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Q&A: Corridor door closers, wrap plates, steam generators, and keys

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, February 1, 2019

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Editor’s note: Each month, Brad Keyes, CHSP, owner of Keyes Life Safety Compliance, answers your questions about life safety compliance. Our editorial advisory board also reviews the Q&A column. Follow Keyes’ blog on life safety at www.keyeslifesafety.com for up to date information.  

Disabling corridor door closer

Q: While working inside of the office in a healthcare facility, is it acceptable to disable a corridor door's closer by removing the arm to keep it open? I know that propping the door open with a wedge is not an option, but I was wondering if these doors were required to have closers on them due to being corridor doors.

A: No, it would not be acceptable to disengage the function of the closer, even if it was not required by a code or standard. Section 4.6.12.3 of the 2012 Life Safety Code® (LSC) says existing features of life safety that are obvious to the public, even if not required by a code or standard, must be maintained or removed entirely. Now, there are exceptions. When you say “working inside of the office,” if you mean there is a construction project or a repair job in progress, then yes, you can disengage the closer to accommodate that project. In a situation like that, you would assess for Alternative Life Safety Measures according to section 4.6.10.1; some authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ) call these Interim Life Safety Measures, or ILSMs. But if you mean the person whose office it is wants the closer disabled to avoid dealing with a door that closes automatically, then the answer would be no, it is not permitted. If the closer is not required on the door by the LSC, then I suggest asking your state and local authorities whether you may remove the closer.

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