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Smoke BarrierSmoke Compartment

Q: In an EXISTING hospital, when the corridor walls are ALSO a smoke compartment barrier, can the penetrations above the ceiling be sealed with a non-rated sealant or are they …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 30, 2019
Door LocksDoors

Q: I have been asked by a clinic manager at one of our primary care clinics to install a door knob on a split Dutch type door that goes into …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 28, 2019
SuitesAmbulatory Care OccupancyAccreditation

Q: We recently had a surveyor tell us that suites are not allowed in ambulatory healthcare occupancies. Can you help explain this and any code references that support your opinion? …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 26, 2019
Patient Rooms

Q: In our hospital the nurses found the architectural room numbers too confusing and wanted all patient care rooms to be in numerical order, so about 15 years ago they …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 23, 2019
New Construction vs. Existing ConstructionCMS

Q: How do we classify existing versus new construction? Do we look at the date of adoption of the current Life Safety Code as the cutoff? Anything constructed before that …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 21, 2019
Fire BarrierOccupancies

Q: I have a client that is building a new Women’s and Children’s Hospital. The women's component will be licensed to one organization, and the children's component will be licensed …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 19, 2019

Q: We previously built personal protective equipment (PPE) cabinets that are permanently mounted to the wall. These cabinets protrude in to the hallway 5-inches. The previous NFPA guidelines allowed 6-inch …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 16, 2019
Smoke BarrierFire DoorsAccreditationCMS

Q: The Joint Commission standard for annual door testing states "The hospital has written documentation of annual inspection and testing of door assemblies by individuals who can demonstrate knowledge and understanding of …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 14, 2019
Testing (Generators)Inspection & Maintenance (Generators)

Q: Do generators for healthcare need to be load-bank tested annually if they meet the 30% nameplate load requirement during each monthly test? A: No. Load bank testing is only …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 12, 2019
Joint CommissionLife Safety Drawings

Q: The hospital where I work is leased, and the landlord is not a healthcare architect and pushes back on everything. My need is to have the life safety plan …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 9, 2019
Inspection & Maintenance (Fire Suppression SysFire PumpTesting (Fire Suppression Systems)

Q: Is it required to dropped power to your electric driven fire pump while it is running to ensure it starts back up and continues to run on emergency power? …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 7, 2019
AppliancesElectrical Equipment

Q: Our facility is a nursing home. I have been asked a question if a resident can have a clothes iron in their room? I said no and would check …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 5, 2019
Business OccupanciesElevatorsEquipment (Fire Suppression Systems)Equipment (Life Safety Code)Sprinklers

Q: In a physician’s clinic that is claimed to be fully protected with sprinklers, the building elevator control room is not sprinklered. Must I install or can I leave it …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 2, 2019

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