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A new certification for health care facility managers

Blog Post created by seanryan Employee on Apr 27, 2016

healthCare.jpgOver the past 2 years at NFPA we have all been waiting for the Centers for Medicare + Medicaid Services (CMS) to announce that they are switching their requirements from the 2000 edition of NFPA 101, The Life Safety Code, to the 2012 version. It’s a HUGE deal as we all know. One question that everyone keeps asking is “when will the final rule be announced?”

 

We still don’t know for sure but there are rumblings that the announcement is imminent. The other question that seems to be coming up is “when a surveyor from CMS or the accrediting organization comes in to your health care facility to conduct an audit, who is the person on your staff that will answer their questions based on the 2012 edition?”

 

In preparation of that answer and while we wait for CMS, the Certification team at NFPA has created a new certification specifically designed for facilities managers in health care occupancies.  A few members of the advisory board that helped create the certification exam had this to say about this new program:

 

“Every facility manager needs to be continually focused on fire/life safety compliance, and the CLSS certification is one way to illustrate to your organization that you have the knowledge and skills needed to stay on task with these challenging requirements.”

-Valerie Laktash, Director of Facility Services at Placentia-Linda Hospital

 

"Health care engineers interface with and impact more internal departments than ever before. Ever-changing technologies have to be seamlessly integrated. Government, community members, hospital staff and patients rely on us as to interpret and implement regulations designed to make our health care facilities safer for all. Hospital administrators depend on us to not only meet current facility requirements but also plan future needs. Regardless of how the job changes, one thing remains the same: Health care engineers make sure that the medical staff and patients have clinically excellent facilities and a clean, safe environment of care. This new NFPA certification is based on one of the most important codes we must interpret – NFPA 101-2012 and it represents a mandatory credential going forward in this profession”

-Edward M. Browne, Vice President Support Services, Cambridge Health Alliance

 

For more information on this new certification, please visit www.nfpa.org/clss

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