Changes to Life Safety Compliance

Changes to Life Safety Compliance

Changes With the New 2012 Life Safety Code Presented by: Brad Keyes, CHSP Senior Consultant Keyes Life Safety Compliance, LLC Changes to Life Safety Compliance Healthcare leaders will have to deal with many changes in Life Safety compliance when the 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code (LSC) is finally adopted by the Centers for Medicare &

Medicaid Services (CMS) The changes are an accumulation from revisions to the 2003, 2006, 2009 and the 2012 editions 2 Changes to Life Safety Compliance The following presentation is not a complete list of all the changes, but the common ones that most likely will affect operations for a healthcare facility All references to the Life Safety Code are to

the 2012 edition 3 The Last Time The last time a change in the edition of the Life Safety Code was made, it was a significant event. CMS adopted the 2000 edition on March 11, 2003. Previously, they had been on the 1985 edition, which was horrible. 4

The Last Time The Joint Commission (TJC) had adopted some new editions as they were published, but CMS did not. This created confusion and frustration as many hospitals took advantage of the exceptions in the LSC edition that TJC enforced, which were not in the 1985 edition. This resulted hospitals being in compliance with Joint Commission, but not with CMS. 5 The Last Time

Joint Commission and CMS were not on the same edition until March, 2003, but they have been ever since. Now that Joint Commission receives their deemed status from CMS (before 2009 they received it from Congress), they will always be on the same edition as CMS. 6 The Last Time Likewise, Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) and Det Norske Veritas (DNV) are also on the same edition as CMS.

All of the Accreditation Organizations will move with CMS to the 2012 edition, when CMS finally adopts it. (No indication as to when). 7 The Last Time Why does it take so long to adopt a new edition of the LSC? The Administrative Procedure Act of 1946 requires federal agencies to follow specific rule-making procedures when they want to make changes to

their rules. 8 The Last Time Any change in the rules must have proper due diligence conducted on the estimated cost involving the change. CMS must also issue a proposed rule, which they did in April, 2014, and then allow the public to make comments. CMS will review all of the comments submitted and then issue a final rule. 9

The New 2012 LSC Lets take a look at the changes you will find when the new 2012 LSC is finally adopted 10 Openings in Exit Enclosures Currently, the 2000 edition of the Life Safety Code does not allow any openings (entrances to rooms) to unoccupied rooms in exit enclosures (stairwells or exit passageways).

11 Openings in Exit Enclosures That means a door to a mechanical room at the top of a stairwell was not permitted without a vestibule between the stairwell and the mechanical room.

12 Openings in Exit Enclosures Section 7.1.3.2.1 (9) now permits openings (doors) to non-occupied mechanical rooms provided: It is an existing opening It is a properly fire rated assembly No fuel-fired equipment in the room The room does not contain storage of combustibles The entire building is fully protected with automatic sprinklers

13 Openings in Exit Enclosures Section 7.1.3.2.1 (10) also limits the penetrations, such as pipes and conduits, in an exit enclosure, but now they have allowed the following additional penetrations: Existing penetrations that are properly firestopped Penetrations for fire alarm circuits (even circuits that do not serve the exit enclosure), provided they are in metal conduit and the penetrations are properly fire-stopped 14

Action Required to Comply: Make sure your building is fully sprinklered Prepare to prove the dates of the construction for the condition Clean out all the combustible storage thats accumulated over the years 15 Electrically Locked Doors

Previously there were three situations where you can lock doors in the path of egress: Clinical needs Delayed egress Access control Now, there will be a fourth situation and it changes everything 16 Electrically Locked Doors Section 7.2.1.5.6 will now allow doors in the path

of egress to be electrically locked if equipped with listed hardware and meets the following conditions: The door release hardware (crash bar) is affixed to the door leaf- (This means a wall-mounted Push to Exit button is not sufficient) The door release hardware must be obvious on how it operates and readily operates in the direction of egress(Continued) 17

Electrically Locked Doors Continued: The door release hardware (crash bar) is capable of being operated with one hand in the direction of egressOperation of the door release hardware interrupts power directly to the electric lock and unlocks the door Loss of power to the door release hardware automatically unlocks the door Hardware must be appropriately listed in accordance with ANSI/UL 294 standard 18

Electrically Locked Doors In essence, the Life Safety Code now considers electrically locked doors as a normal door assembly and does not consider it as a special locking arrangement This has the effect of equating the electrically controlled lock to a traditional, mechanically latched or locked door. Sections 18/19.2.2.2.1 allow for this arrangement in hospitals 19

