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Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, February 2014

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 2, February 1, 2014

      Recently, the American Society for Healthcare Engineers (ASHE) presented a webinar on...

Questions & Answers

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 2, February 1, 2014

      Editor’s note: Each month, Senior Editor Brad Keyes, CHSP, owner of Keyes Life Safety...

New life safety surveyors at HFAP

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 2, February 1, 2014

    The nation’s oldest accreditation organization with deeming authority from CMS to survey...

Potential modifications to NFPA 25

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 2, February 1, 2014

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The positive aspect of change

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 2, February 1, 2014

      Recently, the American Society for Healthcare Engineers (ASHE) presented a webinar on...

Hospital security after Newtown

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 6, February 7, 2013

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Clearing up required corridor widths in healthcare facilities

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 6, February 7, 2013

    Corridor widths in hospitals and nursing homes have to be maintained clear and free up to 8 feet...

PFI-- Pretty Freaking Important-- you'd better believe it!

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 6, January 31, 2013

    I’m reasonably certain that we’ve dealt with this before, but there’s been a wee...

Break the "Groundhog Day" cycle, minimizing construction impacts, and changes to the Life Safety Code®

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 5, January 31, 2013

    This week in Hospital Safety Insider: Breaking the “Groundhog Day” cycle, minimizing...

NFPA makes changes to the 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code®

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 5, January 31, 2013

    The 2012 edition of NFPA 101: Life Safety Code® (LSC) is only 18 months old, and already the...

Breaking the "Groundhog Day" cycle

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 5, January 29, 2013

    Recently on the OSHA Healthcare Advisor blog (www.oshahealthcareadvisor.com), we invited readers...

From Mac's Safety Space: Living on a thin line...

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 3, January 17, 2013

    One of the realities of modern healthcare has been the shift (not everywhere, but in a lot of...

Positive latching corridor doors

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 3, January 17, 2013

    Q: Are existing corridor doors required to be positive latching? Section 19.3.6.3.2 of the 2000...

Preventing leaks in water-based fire protection systems

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 2, January 10, 2013

    Corrosion inside fire protection piping that eventually leads to leaks is a problem that most...

Survey "war stories," Safety Officer 101, and listening to Negative Nellie

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 2, January 10, 2013

    This week in Hospital Safety Insider: A primer on things to do when you’re the new safety...

Life Safety Code Q&A: Ambulatory care soiled utility room

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 1, January 3, 2013

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Life Safety Code advice, bomb threat training, and patient follow-up

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 1, January 3, 2013

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Things that go bump (or don’t) in your egress stairwells

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 1, January 2, 2013

    There has been a little increase in findings relative to various items (utility system components...

Radioactive materials, holiday safety concerns, and supporting staff after a mistake

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 53, December 27, 2012

    This week: Steve MacArthur of "Mac's Safety Space" on radioactive materials safety...

Horizontal sliding door limitations

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 53, December 27, 2012

    Nearly every acute care hospital in the United States has horizontal sliding doors, most of them...

"Less bottom rod" fire exit hardware

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 52, December 20, 2012

    Fire-rated doors in healthcare organizations come with different configurations of fire-rated...

Getting permission from AHJ and the JC, a survey on holiday safety, and fire safety hardware

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 52, December 20, 2012

    This week in Hospital Safety Insider: Steve MacArthur of "Mac's Safety Space" on getting...

Is the main drain test really required?

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 51, December 13, 2012

    An understanding of the intent of NFPA codes and standards is something a fire safety professional...

From Mac’s Safety Space: Make a connection with me - A U T O-matic

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 51, December 13, 2012

    This is a question for those of you who have fire pumps;  more specifically, those of you who...

Editor’s choice: Assessing fire door maintenance

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 50, December 6, 2012

    With the increased scrutiny that Joint Commission surveyors and CMS state agency inspectors are...

