In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about shred bins.
Q: Are shred bins required to have an FM Global fire rating in a hospital? It seems like the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requires it, but the Life Safety Code (LSC) does not.
A: Shred bins are required to have an FM Global fire rating in a hospital. The 2000 LSC treats these containers as waste containers, and section 188.8.131.52 says that if these containers exceed 32 gallons in capacity, they must be stored in a room designated as a hazardous area. The 2000 LSC does not require these containers to be listed or approved by any organization such as UL or FM Global.
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