On November 1 of this year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began surveying to the new 2012 Life Safety Code. As a result, healthcare facility managers have discovered a multitude of new requirements that have the potential to significantly increase departmental workload. Mandates for annual OR fire drills, mechanical/electrical/medical systems risk assessments, and 1-hour fire ratings for temporary construction barriers are just a few of the new elements that can pose serious challenges to implementation.
So what are the new requirements lurking in the 2012 Life Safety Code—and which of them are causing the biggest headaches in healthcare facilities? Join leading healthcare industry consultant Brad Keyes, CHSP, as he identifies the new 2012 LSC requirements that add to the workload of a typical Facility Manager.
Brad Keyes, CHSP, is the owner of KEYES Life Safety Compliance, and his expertise is in the management of the Life Safety Program, including the Environment of Care and Emergency Management programs. Keyes has worked as a consultant to the healthcare industry for more than 5 years, and in the facilities management side of healthcare for more than 30 years, most recently as safety officer at a large Midwest hospital. He also was one of the original Life Safety Code® specialist surveyors for The Joint Commission and has more than three years of experience in hospital accreditation surveys. He currently is an advisor on all issues of Life Safety to the American Osteopathic Association, Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP).
Keyes' clients have included insurance underwriter groups, hospitals, ambulatory care centers, physician practice groups, and large integrated systems across the country. He analyzes and develops leadership effectiveness and efficiency in work processes, focusing on assessing an organization's preparedness for survey, evaluating processes in achieving preparedness, and guiding organizations toward compliance. Keyes presents at national seminars, regional conferences, and audio conferences and teaches the Life Safety Boot Camp series to various groups and organizations. He is the author or coauthor of many books on the subject of healthcare safety compliance.
Keyes has also authored a variety of articles in numerous publications addressing features of life safety and fire protection, as well as white papers and articles on the Building Maintenance Program. Keyes is currently a regular columnist for Healthcarefascilitiestoday.com and is certified as a Healthcare Safety Professional by the Board of Certified Healthcare Safety Management.