Briefings on Hospital Safety excerpt: Superstorm Sandy wreaks havoc on the East Coast

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 49, November 29, 2012

    Hospitals in New York City and New Jersey were hit particularly hard as some had to evacuate due...

Editor’s choice: Document shredding containers

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 49, November 29, 2012

    Q: During a recent survey, the surveyor noted that we had two 64-gallon capacity containers, which...

Pamphlet racks in exit routes?

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 48, November 27, 2012

    Q: In exit hallways, if there are items that are attached to the walls, such as computers or...

Briefings on Hospital Safety excerpt: Looking ahead for safety concerns in 2013

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 48, November 22, 2012

    GHS, Life Safety, and Environment of Care top the list of primary concerns heading into the new year

Editor's choice: Halon discharge nozzles

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 48, November 22, 2012

    Q: We have a large computer center that has a halon system in the room. We know in a sprinkled...

Means of egress widths in suites

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 47, November 20, 2012

    Q: During a recent survey, we were cited for not maintaining at least 36 inches of clear width in...

From Mac’s Safety Space: 96 Tears - 96 Hours - 96 Response Plans - You’re gonna cry - cry, cry, cry!

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 47, November 15, 2012

    I was doing some work at a client facility recently and happened to be on site when these folks...

Editor’s choice: Elevator firefighter service testing

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 47, November 15, 2012

    One of the hot issues that accreditation organization surveyors are focusing on lately is elevator...

Document shredding containers

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 46, November 13, 2012

    Q: During a recent survey, the surveyor noted that we had two 64-gallon capacity containers, which...

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

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 46, November 8, 2012

    Stop me if you've heard this one before: When CMS finally adopts the 2012 edition of the Life...

Smoke detectors in on-call physician sleeping rooms

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 45, November 6, 2012

    Q: We recently had an inspection where we were cited for not having a smoke detector in the...

Weekly tip: A look at recent and upcoming life safety changes

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 30, August 16, 2012

    During the 49th Annual Conference & Exhibition for the American Society for Healthcare...

Healthcare design and construction challenges

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 29, August 9, 2012

    When a healthcare facility contemplates new construction or renovation, the organization selects a...

Weekly tip: Contractors’ fire extinguishers

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 28, July 19, 2012

    Q: Is the hospital responsible for the fire extinguishers supplied by the contractors while they...

From Mac's Safety Space: Permissions from authorities having jurisdiction

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 27, July 12, 2012

    Advice from healthcare safety expert Steve MacArthur on permissions from authorities having...

Weekly tip: Changes to the Life Safety Code on fire watch

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 28, July 12, 2012

    Expert advice from HCPro's Healthcare Life Safety Compliance on key issues concerning the Life...

Blog spotlight: CMS allows for certain 2012 LSC standards

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 10, March 15, 2012

    This one has the potential to be the game-changer we’ve been hoping (waiting) for – the...

Mac’s Safety Space: Greetings From the Survey Zone

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 63, April 7, 2011

    A few items have been popping up in surveys over the last couple of weeks; two require a homework...

Mac’s Safety Space: A visit to the infusion center

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 62, March 31, 2011

    Q: Our Chief Operating Officer (COO) is concerned that The Joint Commission may go to our infusion...

Mac’s Safety Space: Life Safety Code retractable hooks

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 61, March 24, 2011

    Q: I had a Life Safety Code question I was hoping you could help me with when you get a chance...

Mac’s Safety Space: Life Safety Surveyor

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 50, January 6, 2011

    Q: I was just wondering what your thoughts are on the expanding life safety surveyor. I am in a...

Mac’s Safety Space: Survey 2011--will we have to juggle more?

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 49, December 30, 2010

    I probably spend too much time thinking about such things, but as I was pondering the expanding...

Mac's Safety Space: Managing medical equipment in outpatient mini-clinics

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 42, October 28, 2010

    Our hospital operates a number of outpatient mini-clinics in places like grocery stores and...

