Ask an Expert
Discuss My Needs
Discuss My Needs
Ask an Expert
Keyes Life Safety

Our Life Safety educational resource hub is full of healthcare knowledge to help you be better informed of the changing world around you. 

Rather than sit back and act on decisions made by others, we are leading the charge as it relates to identifying best practices for Life Safety Code® and compliance. We have real people that give our clients real information that can be put into practice.

Interested in reading our experts' take on Life Safety? Then subscribe to our free blog below! We discuss readers' questions, share interesting observations from the field, and more.

Large Trash Containers

by Brad Keyes, CHSP, on Sep 18, 2019 1:00:05 AM

Q: I have a question about the limits on the size of trash containers in healthcare facilities, including ambulatory healthcare facilities. Consider larger collection bins, that are housed in one-hour rated soiled utility rooms, and are then moved close to the loading dock area, an area which is separated from the rest of the facility with 2-hour occupancy separations and is indicated "Business" occupancy although it is the sub-basement of a hospital building. These are staged in a hallway of this business area while awaiting emptying, cleaning and return to the soiled utility rooms. NFPA 101 2012 Chapter 38/39.7.6 would seem to permit this. What do you think?

A: You are correct… As long as the large tubs are located in business occupancies, there is no Life Safety Code requirement that requires them to be stored in a 1-hour hazardous room. That is strictly a healthcare occupancy (see of the 2012 LSC) and an ambulatory healthcare occupancy (see of the 2012 LSC) requirement.

Topics:Business OccupanciesTrash Receptacles

Real people. Real solutions.

We help you be better informed of the changing world around you.  Our life safety blog answers your real world questions! 



Subscribe to Updates

We care and want to help.

We want to help coach, guide, and navigate you through all things Life Safety.