Q: We would like to store alcohol-based hand rub replacement cartridges in the Central Supply storage room which is located on the lower level of the hospital. We were told by a consultant that this is not permitted. We have the product in the proper fire-rated cabinets and do not exceed 120 gallons. Why can’t we store this in our Central Supply department?
A: According to section 9.3.6 of NFPA 30-2012, Class IB flammable liquids (which is what alcohol-based hand rub product is) are not permitted to be stored in the basement of a building. The basement is defined as a level that is below the level of exit discharge. So, if your Central Supply department is in the basement, you cannot store ABHR dispenser replacement cartridges there. That was an astute observation by your consultant.
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.