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Oxygen Use in a Beauty Shop

by Brad Keyes, CHSP, on May 6, 2020 1:00:43 AM

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 a sign that says no oxygen tanks in the beauty shop. They referenced the following codes in 2000 edition of the Life Safety Code: (7-2.1, 7-6.2.4.2, 8-2.1.2.4"D", 8-6.2.1.4, 8-6.2.2.1, 9-2.1.9.3) When looking through the codebook I was not able to locate the language associated with the reference codes. Can you help?

A: I think the state agency surveyors were referencing the 1999 edition of NFPA 99… not the 2000 edition of the Life Safety Code. I don’t know why they would be referencing such an old edition of NFPA 99, but perhaps that is what the state has adopted. Here is what they were referencing:

  • Section 7-2.1 deals with fire and explosions. The use of oxygen around heat-producing appliances lowers the ignition temperatures of normal combustibles (i.e. linen, paper, plastic, etc.) and can cause fires or explosions.
  • Section 7-6.2.4.2 requires electrical equipment (i.e. electric hair dryers, etc.) used with oxygen delivery equipment to be listed for use in an oxygen-enriched atmosphere.
  • Section 8-2.1.2.4 (d) says electrical equipment not conforming to the requirements of 7-6.2.4.1, which can include, hairdryers can create a source of ignition if introduced into an oxygen-enriched atmosphere.
  • Section 8-6.2.1.4 says nonmedical appliances that have hot surfaces or sparking mechanisms shall not be permitted within oxygen delivery equipment
  • Section 8-6.2.2.1 says flammable or combustible aerosols or vapors, such as alcohol, shall not be administered in oxygen-enriched atmospheres as outlined in 8-2.1.2.3(a).
  • Section 9-2.1.9.3 discusses the need to keep electrical appliances away from oxygen-enriched atmospheres.

So, what the surveyor was telling you, is you cannot allow oxygen-delivery equipment in the beauty shop, because there are non-medical heat-producing appliances and flammable hair sprays in use. The 2012 edition of NFPA 99 pretty much says the same thing. My advice: Follow the surveyor’s finding and post signage prohibit anyone on O2 therapy from entering the beauty shop. Train your staff and do daily walk-through to ensure everyone is following the rules.

Topics:Nursing HomeSignage (Life Safety Code)Signs (Life Safety Code)

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