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Business OccupanciesFire Drills

Q: Is there a requirement to activate the fire alarm system in a patient/non-patient care business occupancy building during a scheduled fire drill? A: I would say so. Section 38/3972 …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 1, 2020
Business OccupanciesAccreditationILSM

Q: Is there a code requirement for implementing an Interim Life Safety Measure (ILSM) for occupancies other than healthcare (i.e. business occupancies) if a life safety code deficiency has been …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 11, 2019
Business OccupanciesTrash Receptacles

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 …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 18, 2019
Business OccupanciesAlcohol Based Hand Rub Dispensers

Q: I have a Medical Office Building with multiple exam rooms, and it is constructed with 5-foot wide corridors. This building followed design reviews including Life Safety expertise from the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 6, 2019
Business OccupanciesElevatorsEquipment (Fire Suppression Systems)Equipment (Life Safety Code)Sprinklers

Q: In a physician’s clinic that is claimed to be fully protected with sprinklers, the building elevator control room is not sprinklered. Must I install or can I leave it …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 2, 2019
Business OccupanciesFire AlarmSmoke Detectors

Q: What are the requirements for the use of smoke detectors in a business occupancy physician office that does not have an automatic sprinkler system? The fire marshal is telling …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 3, 2019
Business OccupanciesAlcohol Based Hand Rub Dispensers

Q: Do you know of any other information on alcohol-based hand-rub (ABHR) dispensers not allowed in the egress corridors of business occupancies? I need more information than what you have …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 21, 2019
Business OccupanciesSoiled Utility RoomStorage Room

Q: Do business occupancy buildings with soiled utility rooms have to be one-hour fire-rated or just sprinkled if the building falls under a hospital license and will be inspected by …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 24, 2019
Business OccupanciesAlcohol Based Hand Rub Dispensers

Q: In a business occupancy building, can alcohol based hand-rub dispensers be placed over carpeted area with no sprinklers? A: Maybe yes and maybe no… It all depends on which …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 18, 2019
Ambulatory Care OccupancyBusiness OccupanciesHealthcare Occupancy

Q: If an inpatient in a hospital (healthcare occupancy) is taken into a building that is not a healthcare occupancy for say CT or MRI, does this building have to …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 21, 2019
Business OccupanciesArticle

Q: I just got done with a triennial accreditation survey at one of my facilities and the engineer surveyor requested LSC drawings for all buildings that support patients, not just …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 3, 2018
Business OccupanciesAlcohol Based Hand Rub DispensersArticle

Q: In the 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code, section 19.3.2.6 (9) states dispensers of alcohol based hand rub (ABHR) solution are permitted to be installed directly over carpeted …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 26, 2018
Business OccupanciesExitsArticleHealthcare Occupancy

Q: A main circulation corridor in a Hospital (Institutional Use I-2, 8' wide) passes thru the 2-Hr Use Group separation of adjacent medical offices (Business Use B) and re-enters the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 16, 2018
Business OccupanciesArticleFacility Services

Q: Are sleep labs considered healthcare occupancies or business occupancies? I have a fire marshal who says it has to be a healthcare occupancy. A: These types of things are …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 28, 2018
Business OccupanciesArticleFire Drills

Q: I'm responsible for doing annual fire drills in our blood draw stations located throughout several communities. Some are in physician’s offices and some are in office buildings. I can …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 7, 2018
Q&ABusiness OccupanciesFire Drills

Q: For clinics that are listed as business occupancies is there a requirement to activate the fire alarm system (chimes and strobes) and send a signal to a third party …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 7, 2017
Q&ABusiness OccupanciesEmergency Lights (Life Safety Code)

Q: I have a question concerning an ambulatory surgery center that is now converted over to a business office only. We are not doing any patient care in this facility …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 2, 2017
Q&ABusiness OccupanciesFire Drills

Q: Our hospital has several "out buildings" or offsite Doctor's offices. Are we required to do fire drills at these offices? Three of our buildings have fire alarm systems that …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 20, 2017
Storage (Life Safety Code)Q&ABusiness Occupancies

Q: I am struggling with the Life Safety Code and need some clarification. I have an offsite clinic that is classified as a business occupancy with a basement measuring approximately …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 21, 2017
Q&ABusiness OccupanciesAlcohol Based Hand Rub Dispensers

Q: For business occupancies, does the requirement that alcohol based hand sanitizers cannot be installed above a carpeted floor apply? The business occupancy does not have an automatic fire suppression …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 21, 2017
Q&ABusiness OccupanciesTesting (Generators)Generators

