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Keyes Q&A: Hazardous areas, exit doors, panic buttons, gas shutoff valves

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, August 13, 2020

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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. Follow Keyes’ blog on life safety at www.keyeslifesafety.com for up to date information.  

Hazardous area inside a lab

Q: Our hospital laboratory (constructed in 2011) is considered a hazardous area. Within our lab is a storage room that would be deemed a hazardous area as well. Would this hazardous area (storage room) within a hazardous area (lab) require a ¾-hour fire-rated door with a self-closer and positive latching?

A: I would say no because it is located inside a hazardous room (the lab), and the storage room does not present a degree of hazard higher than the rest of the lab (see 3.3.21.4 of the 2012 Life Safety Code® (LSC)). However, if you feel that the contents of this room do in fact present a higher degree of hazard than the rest of the lab...

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