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Keyes Q&A: Oxygen use in salons, tamper-resistant receptacles, and toaster ovens

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, October 1, 2018

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Each month, Brad Keyes, CHSP, owner of Keyes Life Safety Compliance, answers your questions about life safety compliance. Follow Keyes’ blog on life safety at www.keyeslifesafety.com for up-to-date information.   

Oxygen therapy and beauty salons

Q: I am curious if you know of any regulations that deal specifically with long-term care (LTC) residents with oxygen supply and beauty salons. We have a salon in house, and the beautician comes twice a week, and I have a sign up that says “no oxygen allowed in salon.” Do you know of any specific regulations that relate to the use of oxygen in a salon? 

AAfter reviewing sections 10.5.4.1 and 11.5.1.1.4 of NFPA 99-2012, I believe oxygen therapy would not be permitted to be administered around hot appliances. While beauty salon heating devices such as hair dryers and curling irons typically do not get hot enough to warrant special considerations, NFPA 99-2012 prohibits the administration of oxygen therapy around hot appliances—and hair dryers and curling irons are hot appliances. I would recommend to not allow the use of oxygen therapy equipment in a beauty salon, but check with your state and local authorities. 

Tamper-resistant receptacles

Q: My question involves childproof outlets in healthcare. Where are they required, and where in the code does it discuss not using snap-in covers? 

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