During the most recent revision cycle of NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities, there has been an ongoing debate about the definition of "wet locations" in hospital operating rooms. The Technical Committee responsible for NFPA 99 is proposing that operating rooms are a wet location unless a risk assessment has determined otherwise. Rich Bielen, Manager of NFPA’s Fire Protection Systems Engineering Division, walks us through the issue.
- Report: “[Evaluation of Health Care Operating Rooms as Wet/Dry Locations | http://www.nfpa.org/assets/files//PDF/Research/RF_OR_classification.pdf]”, Fire Protection Research Foundation, October 2010
- NFPA Journal®: "[Are Operating Rooms Wet Locations | http://www.nfpa.org/journalDetail.asp?categoryID=1938&itemID=45747&src=NFPAJournal]?" NFPA’s Rich Bielen looks at the ongoing NFPA 99 debate that focuses on the issue of whether operating rooms need additional protection—at additional expense—against electrical shock.