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Facilities ManagementHVACOperating Room

Q: We have operating rooms with two doors, one that is adjoining to the sterile corridor and one to the common corridor in the Surgery department. We monitor the common …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 31, 2020
Life Safety Code

I have often been told by ambulatory surgery center staff during surveys that the Life Safety Code surveyor is the person that they fear the most. Keeping up with the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 30, 2020
Mechanical Rooms

By Brad Keyes... Q: I have a storage question for you that relates to storing beds and other hospital equipment in our mechanical rooms. Is this allowed or would I be …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 29, 2020
Corridors

Q: I just would like to confirm: When you say a 4-inch projection is allowed into the corridor is that for one side of the corridor or is that for …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 27, 2020
Smoke Barrier

Q: Our Emergency Operations team does regulatory rounding every 2 weeks in a different unit or clinic. Our department is responsible for Life Safety. Recently, we did some rounding in …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 24, 2020
Life Safety Code

Q: What is one of the main reasons that ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) get cited for deficiencies in relation to testing, inspection, and maintenance activities for Life Safety equipment? A: …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 23, 2020
Hazardous AreasDoorsOperating Room

Q: We have two open-heart OR's. Each has a full 42" wide door leaf that opens to the corridor, and each has a 3'0" door in the rear of the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 22, 2020
SuitesCorridorsDoors

Q: Does the 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code permit existing suite doors that open into the corridor to be compliant if they do not latch shut? We have …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 20, 2020
Life Safety CodeAlcohol Based Hand Rub Dispensers

Q: My question is in regards to alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR) dispensers in a recovery area in our Cath lab. Does an open bay in the recovery area count as …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 17, 2020
Life Safety Code

Q: What is the most common deficiency that you cite during a Life Safety Code survey? A: Improper inspection, maintenance, and testing of the building features that protect occupants from …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 16, 2020
Chutes (Facilities Management)

Q: I have a 3-story linen chute in our facility. The chute is enclosed within a 1-hour shaft from the 1st floor deck through the roof of the facility. In …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 15, 2020
Smoke DetectorsPatient Rooms

Q: Are smoke detectors required in individual hospital patient rooms, and what are the exemptions to not have a detector in individual rooms? A: There is no Life Safety Code …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 13, 2020
Doors

Q: I need you to settle an argument for us, and your answer will settle this situation for all. We have a fire door to a hazardous room, that has …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 10, 2020
Construction Types

Q: What is the allowed distance a non-sprinkled stick-built building can be located beside a hospital? A: Your question encompasses a couple of different issues. When you say “stick-built” building, …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 8, 2020
Storage (Facilities Management)Risk AssessmentAccreditation

Q: Housekeeping products like germicidal, glass cleaner, air freshener are stored in a locked metal box on housekeeping cart. All of our stock of these and other products are stored …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 6, 2020
Corridors

Q: In regards to corridor width, section 19.2.3.4 of the 2012 LSC discusses that a corridor has to be at least 48-inches outside of a sleeping room in clear width …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 3, 2020
ElevatorsTesting (Facilities Management)

Q: How do I perform the elevator recall test? A: If you have never performed an elevator recall test, I suggest you have your elevator maintenance company show you how …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 1, 2020

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