Tip of the Week: Limitations in installing a 112 kVA transformer in soiled utility room

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 42, October 28, 2010

    Each month, Brad Keyes, CHSP, life safety consultant at The Greeley Company, a division of HCPro...

Elevator recall testing

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 41, October 21, 2010

    Each month, Brad Keyes, CHSP, life safety consultant at The Greeley Company, a division of HCPro...

Joint Commission extends Life Safety Code surveyors' length of stay

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 37, September 23, 2010

    At the recent Joint Commission Executive Briefings Session held in New York, an announcement was...

Can door be propped open with a wedge?

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 35, September 9, 2010

    Unfortunately the answer to this question is “it depends,” writes Steve MacArthur...

OSHA Healthcare Advisor Poll: Laboratory standards

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 27, July 6, 2010

    Lab safety officers have the difficult job of adhering to multiple standards from various agencies...

Hospital Safety Center July 2010

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 7, July 1, 2010

    Inside: California hospital hit with major fine for violating the ATD standard EM is no...

Hospital Safety Center June 2010

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 6, June 1, 2010

    Briefings on Hospital Safety is the industry leader in covering The Joint Commission, OSHA, and...

You can remotely attend next week’s Hospital Safety Center Symposium

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 17, April 28, 2010

    A week from the today, the 4th Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium begins in Las Vegas. You can...

Save travel costs by attending the Hospital Safety Center Symposium from your facility

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 16, April 20, 2010

    The 4th Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium is just two weeks away, and if you won’t be...

New state-of-the-art, updated compliance guide for EC, emergency management, and life safety standards

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 14, April 7, 2010

    We’re excited to announce that HCPro has just published its newest compliance guide, Physical...

Quick tip: Verify extinguisher training in medical offices

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    Q: We have our code blue medical emergency system tied into the hospital’s fire alarm system...

Six pointers for better Joint Commission compliance

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    Early survey reports we’ve received in 2010 indicate that The Joint Commission is continuing...

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, April 2010

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    Healthcare Life Safety Compliance exclusively covers life safety issues in healthcare facilities...

Hospital Safety Center April 2010

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    Inside: Options for corpse storage during emergency response EC scoring may herald...

Symposium spotlight: Life Safety Code pointers straight from a state authority

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 13, March 31, 2010

    Life Safety Code® compliance for healthcare facilities figures prominently into the 4th Annual...

Tip of the week: Who’s tracking the quantity of your compressed gas?

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 11, March 17, 2010

    It’s an easy problem for a surveyor to find: Excessive amounts of nonflammable compressed gas...

Symposium spotlight: Brad Keyes will teach you how to better apply ILSMs

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 10, March 10, 2010

    We’re less than two months away from the 4th Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium May 6-7...

Watch for door abuse by staff to avoid citations

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 4, March 1, 2010

    LS.02.01.30 requires hospitals to maintain building features to protect people from smoke and fire...

Hospital Safety Center March 2010

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    Briefings on Hospital Safety is the industry leader in covering The Joint Commission, OSHA, and...

Top-cited standard reveals rift with clinical activities

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    Like many healthcare facilities, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) was cited during its Joint...

Free tool: Sample fire barrier work permit

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 8, February 24, 2010

    Those of you who deal with unsealed penetrations in rated fire walls and floors can check out a new...

Attention vendors: Do you want to exhibit at the Hospital Safety Center Symposium?

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 8, February 24, 2010

    The 4th Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium is coming May 6-7, and we want to alert companies...

Tip of the week: Combustible materials in gift shops may trigger extra protection

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 6, February 10, 2010

    Gift shops are often overlooked as hazardous areas in healthcare occupancies, and because of that...

Free white paper details Joint Commission citations

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 6, February 10, 2010

    The Hospital Safety Center has just posted a free special report called, “2010 Joint...

New this year: Attend the Hospital Safety Center Symposium virtually and save travel costs

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 5, February 3, 2010

    For the first time, you and your colleagues will be able to attend the 4th Annual Hospital Safety...