Action Required to Comply: Understand where this type of locking hardware applies Does not allow lock release by key pad or card access systems 20

Dead-Bolt Locks Sections 7.2.1.5.10 requires the releasing mechanism on the door shall open the door with no more than one operation. Previously, this would mean that dead-bolt locks that are not an integral part of the latch-set, are not permitted. 21 Dead-Bolt Locks

A new section (7.2.1.5.10.6) allows two releasing operations will be permitted for existing hardware on a door serving an occupant load not exceeding three persons, provided the releasing mechanisms do not require simultaneous operations. 22 Action Required to Comply: Can you prove the dates when the dead-bolt locks were applied?

Hardware must still have an obvious method of operation Dead-bolt locks should not be keyed on both sides 23 Fire Door Testing and Inspection Sections 7.2.1.15.2 and 8.3.3.1 require all fire doors to be inspected and tested (per NFPA 80) The individual conducting the inspection must

have knowledge and understanding of the operating components of the door being inspected 24 Fire Door Testing and Inspection What qualifies the individual to have knowledge or understanding? The LSC does not specify, but the authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) will want to see how

you determined that the designated individual is knowledgeable and understands on door operations 25 Fire Door Testing and Inspection Some of the requirements for each fire door inspection and testing: Must be conducted annually with written records that are dated and signed

Visually inspect doors for any damage or missing parts Operate the door fully to ensure door will close and function properly Inspect door hardware and replace all defective items Tin-clad doors must be inspected for dry rot of the wood core 26 Fire Door Testing and Inspection Additional requirements for each fire door inspection and testing:

No holes or breaks exist in the surfaces of the door or frame Glazing and glazing beads are intact and secure Clearance between the bottom of the door and the threshold cannot exceed inch, unless the bottom of the door is mounted more than 38 inches above the floor, then the clearance is limited to 3/8 inch Check to make sure the coordinator is operating correctly 27 Fire Door Testing and Inspection

Additional requirements for each fire door inspection and testing: Make sure positive latching hardware secures the door in the closed position Confirm that no field modifications have been made to the door or frame that would void the fire rating Check door and rating label to ensure it is legible, and it is the proper rating for the barrier 28

Action Required to Comply: Dont wait until the last minute: Prepare in advance If in-house, arrange for training or certification If not in-house, identify a consultant Identify the doors requiring inspection (its not all doors) Create the format for the written report Budget in advance; both for the initial inspection and the annual inspection Dont forget ILSMs 29

Door Locks for Safety Needs Lets look at door locking arrangements, again The application of locks for clinical needs was always confusing. It was always allowed for Psychiatric and Alzheimers units, but the AHJs could not always agree that these locks could be used in infant nurseries and pediatric units. 30 Door Locks for Safety Needs

Section 19.2.2.2.5.2 now allows doors to be locked for safety needs frequently found in nurseries, pediatric and maternity units, provided: Staff can readily unlock the doors at all times A complete smoke detection system is installed in the locked space, or the locked doors can be remotely unlocked from a constantly attended location The building is fully protected with sprinklers The locks are electrical locks that fail safe on a power loss Doors unlock on activation of smoke detectors or sprinklers

31 Action Required to Comply: If contemplating changes take a fresh overall look at security needs May work well with an infant abduction system Building must be fully protected with sprinklers Complete your sprinkler project now Most nurse stations are not constantly attended

32 New Corridor Projection Requirements Section 19.2.3.4 now allows: Non-continuous projections on wall no more than 6 inches above the handrail height in corridors that are at least 6 feet wide The 2000 edition did not have this allowance but it was permitted through the interpretation of the Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) for Alcohol Based Hand-Rub (ABHR) dispensers

33 New Corridor Projection Requirements The TIA for the 2000 edition had requirements on how far apart items mounted on the wall had to be The 2012 edition did away with the distance requirements and only requires the items to be non-continuous 34

New Corridor Projection Requirements The 2012 LSC will still require you to limit wall projections to no more than 6 inches, so images like these will still be a deficiency 35 New Corridor Projection Requirements But CMS has stated in their proposed rule to adopt the 2012 LSC that they will require hospitals to abide by the more restrictive 4 inch maximum corridor projection required by the Americans with Disabilities act (ADA)

