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Inspection & Maintenance (Electrical)Door LocksAccreditationTesting (Fire Detection Systems)CMS

Q: Is there a code requirement for testing magnetic-locking devices, for a facility maintenance director? A: There is a requirement in NFPA 72-2010, section 14.4.5 that all interface devices (ie …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 29, 2019
Testing (Generators)Equipment (Generators)Inspection & Maintenance (Generators)

Q: We are going to have temporary generators onsite for two months that we will use during our construction project to replace the main power distribution gear for our bed …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 26, 2019
ArticleHVACSprinklers

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... This is another picture of sprinkler pipe supported from HVAC ductwork, similar to last week's …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 25, 2019
VentilationHVAC

Q: We have two small processing rooms in a hospital where they clean and reprocess vaginal probes, using the chemical RESERT. Should these rooms be held to the same standard …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 24, 2019
Joint CommissionPortable Space Heaters

Q: Could you please clear up a concern related to section 19.7.8 of the 2012 Life Safety Code, that addresses Portable Space-Heating Devices? Section 19.7.8 (1) states such devices are …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 22, 2019
ArticleHVACSprinklers

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... Some organizations fail to install sprinklers underneath the ductwork that is 48-inches wide or wider …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 18, 2019
Fire AlarmFire Alarm Notification DevicesOn Call Sleeping Rooms

Q: In regards to audio/visual strobes in staff sleeping rooms, is it required for them to hear the fire alarm system? A: According to section 26.3.4.5.1 of the 2012 Life …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 17, 2019
Fire ExtinguishersOperating Room

Q: At our hospital there is some question about which type of portable fire extinguisher should be installed in our operating rooms. We can't find an actual requirement for this …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 15, 2019
Fire Extinguishers

Q: Do fire extinguishers that are placed in patient care areas of a hospital have to be placed in a wall cabinet, or can they hang from the wall? A: …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 12, 2019
ArticleUtilities

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... Ah... This is plain ugly. As you can see, water ran into this electrical junction-box …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 11, 2019
Fire AlarmDuct DetectosSmoke Dampers

Q: With regard to testing duct detectors in a hospital, I understand that on an annual basis the automatic shutdown of the AHU's must be verified when duct detectors are …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 10, 2019
Automatic Transfer SwitchesEquipment (Generators)Storage (Generators)

Q: I am a consultant and I visited an ASC that had a natural gas generator housed indoors, located in the basement of the facility. The ATS switch was located …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 8, 2019
Storage (Life Safety Code)SeparationFire BarrierParking GarageOccupancies

Q: We have a three-story parking structure attached to a hospital. The top floor of the parking structure is not covered and is open to the atmosphere. Is the exterior …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 5, 2019
ArticleStairs

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... The maximum rise in a existing construction step is 8-inches. The step in the picture …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 4, 2019
Fire AlarmFire Alarm Notification DevicesOperating Room

Q: Can you explain the fire alarm notification appliance location requirements as it pertains to the operating room? I seem to recall that there's no requirement to have them in …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 3, 2019
StairwellsSignage (Life Safety Code)Signs (Life Safety Code)Egress

Q: Can signage, other than that specifically required for inside a fire exit stairwell according to the LSC, be placed inside a fire exit stairwell? A: Technically… no. According to …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 1, 2019

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