Questions & Answers

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    Q: Is joint compound acceptable to use to seal penetrations through a fire-rated barrier made with...

Interpretations group tackles paved routes, lift devices

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    Although informal, a new series of interpretations about exit discharges, utility penetrations, and...

The ins and outs of where to install smoke detectors

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    The 2000 edition of the Life Safety Code® (LSC) has few requirements for smoke detectors in...

Age-old problems haunt facilities under LS.02.01.10

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    Many citations under LS.02.01.10 come from a pair of easy-to-find, yet pervasive, problems:

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, February 2010

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    Healthcare Life Safety Compliance exclusively covers life safety issues in healthcare facilities...

Learn important EC and life safety interpretations at next week's audio conference

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 4, January 27, 2010

    Next Wednesday, February 3, join safety experts Steve MacArthur and Brad Keyes, CHSP, both from The...

Upcoming audio conference to explore important Joint Commission interpretations

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 2, January 13, 2010

    Given the rise in physical environment citations by surveyors, 2010 will be a critical year to...

Make early plans to attend the 4th Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 1, January 6, 2010

    Attendees to the upcoming 4th Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium will take away the latest...

Questions & Answers

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    Join Brad Keyes, CHSP, life safety consultant at The Greeley Company, as he answers your questions...

Watch for corridor clutter under top-cited LS.02.01.20

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    With life safety concerns taking such prominent spots on The Joint Commission’s most recent...

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, January 2010

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    Healthcare Life Safety Compliance exclusively covers life safety issues in healthcare facilities...

Resolve to improve your life safety programs in 2010

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    With no major new Joint Commission deadlines passing on January 1, 2010, the changing of the...

Hospital Safety Center, January 2010

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    Briefings on Hospital Safety is the industry leader in covering The Joint Commission, OSHA, and...

Tip of the week: Infection control door caddies bring Life Safety Code concerns

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 52, December 30, 2009

    Those of you who use isolation or infection control caddies that hang over doors should verify the...

Check out info from the latest Healthcare Life Safety Compliance

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 52, December 30, 2009

    The January issue of Healthcare Life Safety Compliance is now available for subscribers, with...

What The Joint Commission, OSHA, and EPA have in store for the New Year

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 52, December 30, 2009

    As we close out 2009 today, let’s take a quick look at what’s coming in 2010 from some...

Tip of the week: Don’t look for national regulation on evacuation maps

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 50, December 16, 2009

    We occasionally receive or otherwise read questions from the field about the need for posting...

Mac’s Safety Space: Advice about what types of holiday decorations to allow

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 48, December 2, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Try these two ideas to avoid life safety pitfalls during surveys

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 48, December 2, 2009

    Compliance with The Joint Commission’s life safety and related EC standards often centers on...

Questions & Answers

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    Q: During a recent inspection, our fire marshal said the five-year standpipe waterflow test is...

Use these nine pointers to avoid life safety pitfalls

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    Compliance with The Joint Commission’s life safety and related EC standards often centers on...

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, December 2009

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    Healthcare Life Safety Compliance exclusively covers life safety issues in healthcare facilities...

Tip of the week: Look to NFPA 96 for help with kitchen fire prevention

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 47, November 18, 2009

    A cooking fire at a New Jersey hospital serves as a reminder that grease can be a hazard.

CMS now permits six-year damper tests in hospitals

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 45, November 4, 2009

    As we first reported Tuesday on our “HospitalSafety” Twitter account, the Centers for...

Take our anonymous Joint Commission poll; results to be published in free report

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 45, November 4, 2009

    If your hospital underwent a Joint Commission survey in 2009, we want to hear from you about how...

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, November 2009

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    Healthcare Life Safety Compliance exclusively covers life safety issues in healthcare facilities...

