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Interpretations group tackles paved routes, lift devices

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, February 1, 2010

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Although informal, a new series of interpretations about exit discharges, utility penetrations, and patient lift equipment may help facility managers, regulators, and surveyors stay on the same page with compliance.

The Healthcare Interpretations Task Force—an influential group of authorities that reviews NFPA provisions for medical settings—issued the opinions stemming from deliberations in 2009.

The decisions aren’t formal NFPA interpretations and don’t change any the language of standards or codes. However, task force members agree to abide by the group’s decisions to the extent practical. The NFPA serves as the organizer of the task force’s activities.

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