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Discrepancy in EC.02.03.05?: Joint Commission test appears to conflict with NFPA 25

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, July 1, 2009

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As some of you may have noticed, The Joint Commission’s provisions for main drain tests appear to go beyond what is required by NFPA 25, Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems.
The conflict centers on whether a main drain test can occur at sprinkler system risers and the system low point—as The Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO) allows under element of performance (EP) 9 of standard EC.02.03.05—or only at system risers, as required by the 1998 edition of NFPA 25, which the commission references.
The bigger question may be what other authorities think about the matter.

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