With the holiday season starting soon, here's a free checklist to monitor decorations

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 43, October 21, 2009

    It won’t be long before holiday decorations start to show up on units and in offices, which...

Mac’s Safety Space: Exit signs in mechanical rooms? It depends ...

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 42, October 13, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Joint Commission reminder: Don’t put portable space heaters at nurses’ stations

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    As many of you prepare to enter chillier months, it’s inevitable that portable space heaters...

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, October 2009

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    Healthcare Life Safety Compliance exclusively covers life safety issues in healthcare facilities...

Questions & Answers

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    Q: During some research in the area around our main security control room, we discovered that two...

Watch for an overabundance of ornaments, artwork

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    It won’t be long before holiday decorations start to show up on units and offices, which...

Beyond architectural needs, CADD drawings can help you comply with fire protection requirements

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 40, September 30, 2009

    With a few tweaks, your computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) drawings can also become...

Explore the outside standards cited within the EC chapter

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 39, September 23, 2009

    It seems like enough work to know The Joint Commission’s environment of care standards, but...

NEXT WEEK! Practical take-home tools will be part of Life Safety Code Solutions for Hospitals

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 38, September 16, 2009

    Our new seminar, Life Safety Code Solutions for Hospitals, takes place September 24-25 in Boston...

It’s not too late to join us for our newest approach to life safety education

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 37, September 9, 2009

    We’re just two weeks away from Life Safety Code Solutions for Hospitals, a convenient...

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance September 2009

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    Healthcare Life Safety Compliance exclusively covers life safety issues in healthcare facilities...

Joint Commission issues new caution about penetrations

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    When the chief engineer at The Joint Commission warns facilities about a life safety deficiency...

CMS sticks with traditional fire watch stance

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    For now, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will continue to observe fire watch...

LSC is light on document mandates, but don't be lax

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    One of the biggest potential pitfalls of any life safety inspection of your facility is whether you...

Older building proves ripe for life safety scrutiny

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    As part of an old facility, Oregon State Hospital’s (OSH) Portland and Salem behavioral...

Your SOC submissions act as living documents

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    The Joint Commission created the Statement of Conditions (SOC) to help facility managers assess...

Questions and Answers

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    Q. Is it permitted to have a time clock in an exit stairwell of a hospital? My vice president of...

Follow specific dimensions for ?No Exit? signs

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    Many of you have heard about surveyors or inspectors who focus on exit signs and their required...

Tip of the week: Take this step when PFI funding is denied

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 35, August 26, 2009

    Generally, The Joint Commission would prefer to see your plans for improvement (PFIs) funded when...

Hospital Safety Center Symposium sessions now available as $99 audio recordings

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 35, August 26, 2009

    Those of you who were unable to attend our 3rd Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium in May can...

Mac’s Safety Space: Alarm transmission options are tight when it comes to fire drill requirements

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 34, August 19, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Understand how ESC ties in with challenges to life safety citations

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 34, August 19, 2009

    When it comes to successfully clarifying life safety citations from Joint Commission surveyors, key...

Questions & Answers

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 8, August 1, 2009

    Q: Our fire policy states that someone must be posted at the elevator during a fire alarm to make...

Confessions of a former life safety specialist: Corridor clutter is among common tour snags

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 8, August 1, 2009

    Corridor clutter is always on the radar for surveyors. Gone is the old myth that you are allowed to...

Joint Commission revision:You don’t need fire watches for planned disruptions

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 8, August 1, 2009

    The Joint Commission’s amended fire watch policy is bound to make your accreditation...

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, August 2009

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 8, August 1, 2009

    Healthcare Life Safety Compliance exclusively covers life safety issues in healthcare facilities...

Mac’s Safety Space: BMP and a tale of hiding in plain site

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 31, July 29, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

We’ll be at the ASHE conference in Anaheim next week

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 31, July 29, 2009

    If you’ll be traveling to Anaheim, CA, next week for the American Society for Healthcare...

