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Joint CommissionPortable Space Heaters

Q: Could you please clear up a concern related to section 19.7.8 of the 2012 Life Safety Code, that addresses Portable Space-Heating Devices? Section 19.7.8 (1) states such devices are …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 22, 2019
Portable Space HeatersArticle

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... Ah.. Portable electric heaters. A problem for nearly every hospital. Staff gets cold and Facilities …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 17, 2018
Q&APortable Space Heaters

Q: Are portable heaters permitted in long term care facilities in offices and other locations? A: Portable space-heating devices are prohibited in healthcare care occupancies (such as hospitals, nursing homes, …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 21, 2015
Q&APortable Space Heaters

Q: As the cold weather starts to creep up on us I'm continuously asked by staff if they can have a personnel heater in their office space (not patient care …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 26, 2015
Portable Space HeatersArticleHVAC

As I write this posting, it is very cold in Northern Illinois. Keeping a healthcare facility warm and cozy for staff is always a challenge in cold weather, but one …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 6, 2013
Q&APortable Space Heaters

Q: We have a contractor who wants to use a propane gas-fired portable heater to warm an unoccupied space that is currently under renovation in the hospital. The central heating …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 1, 2010

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