Magazine article Health Facilities Management

myASHE Online Member Community: MESSENGER

Magazine article Health Facilities Management

myASHE Online Member Community: MESSENGER

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The My ASHE Messenger column contains excerpts of topics from My ASHE, the member-only community for the American Society for Healthcare Engineering. To join the discussion, visit my.ashe.org.

QUESTION: What is the maximum amount of alcohol hand sanitizer and alcohol disinfectant allowed to be stored?

Life Safety Code (LSC) 2012 18/19.3.2.6(7) limits the amount of alcohol-based hand rub stored in a smoke compartment to 5 gallons. Storage in excess of 5 gallons in a smoke compartment must be stored in accordance with NFPA 30, which may require a flammable liquid storage cabinet depending on the amount stored.

QUESTION: How should managers deal with discrepancies between the Facility Guidelines Institute/ASHRAE guidelines and Association for Advancement of Medical Instrumentation standards regarding humidity and temperature requirements for central sterile supply decontamination spaces?

As directed in the Interim Guidance from the Joint HVAC Task Force from September 2015, every health care organization should determine the HVAC operating parameters for operating rooms (ORs), the sterile processing department, endoscope procedure rooms, sterile storage rooms and other monitored areas that meet their patient, personnel and product storage needs. …

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