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June 2016: Health Care Facilities Compliance with NFPA 99 (Health Care Facilities Code) and NFPA 101 (Life Safety Code)

ffective May 3, 2016 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that health care facilities were required to meet the 2012 version of Health Care Facilities Code (NFPA 99) and Life Safety Code (NFPA 101). Up until now the 2000 editions was being used for health care compliance. Both NFPA 99 and 101 are on typical NFPA three year update schedules and both have 2015 versions published and in use.

To be familiar with NFPA 99 you need an expert understanding of many NFPA Codes and Standards. For example in just Chapter 15, Features of Fire Protection, there are references to 19 NFPA Codes. They are as follows:

NFPA

Codes and Standards

10

Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers

13

Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems

14

Standard for the Installation of Standpipe and Hose Systems

25

Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems

30

Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code

31

Standard for the Installation of Oil-Burning Equipment

45

Standard on Fire Protection for Laboratories Using Chemicals

54

National Fuel Gas Code

58

Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code

70

National Electrical Code

72

National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code

82

Standard on Incinerators and Waste and Linen Handling Systems and Equipment

90A

Standard for the Installation of Air-Conditioning and Ventilating Systems

91

Standard for Exhaust Systems for Air Conveying of Vapors, Gases, Mists, and Noncombustible Particulate Solids

96

Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations

101

Life Safety Code

110

Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems

111

Standard on Stored Electrical Energy Emergency and Standby Power Systems

211

Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents, and Solid Fuel–Burning Appliances

So what are some of the main requirements of the 2012 versions of NFPA 99 and 101 that will be enforced?

Construction

Automatic Sprinkler Protection / Detection

Human Element Programs & Housekeeping

In addition, the 2012 edition of the NFPA's Health Care Facilities Code gives more detailed provisions specific to different types of health care facilities. Health care providers affected by this rule must comply with all regulations within 60 days of the publication date of the final rule, which was May 4, 2016.

Risk Logic can review your facility to ensure compliance.