Upcoming events will educate you about life safety and emergency management

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 30, July 22, 2009

    HCPro has two brand new seminars coming up in the fall that you’ll want to check out:

Life safety deficiencies top 2008’s citation list, says The Joint Commission

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 30, July 22, 2009

    It won’t take long for this cheery news to reach your bosses: Life Safety Code (LSC...

Tip of the week: Watch for this inadvertent exit sign violation

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 29, July 15, 2009

    The 2000 edition of the Life Safety Code (LSC) requires hospitals to post exit signs that are...

Mac’s Safety Space: Watch out for the ’E’ in your RACE procedures

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 29, July 15, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Joint Commission engineer: BMP won’t return in 2010

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 28, July 8, 2009

    As we first reported last week on Mac’s Safety Space, there appear to be no plans by The...

Mac’s Safety Space: Risk assessments offer good foundation for OR extinguisher choice

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 27, July 1, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Questions & Answers

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 7, July 1, 2009

    Q. Are smoke detectors required to be installed in hospital corridors? I attended a seminar...

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, July 2009

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 7, July 1, 2009

    Healthcare Life Safety Compliance exclusively covers life safety issues in healthcare facilities...

Mac’s Safety Space: Don’t park your wheeled computers in egress corridorsMac’s Safety Space: Don’t park your wheeled computers in egress corridors

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 26, June 24, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Joint Commission test appears to conflict with NFPA 25

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 26, June 24, 2009

    In an exclusive story from HCPro, it appears The Joint Commission?s provisions for main drain tests...

Mac’s Safety Space: Tread carefully on the new fire watch interpretation

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 25, June 17, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

The Joint Commission further explains its fire watch policy

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 23, June 3, 2009

    The Life Safety Code requires hospitals to carry out fire watches when a fire alarm or sprinkler...

Questions & Answers

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    Should a freestanding medical office (business occupancy) be required to evacuate everyone when an...

Physician offices should seek business occupancy status

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    In smaller settings, life safety can easily be buried at the bottom of the to-do list, in part...

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, June 2009

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    Healthcare Life Safety Compliance exclusively covers life safety issues in healthcare facilities...

Newly published FAQs shed light on common confusions

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    In the spirit of its 2009 standards offering greater clarification to help hospital compliance, The...

Some hospitals will get Joint Commission life safety specialists for three days

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 22, May 27, 2009

    Particularly large healthcare facilities now face the possibility of hosting a life safety...

Tip of the week: Keep late-night fire drills hush-hush

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 21, May 20, 2009

    It’s well known that the Life Safety Code and Joint Commission standard EC.02.03.03 require...

SPECIAL EDITION: Coverage from the Hospital Safety Center Symposium

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 20, May 14, 2009

    Hospital actions in response to the H1N1 swine flu outbreak served as a "good dress...

Construction chute contributes to an AZ hospital fire

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 19, May 12, 2009

    A fire in an outside Dumpster climbed up an attached construction debris chute and into part of a...

Check out this new information on the Hospital Safety Center

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 18, May 6, 2009

    Don’t miss out on the great premium content HCPro develops for hospital safety professionals...

Questions & Answers

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    Magnetic latches on suites We recently had an inspection in our hospital where the inspector cited...

Book excerpt: Learn how LS.01.01.01 ties into SOC provisions

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    The Joint Commission?s 2009 life safety chapter incorporates many of the provisions under the old...

NFPA: Cooking fires remain the top threat in hospitals

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    Every year in hospitals and hospices, there are 1,600 fires that result in an average of one death...

Door gaps and wire tied to sprinkler brace grab notice

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    The life safety specialist who visited Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, FL, was a former Air...

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, May 2009

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    Healthcare Life Safety Compliance exclusively covers life safety issues in healthcare facilities...

Briefings on Hospital Safety May 2009

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    Briefings on Hospital Safety is the industry leader in covering The Joint Commission, OSHA, and...