36 Action Required to Comply: Identify projections greater than four inches and resolve them proactively Budget for changes accordingly Look out for equipment in alcoves that project greater than four inches into the corridor

37 New Corridor Width Requirements Section 19.2.3.4 now will allow certain wheeled equipment to project into the required width of the corridor, provided the following is in compliance: The corridor is at least 8 feet wide The clear width of the corridor is not reduced to less than 5 feet There is a written fire safety plan and training program that address the relocation of the

wheeled equipment during a fire 38 New Corridor Width Requirements The permissible wheeled equipment is limited to the following: Equipment and carts in use Medical emergency equipment not in use Patient lift and transport equipment

39 New Corridor Width Requirements Examples of the permissible wheeled equipment are: Food service carts in use Housekeeping carts in use Medication carts in use Isolation carts (should be removed when not used) Crash carts Wheeled emergency medical equipment Portable lift equipment

Transport equipment 40 New Corridor Width Requirements Wheeled equipment that is not permitted: Beds Televisions Commodes Linen carts Soiled linen hoppers Trash containers Desks Chairs

Tables 41 New Corridor Width Requirements What about the ever-present Computers on Wheels (COWS)? CMS, Joint Commission and HFAP are on record as saying computers on wheels will not be considered as medical

emergency equipment 42 New Corridor Width Requirements Section 19.2.3.4 permits fixed furniture in corridors that are at least 8 feet wide, provided that: The fixed furniture is securely attached to the floor or wall The fixed furniture does not reduce the clear, unobstructed width of the corridor to less than 6 feet

The fixed furniture is located only on one side of the corridor The group of fixed furniture does not exceed 50 square feet 43 New Corridor Width Requirements Additional fixed furniture provisions: The groupings of fixed furniture are separated from each other by at least 10 feet The fixed furniture is located so as not to obstruct access to building service equipment

Smoke compartment corridors are protected by smoke detectors, or the fixed furniture is arranged to allow direct supervision by staff Smoke compartment must be protected by automatic sprinklers 44 New Corridor Width Requirements Be careful: Even with the new 2012 Life Safety Code, scenes like this will be a problem: The medical equipment appears to be stored,

which is not the intent of the Code The chairs are not attached to the floor or wall 45 Action Required to Comply: Regarding Wheeled Equipment There main difference from the current 2000 LSC is now wheeled emergency medical equipment not in use is permitted to be left in the corridor, along with portable lift equipment

and patient transport equipment Defining and limiting items to those allowed could be difficult in working with staff 46 Action Required to Comply: Regarding Wheeled Equipment The written fire plan will require identifying where equipment goes during a fire. This takes some thought as it cannot be placed anywhere that would interfere with the required path of

egress. Not having such locations is often the reason why things end up in the corridor in the first place, particularly in older hospitals [Having a plan that states equipment will be placed in an empty patient room is not acceptable, since the possibility exists that all of the patient rooms may all be full.] 47 Action Required to Comply: Regarding Wheeled Equipment Training will need to be extensive and on-

going, and will need to be tailored to specific locations. A general policy will not address where to put things during a fire Some thoughts should be given to the image projected if items in the corridor become numerous 48 Action Required to Comply: Regarding Fixed Furniture In a hospital (as opposed to a long term care

facility) fixed furniture in the corridor should be used for a clear program need; not as a matter of convenience Where used for supplemental seating for waiting needs, consideration should be given to patient and family privacy needs, particularly in busy public corridors 49 Suites of Rooms The 2012 edition has clarified many issues involving suites, and has a few changes that

should be of some help to hospitals Suites are only found in healthcare occupancies and ambulatory care occupancies. Only sleeping suites are found in healthcare occupancies. A suite can be defined as one large room with many smaller rooms inside it 50 Suites of Rooms Clarifications: Suite perimeter walls and doors must meet

the requirements for corridor walls and doors Hazardous areas inside a non-sleeping suite do not have to be separated from the rest of the suite, if the entire suite is classified as a hazardous area (Labs) Sterile surgical materials limited to a one-day supply in a sprinklered OR suite may be open to the rest of the suite without separation 51 Suites of Rooms New changes, according to 19.2.5.7: Sleeping suites may use a horizontal exit as

one of their required exits If two or more exit access doors are required from a suite, then one of the exit access doors may be to an exit enclosure or an exterior exit Sleeping suites are required to have constant supervision by staff 52 Suites of Rooms New changes, according to 19.2.5.7: Patient sleeping rooms inside a suite

must allow direct supervision by staff, or the entire suite must have automatic smoke detection 53 Suites of Rooms New changes, according to 19.2.5.7: Where two exits are required from a suite, one of

the paths of egress is permitted to be into an adjoining suite, provide the separation between the suites meet corridor wall and door requirements The 100 foot travel distance limitation only applies to the first suite (The travel distance limitation resets for the 2nd suite) 54 Suites of Rooms New changes, according to 19.2.5.7: Sleeping suites are limited to 5,000 ft

