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Door LocksSoiled Utility Room

Q: During a recent consultation survey, the nurse consultant traced a patient to a general medical floor. She made the comment that all soiled work room doors require locks. Is …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 28, 2020
Ambulatory Care OccupancySoiled Utility Room

Q: How does one handle a "Soiled Utility" room in an Ambulatory Healthcare Occupancy? If it is a small storage room without large volumes of flammable liquids, but perhaps containing …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 13, 2020
Business OccupanciesSoiled Utility RoomStorage Room

Q: Do business occupancy buildings with soiled utility rooms have to be one-hour fire-rated or just sprinkled if the building falls under a hospital license and will be inspected by …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 24, 2019
ArticleSoiled Utility Room

Q: Is it a requirement that all units have a soiled utility room? A: It is not a Life Safety Code requirement or a NFPA requirement that all units must …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 16, 2018
Q&ASoiled Utility Room

Q: Is it required that all soiled utility rooms have a dedicated sink for handwashing only? A: The NFPA Life Safety Code and related standards do not address this issue, …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 7, 2017
Q&ASoiled Utility Room

Q: What is the protocol to maintain a soiled utility room on a patient floor? What guidelines have to be met? A: As far as what guidelines have to be …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 9, 2017
Q&ADoorsSoiled Utility RoomSigns (Life Safety Code)

Q: Are you aware of any door signage requirements for soiled utility rooms and/or trash rooms? A: There is no Life Safety Code requirement for signs on a soiled utility …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 20, 2015
Q&ADoor LocksSoiled Utility Room

Q: Where is the reference in the Life Safety Code that requires the doors to housekeeping or soiled utility rooms to be locked? I have a Risk Management director that …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 31, 2014
Q&ASoiled Utility Room

Q: We plan to take an existing small closet and make it into a new soiled linen room. It measures approximately 35 square feet and I plan to construct this …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 1, 2010
Q&ASoiled Utility Room

Q: Do soiled utility room doors have to be locked all the time? I was informed by our VP Quality Assurance that all of the soiled utility room doors must …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 1, 2009

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