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      Self-Closing Doors on Hazardous Rooms

      by Brad Keyes, CHSP, on Aug 31, 2020 12:00:00 AM

      Q: Do soiled utility rooms in business occupancies (non-sprinklered) require self-closing doors and 1-hour fire rated construction?

      A: Yes, but not because it is a soiled utility room (like a hospital), but because it is a storage room. Business occupancy chapters of the LSC says storage rooms are hazardous areas, and references section 8.7.1.1 of the 2012 LSC which requires all hazardous areas to be either fully protected with sprinklers, or protected with 1-hour fire-rated construction. Since your business occupancy is non-sprinklered, then that means the storage room (i.e. soiled utility room) needs to be 1-hour fire rated construction which requires a ¾-hour fire-rated self-closing door.

      Topics: Hazardous Areas Ambulatory Care Occupancy

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