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Smoke DetectorsCeilings (Facilities Management)Sprinklers

Q: My facility is installing perforated ceiling tiles because it looks "modern" and does not look like the old healthcare setting. With the perforation in the ceiling tiles, does this …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 30, 2019
SecurityLife Safety CodeEmergency Response Plan (Facilities Management)

Last week, I shared a brief checklist for evaluating your hospital emergency operations plan and now, I'm here to share a couple of free resources with you to aid in …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 24, 2019
Storage (Medical Gas)Gas Cylinders

Q: In healthcare, when calculating the 300 cubic feet of oxidizing gases like oxygen and nitrous oxide, do "air" tanks figure into the calculation? A: Yes… According to 3.3.128 of …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 23, 2019
Manual Stop SwitchTesting (Generators)

Q: Are there any regular testing requirements for Generator Remote Shutdown Switches? A: Yes… sort of. Section 8.4.1 of NFPA 110-2010 says generators, including all appurtenant components, shall be inspected …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 20, 2019

Q: Where does "Homelike Environment" end and fire safety begin? We have a resident in our nursing home who likes to push-pin everything she makes in activities to her wall …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 18, 2019

Q: Is there presently a date in place in which existing Healthcare Occupancies (remaining portions or in their entirety) must be fully sprinklered? A: Yes and no. All existing high-rise …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 16, 2019
Ambulatory Care OccupancyLife Safety CodeFire Drills

Q: We have 13 off-site Ambulatory Surgery Centers and some are in stand-alone buildings where they are the only occupant and some are in high rise Medical Office Buildings (MOB) …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 13, 2019
Life Safety Code

Hospital emergency operations plans can be overwhelming to produce and maintain. Not only can they be time-consuming to develop, but a challenge is to keep it user-friendly too. This resource …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 12, 2019
Fire AlarmSmoke DetectorsOn Call Sleeping Rooms

Q: During a recent survey, we were cited for not having a single-station smoke alarm in our hospital on-call staff sleeping rooms. Since this was cited, I have learned that …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 11, 2019
Hazardous AreasGift Shops

Q: Are gift shops stilled classified as hazardous areas if they have quantities of combustibles? I do not see the standard for gift shops to be classified as hazardous areas in …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 9, 2019
Inspection & Maintenance (Fire Suppression SysFire Extinguishers

Q: For annual fire extinguisher inspection how long before and how long after do you have to re-tag? A: NFPA 10-2010 section says fire extinguishers shall be subjected to …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 6, 2019
Emergency DepartmentSecurity

Q: What resources can hospitals use to manage workplace violence? A: The law enforcement department in your community is a significant resource for healthcare in designing a united front in …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 5, 2019
Automatic Transfer SwitchesTesting (Generators)Inspection & Maintenance (Generators)

Q: We have a generator that doesn’t meet the 30% load for the monthly run so we have to do an annual run with the load at 50% for 30 …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 4, 2019

Q: How would I go about cleaning the dust off the sprinkler heads? A: Use a portable vacuum cleaner. If the dirty heads are located in the kitchen, then you …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 2, 2019

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