Sleeping suites are limited to 7,500 ft provided the following conditions apply: The entire smoke compartment where the suite is located is protected with standard response sprinklers and smoke detector, or; If the entire smoke compartment where the suite is located is protected with quickresponse sprinklers, then smoke detectors are not required 55 Suites of Rooms New changes, according to 19.2.5.7: Sleeping suites are limited to 10,000 ft

provided: The patient sleeping rooms are arranged for direct supervision by staff The entire suite is covered by smoke detectors The entire suite is protected with automatic sprinklers 56 Suites of Rooms New changes, according to 19.2.5.7: Non-sleeping suites must have an exit

access to a corridor or to a horizontal exit In non-sleeping suites, where two or more exit access doors are required, one of the exit access doors is permitted to an exit enclosure or exit door to the exterior 57 Suites of Rooms New changes, according to 19.2.5.7: In non-sleeping suites that require two means

of egress, one of the means of egress is permitted to be into another suite, provided the separation between the suites complies with corridor wall and door requirements (The adjacent suite is not considered an intervening room) Travel distances within a non-sleeping suite to an exit access door is 100 feet (No limitations for intervening rooms)

58 Action Required to Comply: There are no real downsides to the new rules for suites of room Take advantage of suites of rooms in your hospital. Many hospitals still do not clearly understand the benefits Re-analyze your facility in light of the new rules to see if there are additional suites that could be created Work with a design professional since suites

affect egressing 59 Hazardous Areas The Life Safety Code always had a short-list of what a hazardous area is in a healthcare occupancy: Boiler and fuel fired rooms Central laundries larger than 100 ft Paint shops Repair shops Soiled linen rooms Trash collection rooms Storage room greater than 50 ft containing

combustibles Laboratories containing flammables or combustibles in quantities less than severe hazard 60 Hazardous Areas Heres what changed for the 2012 edition, according to section 19.3.2.1.5: Soiled linen rooms containing no more than 64 gallons of soiled linen are not considered hazardous Trash collection rooms are now defined as

Rooms with collected trash and are not considered hazardous if they contain no more than 64 gallons of trash 61 Hazardous Areas Additional changes involving hazardous rooms: Gift shops have been removed from the definition of hazardous rooms, and only the gift shop storage room would be considered

hazardous if it exceeds 50 ft and contains combustibles Section 19.3.2.5.5 specifically says cooking facilities that comply with section 9.2.3 (and NFPA 96) on fire safety features no longer has to be considered a hazardous area 62 Hazardous Areas Additional changes involving hazardous rooms: Section 43.7.1.2 (2) allows a change in use of a space (such as taking a patient room out of

service and making it a supply room with combustibles) in existing healthcare occupancies that is protected throughout by an automatic sprinkler system, to not have to meet new construction requirements for hazardous rooms, provided it does not exceed 250 ft and it meets the provisions for existing hazardous rooms 63 Hazardous Areas Additional changes involving hazardous rooms: This means section 43.7.1.2 (2) would

require the space to have smoke resistant partitions, and smoke resistant doors that are self-closing, provided the building is fully protected with sprinklers The sprinkler design criteria would have to be checked to make sure it meets ordinary hazard designation 64 Action Required to Comply: It could be difficult to enforce the 64 gallon limit for containers in soiled linen and trash

collection rooms If the existing spaces meet the requirements for hazardous areas it might be best to maintain them as such 65 Cooking Facilities The 2012 edition has new sections on cooking equipment which is focused towards nursing homes. Section 19.3.2.5.2 allows residential cooking equipment that is used for

food warming or limited cooking not to have to comply with NFPA 96 (such as exhaust hoods), and the area is not considered a hazardous area 66 Cooking Facilities Other new sections permit small cooking areas that are limited to preparing meals for no more

than 30 persons to either be open to the corridor, or not be required to comply with NFPA 96 However, there are heavy restrictions on how the cooking equipment is arranged and used. 67 Action Required to Comply: This change on cooking facilities in the 2012 LSC was made for the benefit of nursing homes and long term care facilities

