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Joint Commission issues new caution about penetrations

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, September 1, 2009

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When the chief engineer at The Joint Commission warns facilities about a life safety deficiency, the problem is about to cause a lot of citations or it already has.

“Unfortunately … just about everywhere we’re surveying, we’re seeing problems with [unprotected fire and smoke barrier] penetrations,” said George Mills, FASHE, CEM, CHFM, senior engineer at The Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO) during a July 1 audio conference presented by Joint Commission Resources.

Unsealed holes poking through barriers have had a significant effect on life safety requirements for improvement (RFI) this year, Mills said.

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