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Editor’s choice: New testing and inspection requirements for fire doors

Hospital Safety Insider, November 8, 2012

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Stop me if you've heard this one before: When CMS finally adopts the 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code® (LSC), all fire-rated doors in your facility will be required to be tested and inspected at least once per year. Well, I hope you are aware of this new requirement because it will take more of your time and resources to be in compliance. But are you aware of the details of the new testing and inspection process, and why NFPA decided to add them to the standard? The new 2012 edition of the LSC will reference the 2010 edition of NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives, and for the first time healthcare organizations will have to test and inspect all of their fire-rated doors.

First, we need to clarify that CMS has said it is currently evaluating the 2012 edition of the LSC for adoption; it has not announced that it will adopt the new edition. While some industry watchers believe this is just semantics and CMS will eventually adopt the new edition, others are saying you better wait and see before you jump in with both feet. Whatever your belief, you should be prepared for the worst and be ready to perform the required testing and inspections on all fire-rated doors in your building.

This brief was excerpted from the December issue of Healthcare Life Safety Compliance.
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