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Testing receptacles, generators, and fire pumps- and more

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, November 1, 2017

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Answers to questions troubling healthcare facility personnel

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.

Receptacle testing

Q: What are the requirements for receptacle testing for hospital-grade receptacles for existing and new healthcare facilities?

A: Section 6.3.4.1.3 of NFPA 99-2012 addresses this issue by saying receptacles not listed as hospital-grade, at patient bed locations and in locations where deep sedation or general anesthesia is administered, must be tested at intervals not exceeding 12 months. So, if you have hospital-grade receptacles, then there is no requirement for testing after the initial installation test, replacement, or servicing of the device (see 6.3.4.1.1). Whether the building is considered new occupancy or existing occupancy, this requirement remains the same. This requirement applies to all applicable locations in all healthcare facilities, and is not limited to just hospitals.

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