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Keyes Q&A: Hand sanitizer, Med Sleds, suites, emergency generators

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, May 9, 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.

ABHR dispensers in corridors

Q: We are an inpatient facility that has alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR) sanitizers outside of each room in the corridor. The corridor has carpet on the floor and the corridor is protected with sprinklers. There are fire-rated doors separating the rest of the building from this area. Can you tell me if the hand sanitizers can be in the hallway? Is this considered a sprinklered smoke compartment?

A: Hmm. Not sure. You didn’t say if your smoke compartment where the ABHR dispensers are located is fully protected with automatic sprinklers. You said there were fire doors separating the other half of the building … that does not necessarily describe a smoke barrier. Smoke barriers that separate different smoke compartments are not required to have fire-rated doors. They may have fire-rated doors, but they don’t have to.

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