While many health care facilities across the country are still adjusting to last year’s adoption of the 2012 edition of NFPA 99 by CMS, the code revision process at NFPA has continued. We are now only a short time away from the final approval and issuance of the 2018 edition of the Health Care Facilities Code. These changes may affect health care facilities that start new construction projects in jurisdictions with building codes that reference the 2018 edition. These changes may also come into play through the use of categorical waivers or when a newer edition is adopted by CMS.
I will discuss the most noteworthy changes that will be found in the 2018 edition. Topics discussed will include:
New language on risk assessments
New permissible material for medical gas piping
Reorganized electrical systems chapter
Revised medical gas storage requirements
New chapter on dental gas systems
Revised hyperbaric facility requirements