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Mechanical Rooms

By Brad Keyes... Q: I have a storage question for you that relates to storing beds and other hospital equipment in our mechanical rooms. Is this allowed or would I be …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 29, 2020
Mechanical RoomsStorage (Life Safety Code)Q&AAmbulatory Care Occupancy

Q: I'm trying to find out particular rules regarding storage and what is allowed to be done in a penthouse. We have a new-construction Ambulatory Care occupancy. The question is …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 22, 2017
Mechanical RoomsQ&AStairwells

Q: With the elimination of the CMS Waivers, I was trying to clarify what now applies for mechanical room combustibles storage (i.e. mechanical areas with only stairway and elevator access …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 31, 2017
Mechanical RoomsQ&ADoor Locks

Q: The computer server is located in the mechanical room. IT wants the room locked for HIPAA compliance. Is it permissible to lock a mechanical room? Doesn't locking compromise access …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 15, 2017
Mechanical RoomsQ&AEmergency Lights (Life Safety Code)

Q: Is emergency lighting required for mechanical rooms? A: The answer depends on whether the mechanical room has a designated aisle, the occupancy classification of the building, and whether it …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 24, 2017
Mechanical RoomsQ&AFire Extinguishers

Q: Are fire extinguishers required to be placed in mechanical rooms in our hospital? I've searched NFPA 10 and the Life Safety Code and haven't found anything concrete. The mechanical …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 10, 2017
Mechanical RoomsQ&A

Q: We have an old dark room that was converted into an air handler room. What’s the requirement for a door to this room? A: It all depends where this …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 25, 2016
Mechanical RoomsQ&ASprinklers

Q: Do air handler mechanical rooms located at the top of a hospital, and are healthcare occupancies, require sprinkler systems? A: Yes… if the rest of the hospital is required …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 3, 2015
Mechanical RoomsStorage (Life Safety Code)Q&A

Q: I was always under the impression that no storage was allowed in mechanical rooms within hospitals. Now I work at a hospital that allows ladders and supplies to be …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 15, 2014
Mechanical RoomsQ&AElectrical RoomsGeneratorsFire Barrier

Q: What is the fire rating supposed to be in the walls of the hospital equipment rooms, such as the generator room, boiler room, chiller rooms, and electrical rooms? We …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 5, 2014
Mechanical RoomsQ&A

Q: We have equipment rooms on the top floor of our hospital that contain mechanical equipment, but no boilers or generators. Are these equipment rooms required to be protected with …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 13, 2012
Mechanical RoomsQ&A

Q: I have a storage question for you that relates to storing beds and other hospital equipment in our mechanical rooms. Is this allowed or would I be cited for …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 22, 2012
Mechanical RoomsQ&A

Q: Is it prohibited to store items in a mechanical equipment room? We have different opinions at our hospital as to what is allowed and what is not allowed. Do …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 24, 2012
Mechanical RoomsQ&A

Q: We have a mechanical room in our hospital whose entrance door opens into the top of an exit stairwell. I was informed by a consultant that this arrangement is …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 6, 2011
Mechanical RoomsQ&A

Q: We have a penthouse mechanical room on top of our hospital that has a vertical shaft used for pipes, conduits and HVAC ductwork which is open to the mechanical …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 1, 2011
Mechanical RoomsQ&A

Q: We have a mechanical room in our hospital whose entrance door opens into the top of an exit stairwell. I was informed by a consultant that this arrangement is …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 1, 2009

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