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Joint Commission revision:You don’t need fire watches for planned disruptions

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, August 1, 2009

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The Joint Commission’s amended fire watch policy is bound to make your accreditation compliance a bit easier, even though it remains to be seen how other regulators will view the changes.
The June Joint Commission Perspectives explains how The Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO) expects hospitals to institute fire watches, and in doing so, differentiates between scheduled system outages (e.g., servicing a system) and unscheduled disruptions (e.g., a component failure).
Ultimately, you must determine how to best manage any situation in which your sprinkler or fire alarm system is potentially compromised, George Mills, FASHE, CHFM, CEM, senior engineer at The Joint Commission, said during a Joint Commission Resources audio conference in June.

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