The change was made in the healthcare occupancy chapter so it does apply to hospitals, although it is not expected that hospitals would be interested in this change 68 Alcohol Based Hand-Rub Dispensers Section 19.3.2.6 is a new section on ABHR dispensers which was not in the 2000 edition Aerosol foam dispensers limited to 18 oz. are

now permitted The ABHR solution is not permitted to exceed 95 % alcohol content by volume 69 Alcohol Based Hand-Rub Dispensers Additional changes on ABHR dispensers One dispenser located inside a patient room or suite is not

included in the aggregate total per smoke compartment Dispensers are required to have 1 inch clearance, side-toside and not allowed to be mounted over ignition sources 70 Alcohol Based Hand-Rub Dispensers Section 21.3.2.6 now allows ABHR dispensers in corridors of Ambulatory Care Occupancies

71 Action Required to Comply: However, there is still nothing in Chapter 39 that would permit ABHR dispensers in Business Occupancies In fact, section 8.7.3.2 prohibits flammable liquids in locations that would jeopardize egress 72

Automatic Sprinklers We all know that new healthcare construction must be protected with automatic sprinklers. Previously in the 2000 edition, existing healthcare occupancies only had to be protected by sprinklers if they met the following parameters: If the Construction Type required it If the facility was being renovated or remodeled, then just the renovated area had to be sprinklered 73

Automatic Sprinklers Now, there are new sections of the existing healthcare chapter that requires sprinklers in existing facilities: 19.3.5.1 requires existing nursing homes to be fully protected with sprinklers (Certain areas of Type I and Type II Construction facilities are permitted to have alternative measures) 19.3.5.2 (and 19.4.2) requires existing high-rise healthcare occupancies to be fully

protected with automatic sprinklers within 12 years of the adoption of the 2012 edition (Includes hospitals as well as nursing homes) 74 Automatic Sprinklers A high-rise facility is defined as: A building where the floor of an occupiable story is greater than 75 feet above the lowest level of fire department vehicle access. Check your facility

to see if it is considered a high-rise facility. 75 Action Required to Comply: Fully protected with sprinklers means all accessible spaces must be sprinklered, including these often overlooked areas: Building over-hangs Walk-in coolers and freezers Atriums (with some exceptions)

Closets (with some exceptions) Storage areas 76 Action Required to Comply: CMS has requested in-put on the 12-year rule for existing high-rises facilities to be sprinklered The final rule may require the installation of sprinklers sooner, so start the budget process

today 77 Fireplaces Section 19.5.2.3 now allows fire places in new areas of the healthcare facility Direct-vent gas fire places are permitted inside smoke compartments containing patient sleeping areas, provided: They are not located inside patient sleeping rooms

The smoke compartment must be fully protected with automatic sprinklers Fireplace must have a sealed glass front Carbon monoxide detectors must be placed in the room with the fireplace 78 Fireplaces Section 19.5.2.3 now allows solid fuel-burning fireplaces in areas other than patient sleeping areas Solid fuel-burning fireplaces must be separated from

patient sleeping areas by a 1-hour fire rated barrier Must comply with applicable NFPA standards (see 9.2.2) Carbon monoxide detectors must be placed in the room with the fireplace 79 Action Required to Comply: Solid fuel fire places is a great risk for infection control issues, as well as creosote

condensation on the chimney It is best to use a clay or ceramic tile chimney rather than a steel chimney for solid fuel fire places 80 Operating Features The 2000 LSC had this requirement for combustible decorations: Combustible

decorations are not permitted unless they are flameretardant or have been treated with approved fire-retardant coatings 81 Operating Features Section 19.7.5.6 has new requirements for decorations in healthcare occupancies Combustible decorations that meet the

requirements of NFPA 289 and NFPA 701 are permitted Photographs, paintings and other art may be directly attached to walls or non-fire rated doors, provided it does not interfere with the operation of the door 82 Operating Features New requirements for decorations:

Combustible decorations (photographs, paintings) may not exceed 20 percent of the wall and ceiling area in non-sprinklered 83 Operating Features New requirements for decorations:

