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Regulations, Codes & Standards Q&A: Decorative Paint

By Brad Keyes / Special to Healthcare Facilities Today
October 9, 2019

Q: Have you heard of a code or standard where you cannot use a decorative paint on glass (i.e. Christmas decoration) within an ICU outside door with glass and glass windows?

A: Section says the means of egress shall be continuously maintained free of all obstructions. Section says no furnishings or decorations shall obstruct exits, or their access to the exits, or visibility thereof. Painting the glass window of a door could be considered obstructing the means of egress.

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.



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