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Q: What would a surveyor would be looking for if they were to show up at our hospital and find that there is construction going on? What steps would the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 10, 2020

Q: Is fire-retardant-treated wood permitted in a healthcare occupancy for roof construction, including girders and trusses, in Type II (000) construction? Background: NFPA 101-2012 Section and allows FRTW …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 20, 2020
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Q: We are seeking to eliminate accidental activation of existing smoke heads in healthcare spaces that are taken over for renovation/construction work while maintaining fire protection coverage in the space …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 13, 2019
ConstructionFire BarrierWalls

Q: I have a surgery suite that had a hole punched into the wall by the door knob. Is there anything in LSC that states " if a hole is …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 4, 2019
ConstructionArticleEquipment (Life Safety Code)

Q: We have an alcove in our surgery center that we are wanting to place patient refrigerator, ice machine, coffee pot. Currently there isn't a door- it is an alcove …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 20, 2018

Q: Can an existing 8-foot wide corridor be reduced in width to 4 feet by temporary construction barriers? A: Yes, but you will need to conduct an assessment for Alternative …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 23, 2018

I learned recently that a hospital is being sued by the family of a woman who fell in a construction zone and subsequently died. The 85-year-old woman walked past an …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 2, 2018

Q: Regarding the 2012 Life Safety Code referencing the 2009 edition of NFPA 241 Standard for Safeguarding Construction, Alteration and Demolition Operations which does not allow "tarps" for construction barriers, …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 27, 2017

Q: We are looking to construct a surgery center which will be classified as Healthcare Occupancy on the third floor of an existing five story building which is classified as …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 15, 2017

Q: Are there any problems with maintaining an emergency exit for a hospital OR area that travels through an adjacent construction project? Also, can these doors be taped or sealed …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 29, 2017

Q: Is there a fire rating requirement for a temporary construction barrier that will separate a construction area from a patient care area which will be an occupied space throughout …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 18, 2017

Q: We are planning to update a pair of fire-rated automatic corridor doors which happened to be located in our Emergency Room and in a 2-hour rated wall. The work …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 21, 2017

Q: Is there a specific date for construction that is a cut-off point between chapter 18 and chapter 19, or does chapter 19 always applies once the new construction is …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 18, 2017
Q&AFire WatchConstructionSprinklers

Q: We have a construction project in our cafeteria. We have an ILSM and additional measures in place. However, it was determined last week that we need to remove the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 19, 2017

Q: Per NFPA 101 2012 edition: are plastic barriers (w/zippers) no longer acceptable around construction areas though the facility is fully sprinkled? A: No… I wouldn’t say that. But the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 22, 2017
Storage (Life Safety Code)Q&AConstruction

Q: A question that keeps coming my way pertains to out-buildings like sheds that LTC providers want to place next to their nursing homes to use for storage. Is there any …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 16, 2017

Q: Does a door that accesses a construction site within a hospital need to have an automatic closer installed on the access door? What if the door is constructed within …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 3, 2017

Q: We have an offsite business occupancy location and need to know what the requirements are for an area of refuge. I have not been able to identify any fire/smoke …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 7, 2015

Q: We have a construction project that involves removing all of the ceiling tiles in the area. Do we have to relocate the sprinklers heads to within 12" from the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 6, 2015
Joint CommissionSurvey FindingsConstructionArticle

It has always been my belief that as the surveyor team walks in the front door of the hospital on the first day of the survey, all of the contractors …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 18, 2014
Q&AFire AlarmConstruction

Q: Are we required to install fire alarm occupant notification devices and manual pull stations in construction areas? I couldn’t find anything in NFPA 72 or the Life Safety Code …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 3, 2014
Storage (Life Safety Code)Q&AConstruction

Q: We are renovating one of our patient sleeping suites in an existing area. Would it be permissible to stage construction materials (some of which will be combustible) in one …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 25, 2013
Q&AFire AlarmConstruction

Q: Our projects team currently disables our fire alarm control panel each morning during periods of construction and restores the panel each evening. They do this to prevent unwanted fire …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 1, 2011

Q: We have a stairwell in our hospital that extends from the 8th floor to the 1st floor, where there is a door that discharges the occupants to the outdoors …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 1, 2011
Q&AConstructionFire BarrierWalls

Q: I read with interest the article Understanding the Importance of Construction Types in the February, 2011 issue of HLSC. The article said a 2-hour fire resistance horizontal barrier is …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 1, 2011

Q: Our project team insists on using non-combustible plastic sheeting for temporary barriers between construction areas and occupied areas of our hospital. Is this acceptable according to the Life Safety …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 1, 2010

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