Combustible decorations may not exceed 30 percent of the wall and ceiling area in a sprinklered smoke compartment Combustible decorations may not exceed 50 percent of wall and ceiling area inside patient sleeping rooms having a capacity not exceeding 4 persons, in a sprinklered smoke compartment 84 Operating Features Containers for documents waiting to be

shredded were required to be stored in a hazardous room if they exceeded 32 gallons This is a picture of a 96 gallon capacity container and was a common sight 85 Operating Features Section 19.7.5.7.2 has new requirements for containers used for recycling clean waste and/or patient records

Containers must be labeled and listed as meeting FM Approval Standard 6291, or similar approval Containers up to 96 gallons capacity are not required to be stored in a hazardous room 86 Action Required to Comply: Combustible Decorations

Identifying the area for the 20% and 30% wall and ceiling areas may be challenge Areas separated by barriers (doors) have to be considered separate area Make sure the clean waste/patient records container meets the requirements listed [Clean waste means clean waste!] 87 Sprinkler System Testing NFPA 25 Standard for the Inspection, Testing

and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, 2011 edition is referenced by the new 2012 LSC. Water-flow switches that are vane-actuated or pressure-switch type are now permitted to be tested semi-annually, instead of quarterly. 88 Sprinkler System Testing Electric motor-drive fire pumps will now be allowed to be tested on a no-flow basis (churn) monthly, instead of weekly.

Diesel driven fire pumps still have to be tested weekly. 89 Action Required to Comply: No real down-side on this change. Should save time and resources in testing requirements Make sure all NFPA 25 requirements are

complied with in regards to testing procedures for water-flow switches and fire pumps 90 Temporary Construction Barriers NFPA 241 Standard for Safeguarding Construction, Alteration, and Demolition Operations (2009 edition) is referenced by section 19.7.9.2 for

temporary construction barriers. 91 Temporary Construction Barriers This new edition of NFPA 241 will require 1hour fire rated barriers between construction areas, and occupied areas if the construction area is not protected with automatic sprinklers. Plastic tarps will not be permitted as barriers for sprinklered construction areas, even if they are fire retardant.

92 Action Required to Comply: It is unclear how CMS and the accreditation organizations will enforce this issue This requirement will be a greater burden on hospital construction projects The best approach is to install temporary upright sprinkler heads in your construction areas as soon as the ceiling is demolished

93 Generator Testing If your monthly generator load test does not meet the 30% capacity of the nameplate rating, then an annual load test is required. The new 2010 edition of NFPA 110 which will be referenced by the 2012 LSC only requires a 90-minute load test, rather than a 2-hour load test. 94

Generator Testing The new annual test will begin at 50% load for 30 minutes, then move to 75% load for 60 minutes, for a total of 90-minutes of continuous test. No longer required is the 25% load for 30 minutes. 95 Action Required to Comply: This change was made when the technical

committee for NFPA 110 determined that there was no value in testing a generator for 30 minutes at 25% load 96 CMS Categorical Waivers CMS has issued categorical waivers to allow certain sections of the 2012 Life Safety Code to be used now, without having to submit any documentation to implement the use of the waivers. These are available for you to use now, provided

you meet the requirements of the waiver, the requirements of your accreditation organization, and the 2012 LSC section that the categorical waiver refers to. 97 CMS Categorical Waivers S&C memo 10-04 (10/30/09) Allows hospitals to use the NFPA 6-year damper testing interval S&C memo 12-21 (3/9/12)

Allows certain items to be left unattended in the corridor Allows kitchens to not be considered a hazardous area Allows changes with fireplaces Allows combustible decorations 98 CMS Categorical Waivers S&C memo 13-25 (4/19/13) Allows a lower humidity setting of 20% rh in

anesthetizing locations (but subsequent S&C memo requires a risk assessment to ensure equipment and supplies can tolerate the lower humidity levels) S&C memo 13-58 (8/30/13) Allows changes to med gas alarms Allows existing openings to unoccupied rooms in exit enclosures Allows a reduction of the annual test of generators 99

CMS Categorical Waivers Allows locking doors for infant security Allows more than 1 delayed egress locked door in the path of egress Allows changes to suites Allows reduction in testing of waterflow switches and non-flow fire pump testing Allows clean waste recycling containers S&C memo 14-46 (9/26/14) Allows power strips in anesthetizing locations

and patient care areas 100 In Conclusion With the adoption of the 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code there will be many changes. Dont wait Start today in your process in becoming prepared. 101

Questions? That concludes this presentation. Are there any questions? 102 Thank You! Changes With the New 2012 Life Safety Code Brad Keyes, CHSP Keyes Life Safety Compliance, LLC

[email protected]

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