Health care facilities typically house an array of gases--oxygen, helium, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, for example--that are stored in cylinders and serve a variety of medical purposes. As with other medical gas equipment, there are potential hazards associated with these cylinders. Fires and explosions can be exacerbated by its contents, and physical damage to the cylinders may lead to mechanical problems.
NFPA's new fact sheet highlights these hazards and how NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code, safeguards the storage of medical gas cylinders. It lists safety precautions for handling cylinders and related NFPA resources tied to NFPA 99.
Download the new fact sheet and share with colleagues responsible for maintaining or inspecting health care facilities.
I will admit that Chapter 4 of NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems provides very little in the way of “meaty” requirements. It does however deal with one of the fundamental requirements that very few people pay attention to: the owner's certificate. This document sets up the entire design for the contractor and the approval/plan review foundation for the AHJ, however it is ignored by most.
During my recent NFPA Live presentation I looked at the criticality of this document in terms of getting a project started as well as playing a role in the management of change throughout the building’s lifecycle.
I received this follow-up questions from a member. I'm now sharing it with you. I hope you find some value in it.
The following proposed Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) for the 2016 edition of NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, are being published for public review and comment:
Anyone may submit a comment on these proposed TIAs by the March 22, 2018 closing date. Along with your comment, please identify the number of the TIA and forward to the Secretary, Standards Council before the closing date.