Simple steps may help avoid life safety compliance woes

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    Although it might sound like obvious advice, plenty of safety officers have nonetheless slipped on...

Questions & Answers

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    We currently have a building maintenance program (BMP) that surveyors said was a good program...

Joint Commission notebook: Life safety specialist scheduling remains in flux

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    Following is a list of documentation that The Joint Commission’s life safety specialists are...

Documentation and doors remain survey trouble spots

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    To nip potential Joint Commission problems before they become bigger, you may want to immediately...

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, April 2009

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    Healthcare Life Safety Compliance exclusively covers life safety issues in healthcare facilities...

Take a look at what's new online at the Hospital Safety Center

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 10, March 11, 2009

    We’ve uploaded great new content to the Hospital Safety Center...

Mac’s Safety Space: Getting clinicians to see the importance of unobstructed fire safety equipment

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 9, March 4, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Symposium spotlight: Brad Keyes will detail the importance of life safety drawings

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 9, March 4, 2009

    Considering our first item above, you’ll have a renewed appreciation of life safety floor...

Life safety violations top The Joint Commission's most cited standards list

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 9, March 4, 2009

    In a statistic that can only be bad news for hospitals, the former EC.5.20 was the most cited Joint...

Roof fire offers insights to fine-tune your response plans

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 3, March 1, 2009

    A fire on the roof of a New Hampshire hospital proved the need to keep tabs on projects involving...

Free hospital safety audio conference is now archived online

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 6, February 11, 2009

    A free online recording is now available of HCPro’s popular audio conference, “Hospital...

Tip of the week: You don't need to see two exit signs in all cases

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 4, January 28, 2009

    Last week a competitor of ours ran a story that perpetuated the myth that you must always be able...

Mac’s Safety Space: New Joint Commission FAQs should prompt a critical review

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 3, January 21, 2009

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Our new online sections explain the 2009 physical environment standards

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 1, January 7, 2009

    Speaking of Joint Commission compliance, platinum subscribers to the Hospital Safety Center now...

Celebrate our 10th anniversary by entering our free contest

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 1, January 7, 2009

    We want to thank all of you who’ve been loyal readers along the way, and we’re excited...

The time is here - new life safety standards take effect

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 1, January 1, 2009

    With The Joint Commission’s new life safety standards taking effect on January 1, let’s...

Hospital finds life safety, disaster prep reviews helpful

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 1, January 1, 2009

    Atlantic City, NJ, may be known for its casinos, but Larry Sweeney—AtlantiCare’s...

There is a familiar feel to DNV’s safety standards

  • Hospital Safety Center, Issue 1, January 1, 2009

    It appears that Det Norske Veritas’ (DNV) new accreditation program for hospitals will give...

Upcoming regulations will affect hospitals' day-to-day operations

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 51, December 17, 2008

    The end of the year brings an important Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) change and new Joint...

Tip of the week: Check the status of your kitchen hoods

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 49, December 3, 2008

    A few weeks back, we read about a hospital that received some unwanted surveyor attention related...

Watch for door gap scrutiny, multiple concerns in 2009

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    Seven tips to keep you ahead By now, most of you have had a chance to peruse The Joint...

Life safety citations play a big role in lingering struggle

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    In an example of the long-term ramifications behind requirements for improvement (RFI) from The...

Weigh your risks when protecting electronic records

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, Issue 12, November 11, 2008

    Healthcare facilities protect paper medical records from fire by installing sprinkler systems and...

Mac’s Safety Space: Document all your ILSM assessments--even if you don’t implement an ILSM

  • Hospital Safety Insider, Issue 46, November 5, 2008

    Join Steve MacArthur, safety consultant for The Greeley Company, as he offers advice and best...

Safety problems play role in lost accreditation for NC hospital

  • Emergency Management Alert, Issue 33, September 2, 2008

    A state psychiatric hospital in North Carolina has lost its Joint Commission accreditation in part...