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Alcohol Based Hand Rub Dispensers

Q: Are there any rules on alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR) dispensers being mounted in non-sprinklered patient care areas? A: Yes. According to section of the 2012 LSC, ABHR dispensers …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 29, 2020
Fire Extinguishers

Q: In a recent Life Safety survey the state surveyor said that fire extinguishers under a certain weight must be mounted no higher than 5 feet high at the handle …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 27, 2020
Operating RoomEgress

Q: Our surgery staff is worried about an active shooter entering the operating rooms. We are looking at having a drill soon and the question came up about how to …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 22, 2020
Spare Sprinkler List

Q: We have been requested by management to keep a sprinkler head inventory. I understand this is for spare heads. What are the requirements from NFPA and what would be …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 20, 2020

Q: We are installing new handrails and I assumed they would extend a couple of inches from the wall for gripping purposes. However, my maintenance man ordered the flush mount …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 18, 2020
Power StripsCMS

Q: Our company provides nursing home services. Now that the 2012 LSC has been adopted, does the CMS Survey and Certification Letter 14 - 46 still apply? In reviewing the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 15, 2020
Fire DoorsFire BarrierDoors

Q: Is there a standard ratio from the firewall to the fire door (Ex. 2-hour firewall should have a XX min fire door)? A: Well, yes and no. Table 8342 …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 13, 2020

As reported on this website last week, CMS issued a formal communication on April 29, 2020, that granted 1135 blanket waivers on Physical Environment items for Inspection, Testing & Maintenance …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 12, 2020
Fire Doors

Q: Do I have to use auto flush bolts and coordinators on a pair of double doors that are fire-rated (one active leaf and one inactive leaf) to a mechanical …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 11, 2020
Fire Suppression Systems

Q: We have dry standpipe systems in stairwells in the older areas of our hospital. Are dry systems required to be inspected/tested under pressure? I do not notice inspection tags …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 8, 2020

In a formal communication issued April 29, 2020, CMS granted 1135 blanket waivers on Physical Environment items for Inspection, Testing & Maintenance (ITM). Refer to page 23 of the following …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 7, 2020
Nursing HomeSignage (Life Safety Code)Signs (Life Safety Code)

Q: I have a question regarding the use of Oxygen in a beauty shop. When the state was in our facility (nursing home) they indicated that we need to post …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 6, 2020
Inspection & Maintenance (Life Safety Code)Fire Doors

Q: We are a service company and we are doing door inspections at a hospital where a lot of the doors have fire labels that are in smoke partitions or …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 4, 2020
Medical GasStorage (Medical Gas)Gas Cylinders

Q: We recently had our triennial accreditation survey and the surveyors are saying that each individual oxygen tank must be labeled as being ‘Full’ or ‘Empty’, even though the rack …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 1, 2020

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