Safety - June 2013
As the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and The Joint Commission prepare to adopt the 2012 Life Safety Code, the effects on facility managers in healthcare facilities will me minimal, and at any rate positive, according to a presenter at the NFPA Conference and Expo.
Many facility managers focus on the technical systems involved in fire and life safety preparation, but understanding how building occupants are likely to behave in an emergency, and taking steps to ensure that their actions help, rather than hinder, everyone's safety also is critical.
Due to recent disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, it may be time for healthcare facilities to take a look at existing disaster readiness plans and see where gaps and loopholes might exist.
A floor matting standard from the American National Standards Institute and National Floor Safety Institute provides guidance on floor mat selection, installation, and care and maintenance.