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Electrical RoomsElectrical

Q: My question is about an electrical panel. Is an electrical panel, which is located in a special care unit of a skilled nursing home facility, required to be locked …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 23, 2020
ElectricalArticle

Q: We recently underwent a mock survey in preparation for a full survey soon. The Life Safety mock surveyor cited us for failure to cover low voltage junction boxes. We …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 28, 2018
ElectricalArticle

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... Remember I have been saying that clearance must be maintained in front of electrical panels …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 15, 2018
Electrical EquipmentElectrical

On October 23, 2018, I posted a picture of this illuminated pumpkin and wrote that the extension cord could not be used since Article 400.8 (3) of NFPA 70-2011 says …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 10, 2018
ElectricalArticle

Q: Under CMS, is it possible to use a UL listed power cord (extension cord), permanently attached to the equipment assembly providing it meets the ampacity requirements? If yes, what …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 9, 2018
ElectricalArticle

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... Clearance to all electrical equipment (i.e. panels and disconnect switches) must be maintained for 36 …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 11, 2018
Fire ExtinguishersElectricalArticle

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... Equipment rooms can be a major source of findings for surveyors. Mostly because equipment rooms …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 5, 2018
Testing (Electrical)ElectricalArticle

Q: Is there a code in the 2012 LSC about testing electrical receptacles around hospital beds? A: Well… actually, that would be in the NFPA 99-2012 code/standard, and the answer …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 18, 2018
Testing (Electrical)ElectricalArticle

Q: What are the requirements for receptacle testing for hospital grade receptacles for existing and new health care facility? A: Section 6.3.4.1.3 of NFPA 99-2012 addresses this issue by saying …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 23, 2018
NFPA 99Electrical EquipmentElectricalArticle

Q: All of our receptacles in patient care rooms are hospital grade and therefore do not have to be tested annually, correct? What I don't understand is section 6.3.4.1.2 of …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 22, 2018
ElectricalArticle

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen when consulting at hospitals... Another storage room with a bunch of empty boxes obstructing access to the electrical panel …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 8, 2018
ElectricalArticle

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen when consulting at hospitals... Access to this electrical panel was obstructed. Staff that was with me did not understand …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 25, 2018
ElectricalArticle

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen when consulting at hospitals... The odd thing about this situation is the receptacle has been changed out since the fire, …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 18, 2018
Q&ASafetyElectrical

Q: I work in a psychiatric hospital. One of the therapies used here involves our clients doing their own personal laundry, so we have multiple laundry rooms off the units …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 7, 2017
Q&AElectrical

Q: My questions are in relation to access control into electrical closets and life safety equipment closets. We have several electrical closets "locked down" by our IT department because they …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 15, 2017
Q&AElectrical

Q: We are in the process of designing a new building for our ASC. I have been asked to mark the building plans with where I want the red outlets …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 8, 2017
ElectricalArticle

Q: Can you give me a code reference for the need for electrical panels to be locked? We were cited by a surveyor for not locking our electrical panels. A: …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 29, 2016
Electrical EquipmentElectricalArticle

There are quite of few issues concerning electrical panels that need to be addressed during a survey. Hospitals frequently take electrical panels for granted and overlook some of the more …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 19, 2015
Electrical EquipmentElectricalArticle

Every surveyor has his/her own specialty that they like to look for during a survey. I know of one surveyor that writes up every hospital he surveys if the fire alarm …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 9, 2014

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