Q: Does a diesel generator that is located in a business occupancy require the same testing frequencies as the one at our hospital requires? A: It depends if the generator …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 17, 2017
Q&ABusiness OccupanciesAlcohol Based Hand Rub DispensersCorridors

Q: Can you give me some direction in the Life Safety Code on where alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR) dispensers are not allowed in business occupancy corridors? A: Take a look …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 31, 2017
Q&ABusiness Occupancies

Q: Our life safety drawings list the basement level at the Hospital as healthcare. There are no patient services in the basement and only support services. I would like to …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 23, 2017
Q&ABusiness OccupanciesFire Alarm

Q: We are converting a facility that was used as a physician’s office into our women’s clinic and OB/GYN facility. There were previously 4 exam rooms and we are making …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 2, 2017
Business OccupanciesFire AlarmArticle

Q: We have a physician practice that currently has fire extinguishers and a "panic button" that contacts 911. We do not have fire alarms, smoke detectors or a sprinkler system …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 25, 2016
Business OccupanciesArticleCorridors

Q: What is the required width for an exit access corridor in an office building? A: That depends on the occupancy classification of the building. If the building is classified …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 19, 2016
Q&ABusiness OccupanciesTesting (Life Safety Code)

Q: What are the testing requirements for a two story medical office building with a fire alarm system and sprinkler system? I believe we are required to have an annual …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 5, 2015
Q&ABusiness OccupanciesFire Drills

Q: We were recently cited by a surveyor for not conducting annual fire drills at our offsite blood draw locations. I have reviewed the Life Safety Code for business occupancies …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 6, 2015
Q&ABusiness OccupanciesFire Alarm

Q: We have an offsite physician’s clinic with a fire alarm system that is tied into our main hospital campus control center and is monitored 24/7. Are we required to …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 29, 2015
Q&AAmbulatory Care OccupancyBusiness OccupanciesClinics

Q: We have multiple outpatient centers and clinics, and I would like to know how the Life Safety Code classifies them. Are they all treated as business? A: The Life …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 12, 2015
Q&ABusiness OccupanciesFire Extinguishers

Q: What is the requirement for inspecting fire extinguishers in our medical office building? Is it different than what is expected in our hospital? A: The monthly inspection and annual …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 24, 2014
Q&ABusiness Occupancies

Q: We have an attached building that houses an ambulatory surgical center and the building is classified as a business occupancy. We want to convert it from business occupancy to …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 27, 2014
Q&ABusiness Occupancies

Q: Our new clinic integration program has made us look closely at the clinic's life safety process. The clinic is classified as a business occupancy. Is the assessment for life …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 21, 2014
Q&ABusiness OccupanciesStorage (Medical Gas)Oxygen Cylinders

Q: Our hospital has an offsite building for our cardiac rehab, physical therapy, and pulmonary rehab programs. It also houses our business office and some physician offices. The building is …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 30, 2014
Q&ABusiness OccupanciesILSM

Q: Are Interim Life Safety Measures (ILSMs) required in Business Occupancies due to construction or life safety code deficiencies? Do we have to conduct a fire watch in Business Occupancies? …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 19, 2014
Q&ABusiness OccupanciesSprinklers

Q: We are designing a retrofit for a dental office in an existing business occupancy building without a fire sprinkler system. The space we are remodeling was formerly a doctor's …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 13, 2014
Q&AAmbulatory Care OccupancyBusiness OccupanciesOccupancies

Q: We discovered our offsite free standing Dialysis center is in a building that is classified as Business Occupancy, but we were recently told by a consultant that the building …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 15, 2013
Q&ABusiness OccupanciesLife Safety Code

Q: We have many offsite locations that are not hospitals but are clinics for diagnostic imaging, testing and physician’s offices. What, if any Life Safety Code standards apply in these …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 21, 2013
Business OccupanciesArticleFire Drills

Here is a scenario: A hospital has multiple 'quick draw' blood stations scattered across the community in which they are located. These blood draw stations are situated in other occupancies, …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 13, 2012
Storage (Life Safety Code)Q&ABusiness Occupancies

Q: We have a new facility which has recently opened, and it is a physician’s office/business occupancy. There is a medical record storage room which contains combustible files which we …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 8, 2012
Business OccupanciesLife Safety CodeArticle

Many hospitals have facilities located offsite or adjacent to the main building which are classified as business occupancies. These buildings may be physician's offices, clinics, administrative buildings and storage faclities …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 20, 2012
Business OccupanciesArticleGas Cylinders

I was recently asked what the requirements were for storing compressed gas cylinders in a business occupancy. According to section 1-2, NFPA 99 (1999 edition) applies to all health care facilities, …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 23, 2012

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