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Tip of the week: You decide whether to lock electrical panels

Hospital Safety Insider, October 13, 2009

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The Joint Commission has no requirements for hospitals to lock electrical panels. However, an online FAQ posted by the commission states facilities should conduct risk assessments for locking electrical panels in areas that treat or house patients who may try to access the panels (e.g., pediatrics or behavioral health).
 
“Electrical panels located in secure areas that are accessible to authorized staff may not need to be locked,” the FAQ adds.
 
Remember, Joint Commission FAQs carry the same weight as standards, so it’s a good idea to occasionally peruse the online list.
 



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