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Construction BarrierExit SignsSurvey FindingsFire WatchConstructionSmoke DetectorsILSMSprinklersEgress

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
Fire WatchILSM

Q: With regards to a fire watch, the code is specific about requiring one in an occupied building when a fire alarm system or suppression system is out of service …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 2, 2020
Fire AlarmFire WatchILSM

Q: If we put the fire alarm system in test by-pass but we are still monitoring the alarms so we can troubleshoot or test the system so we avoid nuisance …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 15, 2019
Business OccupanciesAccreditationILSM

Q: Is there a code requirement for implementing an Interim Life Safety Measure (ILSM) for occupancies other than healthcare (i.e. business occupancies) if a life safety code deficiency has been …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 11, 2019
ILSMFire Drills

Q: I’ve been conducting two fire drills per month while we are under construction. I am new to the safety role and my understanding of the code is that I …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 11, 2019
Fire AlarmSmoke DetectorsILSM

Q: We are seeking to reduce activation of smoke heads contained in our construction areas. In your opinion, if the construction area has existing sprinkler coverage or if new active …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 17, 2019

Q: Our hospital has a few offsite locations – family practice clinic, occupational health clinic, and soon to be an urgent care clinic. It is my understanding that these facilities …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 29, 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

Q: At our hospital, we had numerous fire dampers that failed their 6-year test. What ILSM measures for that many dampers would you recommend putting in place? A: You are …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 23, 2018

Q: During our last survey the life safety code specialist discovered that 2 of our stairwells were deficient as far as the fire-rating. The contractor did a lousy job as …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 14, 2017

Q: We have some sprinkler piping that runs the length of the hall with multiple wires wrapped around the pipe. There is no way of removing the wiring from the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 24, 2017
Q&AILSMFire Drills

Q: Joint Commission standard LS.01.02.01, EP 11 requires the hospital to perform an additional fire drill during periods of Life Safety Code deficiencies that cannot be immediately corrected or during …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 25, 2015
Q&ABusiness OccupanciesILSM

Q: Are Interim Life Safety Measures (ILSMs) required in Business Occupancies due to construction or life safety code deficiencies? Do we have to conduct a fire watch in Business Occupancies? …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 19, 2014
Q&AFire BarrierDoorsILSM

Q: If renovation requires replacement of fire doors in multiple areas of the hospital, and must be completed in a short period of time, what would be appropriate interim life …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 28, 2014
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

A client of mine contacted me last week and wanted to know if they could temporarily store combustibles in a patient room that is currently under renovation. Apparently the suite …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 2, 2012
ArticleILSMConstruction Types

Construction in hospitals is so unavoidable, as it seems to go together like salt and pepper, but usually does not taste as good. You simply cannot renovate or remodel an …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 26, 2012

Q: What ILSM's apply to occupancies other than healthcare? For example, if a fire alarm/sprinkler system is out of service for more than 4 hours in a 24 hour period in …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 1, 2010

Q: The Joint Commission’s standard on Interim Life Safety Measures (ILSM) requires the hospital to implement ILSM for deficiencies to the Life Safety Code (LSC) when the deficiency cannot be …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 1, 2009

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