How is the 2012 edition of the newly-organized NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code, addressing the safety challenges in health care facilities?
In today’s special one-day post-conference seminar, Jim Lathrop, FSFPE, Vice President of Koffel Associates, and member of the NFPA 99 Fundamentals Technical Committee, reviewed the document, which features a new risk-based, rather than occupancy-based approach. Today, medical technologies and procedures can be based in a variety of locations, “so it doesn’t matter what the name is on the building,” said Jim. “What matters is that the risks to the patient are addressed.”
Jim also reviewed other major changes in the 2012 edition of NFPA 99, including new chapters on information technology and communication systems, plumbing, and security management. The document also includes a totally-rewritten chapter 12 on emergency management, which features “lessons learned” from recent disasters and better integration with NFPA 1600, Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs.