

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 itemized …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 15, 2019
ArticleCorridorsSprinklers

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... The good news is you have an alcove in the corridor where you can store …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 14, 2019
StairwellsStairsSignage (Life Safety Code)Signs (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 replace all their signs to …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | 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 been …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 12, 2019
Electrical EquipmentPower Strips

Q: Are there any life safety rules regarding the use of extension cords in the operating room? A: According to NFPA 70-2011, Article 400.8 (1), extension cords are permitted as …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | 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 pull cord in a patient …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 8, 2019
Signs (Facilities Management)ArticleCorridorsSignage (Life Safety Code)Signs (Life Safety Code)

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... The discharge door for a stairwell opened out onto the 1st floor corridor, where egress …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | 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 …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | 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 the Life Safety …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 5, 2019
ConstructionFire BarrierWalls

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 …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | 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 a …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 1, 2019

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