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Hazardous Areas

Q: Would a sterile processing room be considered a hazardous area? There are not a lot of combustible supplies and the only flammable liquid is ethyl alcohol. There is glutaraldehyde …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 8, 2020
Fire DoorsHazardous Areas

Q: I believe you may have answered aspects of this question before but I was having trouble locating it again. I understand the difference between hazardous areas when considering new …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 10, 2020
Hazardous AreasDoorsOperating Room

Q: We have two open-heart OR's. Each has a full 42" wide door leaf that opens to the corridor, and each has a 3'0" door in the rear of the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 22, 2020
Hazardous AreasGift Shops

Q: Are gift shops stilled classified as hazardous areas if they have quantities of combustibles? I do not see the standard for gift shops to be classified as hazardous areas in …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 9, 2019
Hazardous Areas

Q: When dividing hazardous areas (particularly storage rooms exceeding 100 square feet), if there are several rooms in one area, is the one-hour fire rating allowed to surround the perimeter …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 27, 2019
Hazardous AreasArticle

Q: Our original hospital was constructed in 1968, then we had an addition in 1992 and our newest addition completed in 2013. Do the hazardous rooms in our buildings that …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 3, 2018
Hazardous AreasArticle

Q: What is the guidance on clean utility rooms and door closers? Under 50 square feet no closer is required, but over 50 square feet a closer is required? Does …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 30, 2018
Hazardous AreasArticle

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen when consulting at hospitals... This may be hard to see but there is an 'Exit' sign over the door …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 1, 2018
Hazardous AreasArticle

Q: Are clean cores for operating room suites considered hazardous thus required to be separated by a 1-hour fire-rated barriers? I have a client who was informed by their accreditation …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 17, 2018
Hazardous AreasArticle

Q: Our hospital facility was constructed under the new construction chapter 18 in 2000 Life Safety Code, but is now considered existing conditions under the 2012 Life Safety Code. We …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 10, 2018
Q&AHazardous Areas

Q: I recently heard that a hospital was cited for leaving a construction cart unattended in the hall and the surveyor inventoried the entire cart and cited the hospital for …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 8, 2017
Q&AHazardous Areas

Q: Is it okay to store latex paint in a mechanical/air handler room? The mechanical room is located in the hospital and is in a 2 hour fire rated wall …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 30, 2017
Q&AHazardous Areas

Q: Does section 19.3.2.1 of the 2012 Life Safety Code allow hazardous rooms to not be constructed with one-hour fire rated barriers if it is fully fire sprinklered? If healthcare …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 27, 2017
Q&AHazardous Areas

Q: There appears to be many different ways a hazardous room is maintained: If it is sprinklered, does it have to be 1-hour rated? If it is existing construction, does …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 9, 2016
KitchensHazardous AreasArticle

Q: You recently posted a question about whether or not hospital kitchens are hazardous areas. Your response noted that kitchens are not included in the list of 8 specific scenarios …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 11, 2015
Q&AHazardous Areas

Q: If hazardous areas like a carpentry shop and a paint shop are combined in a separate building distant from hospital building, what can be an appropriate reference to determine …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 16, 2014
Q&AHazardous AreasTrash Receptacles

Q: We just completed a renovation of our cafeteria dining area and as part of the project an 8 container trash cabinet was built and installed in a separated area …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 4, 2013
Q&AClean LinenHazardous AreasOxygen Cylinders

Q: Are oxygen cylinder tanks (in holders) allowed to be stored in alcoves in corridors? Also, what about clean linen carts? I am told that our accreditation organization allows this, …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 14, 2013
Storage (Life Safety Code)Q&AHazardous AreasPatient RoomsILSM

Q: We have a short-term project where we need to find some space to store equipment until they are installed. The equipment is electronic and needs to remain in their …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 4, 2013
Q&AHazardous AreasDoors

Q: A consultant has mentioned that several of our doors to hazardous areas are non-compliant. The door configuration is such that there is a normal 3’x7’ door paired with a …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 4, 2013
Q&AHazardous AreasTrash Receptacles

Q: During a recent survey, the surveyor noted that we had two 64 gallon capacity containers which we use for document shredding, sitting side-by-side in the laboratory work room. He …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 12, 2012
KitchensHazardous AreasArticle

If you read my Q&A on kitchens being hazardous areas, which was posted last Sunday (July 8th), then you may have been surprised by my position that kitchens are considered …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 12, 2012
Q&AHazardous Areas

Q: Is the main kitchen in a hospital considered a hazardous area? I’m referring to the main kitchen where all the food is prepared for the hospital, not the kitchenettes …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 8, 2012
Hazardous AreasArticle

The following article was first published in the October, 2011 issue of FacilityCare magazine. In my line of work as a consultant, I work with facility managers, safety officers and accreditation professionals …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 1, 2012
Q&AHazardous Areas

Q: Does the kitchen in a nursing home have to be considered as a hazardous room? I don’t see where the LSC defines the kitchen as a hazardous room, but …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 1, 2011
Q&AHazardous Areas

Q: Do employee locker rooms automatically have to be considered a hazardous area? If they are protected with sprinklers, does this change the situation? A: No, employee locker rooms are …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 1, 2011
Storage (Life Safety Code)Q&AHazardous Areas

Q: We are looking at purchasing a medical practice with a business occupancy rated office, which is not sprinkled. They are using a room on the second floor as a …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 1, 2011
SuitesQ&AHazardous Areas

Q: Can the entire patient sleeping suite of rooms, such as an ICU, be considered a hazardous room? This would allow us to store supplies in the common area of …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 1, 2011
Storage (Life Safety Code)Q&AHazardous Areas

Q: During a recent mock survey it was mentioned that cardboard boxes are not allowed in clean storage rooms because they are combustible. Many of the supplies that we have …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 1, 2011
Q&AHazardous Areas

Q: Is it acceptable for a 20 minute fire door to be used for a hazardous room in a new construction of a hospital? I'm looking at the Life Safety …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 1, 2010
Q&AHazardous Areas

Q. Do hazardous areas in business occupancies require a self-closing door if the room is protected with automatic sprinklers? We had a surveyor cite us for not having a closure …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 1, 2009

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