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  1. Health Facilities Planning Seminar Plan Review Division Irvin J. Poke, AIA, Chief Todd Y. Cordill, NCARB, Assistant Chief Providing for Michigan’s Safety in the Built Environment

  2. Federal Register • Adopted the 2000-edition of the Life Safety Code (LSC), NFPA 101. • No “grandfather clauses”; eliminates references to all earlier editions. • Effective Date: March 11, 2003 • Compliance Date: September 11, 2003 • All Medicare & Medicaid participating facilities become 2000-existing, (Chapter19).

  3. Roller Latches • The Federal Register has not adopted19.3.6.3.2 Exception 2, “Existing roller latches demonstrated to keep the door closed against a force of 5 lbf shall be permitted to be kept in service.” • CMS is giving a 3-year phase in period for this requirement. • 2001 Health Care Facilities Fire Safety Rules does not allow roller latches, so this requirement should already be met by Michigan facilities.

  4. Emergency Lighting • 2000LSC, 7.9.2.1, requires 1½ hours capacity. • CMS is giving a 3-year phase in period for this requirement. • 1997LSC requires 1½ hours, so this requirement should already be met by Michigan facilities.

  5. Protection of Vertical Openings • 2001 Health Care Facilities Fire Safety Rules only require ½-hour separation for existing. • 2000 LSC, 19.3.1.1, requires 1-hour separation for existing.

  6. What is a Vertical Opening ? • An opening through a floor, ceiling or roof • Stairways • Trash Chutes • Linen Chutes • Elevators • Dumbwaiters • Mechanical Shafts

  7. What effect does the 2000 Life Safety Code have? • Many requirements of the 2000 LSC are also requirements in the 1997 LSC. In many instances, facilities should already be in compliance with certain requirements. • In some areas the 2001 Health Care Facilities Fire Safety Rules (that adopts the 1997 LSC) may be more restrictive than the 2000 LSC. To maintain their state license facilities will be required to meet the 2001 Health Care Facilities Fire Safety Rules.

  8. Door Locking • 2000 LSC, 18/19.2.2.2.4, Exception 1 “Door-locking arrangements without delayed egress shall be permitted in health care occupancies, or portions of health care occupancies, where the clinical needs of the patients require specialized security measures for their safety, provided that staff can readily unlock such doors at all times.”

  9. Report Incidents • 2001 Health Care Facilities Fire Safety Rules • R 29.1809 Fire reporting Rule 9. After the occurrence of a fire that results in personal injury or loss of life or property, the administrative authority of a health care facility shall immediately notify the local fire department of all details of the fire.

  10. Report Incidents • Bureau of Construction Codes and Fire Safety

  11. Fire Watch • 9.6.1.8 & 9.7.6.1, Where a required fire alarm system or sprinkler system is out of service for more than 4-hours in a 24-hour period, the AHJ shall be notified and the building shall be evacuated or an approved fire watch shall be provided for all parties left unprotected by the shutdown until the fire alarm or sprinkler system has been returned to service.

  12. Alcohol-Based Hand Cleaner Dispensers • These dispensers may not be mounted on egress corridor walls. • The dispensers may be mounted in rooms or suites of rooms. • Storage is prohibited in corridors including medication carts that are not in use.

  13. Where can I find a copy of the 2001 Michigan Health Care Facilities Fire Safety Rules? • www.michigan.gov/bccfs • Administrative Rules • Fire Safety Administrative Rules • Health Care Facilities Fire Safety R 29.1801  - 29.1861

  14. Plan Submittal Update • Fire Safety plan review staff are now part of the BCCFS, Plan Review Division. • Plan review for fire safety rules continues unchanged. • Applications are on the website. (www.michigan.gov/bccfs)

  15. Power Generators • New or replacement installations shall comply with: • NFPA 110, Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems • NFPA 99, Standard for Health Care Facilities • NFPA 70, National Electrical Code

  16. Storage in Corridors • Storage is not permitted in corridors unless it meets the requirements of OFS Policy #4-8 • Approved equipment in Alcoves that do not obstruct required corridor width • Corridor Charting Unit, OFS Policy #4-15

  17. U.S. Mail BCCFS Plan Review Division P.O. Box 30700 Lansing, MI 48909 Express Courier Delivery BCCFS Plan Review Division 7150 Harris Drive Lansing, MI. 48909 Plan Submission Delivery