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Electrical RoomsElectrical Equipment

Q: Is it required to keep electrical panels locked even if they are behind doors that are restricted by card-access readers? Does it depend on which AHJ is inspecting it? …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 7, 2019
Electrical EquipmentOxygen CylindersNursing Home

Q: I am curious if you know of any regulations that deal specifically with LTC residents with oxygen supply and beauty salons. We have a salon in house, and the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 2, 2019
Electrical EquipmentPower Strips

Q: What would be the appropriate standard for a daisy chain? A: I’m not entirely sure of what you are asking…. But when you say “What would be the appropriate …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 30, 2019
AppliancesElectrical Equipment

Q: Our facility is a nursing home. I have been asked a question if a resident can have a clothes iron in their room? I said no and would check …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 5, 2019
Electrical Equipment

Q: What is the clearance required in front of electrical distribution panels? A: According to NFPA 70-2011, article 110.26, a minimum of 36 inches clearance is required in front of …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 8, 2019
Electrical EquipmentPower Strips

Q: Are there any life safety rules regarding the use of extension cords in the operating room? A: According to NFPA 70-2011, Article 400.8 (1), extension cords are permitted as …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 11, 2019
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
Electrical EquipmentArticle

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... See anything unsafe about this electrical panel...? Here is another example that equipment rooms are …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 2, 2018
Electrical EquipmentArticle

Q: What required inspections are needed for non-patient care electrical equipment and at what intervals should they be completed in. I cannot find anything definitive in NFPA 99 - 2012 …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 15, 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 of …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 22, 2018
Electrical EquipmentArticleStorage Room

Q: Are ladders allowed to be stored in electrical closets as long as the egress path is maintained and the 3ft clearance is applied? We had an inspector site 1910303(g)(1)(ii) …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 11, 2018
Electrical EquipmentTesting (Electrical)Article

Do you ever have the feeling for every step forward, you take two steps backward? Regulatory compliance in the healthcare industry is getting tougher and tougher each year with new …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 30, 2018
Electrical EquipmentArticle

Q: What's the standard to test small electrical appliances such as plastic coffee pots, etc. with no ground and the patients do not handle in a health care environment? A: …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 22, 2018
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
Electrical EquipmentArticlePower Strips

There has been a lot of discussion about power strips (or relcoatable power taps, as some authorities call them) lately, and most of it is not to our advantage. None …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 30, 2014
Electrical EquipmentArticle

I am often asked if locks on electrical panels are required, or where in the world does it say in the Life Safety Code that we need to lock our …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 28, 2013
NFPA 99Electrical EquipmentArticle

I was recently asked how Joint Commission and other authorities look at electrical items used by staff that do not come into contact with patients, such as refrigerators, fans, coffee pots …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 4, 2012

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