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Q: We have a hospital with a number of exit enclosures. These passageways have a large number of unrelated utilities running above the ceiling. Modification will not only be very …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 5, 2018

Q: When do I complete an FSES equivalency request, before the survey or after the survey? Where do I find the forms need to complete an FSES equivalency? What is …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 13, 2018

Q: During a recent webinar, the presenter said waivers and equivalencies are only valid until the next triennial survey. Does that really mean if CMS approved a waiver or an …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 4, 2017

There has been much confusion and differing of opinions regarding the process to submit waiver and equivalency requests, and once they have been approved, how long they are valid. The …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 10, 2017
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As a result of the June 4, 2014 online announcement by The Joint Commission which identified major changes for the Statement of Condition Plan for Improvement (PFI) list, they also …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 6, 2014

Q: Can an FSES equivalency be written for an oversized ER suite? Our ER was constructed in 2005 and the designer made it 13,450 square feet, which is more than …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 28, 2013
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This may seem basic to some of you, but one of the problems in the healthcare facilities management industry is people don't always have a good solid foundation of the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 9, 2012

QUESTION: It has been stated that an organization is permitted to submit either a Traditional Equivalency or a Fire Safety Evaluation System for a deficiency to a life safety feature …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 17, 2009

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