Posted on 07/08/2015

By Lynn O’Donnell, Director of Marketing, Healthcare

The Joint Commission has made several updates to Life Safety within its 2015 updates. These waivers are important for healthcare organizations to understand, as they may affect your accreditation:

Egress Doors

LS.02.01.20, EP 1 clarified that means-of-egress doors are not equipped with a latch/lock requiring a tool/key from egress side.

LS.03.01.30, EP 12 updated NFPA reference on egress doors

Dead-End Corridors

LS.02.01.20, EP 26 added a note regarding the use of dead-end corridors.

Corridor Doors

LS.02.01.30, EP 9 revised language on fire resistance of corridor doors.

Dampers

LS.02.01.30, EP 20 removed note regarding dampers and changed NFPA reference.

 

LS.03.01.30, EP 16 qualified with note about when dampers are not required

LS.03.01.30, EP 17 removed note about when dampers are not required and changed NFPA reference.

Fire Resistance of Smoke-barrier Doors

LS.02.01.30, EP 23 revised language on fire resistance of smoke-barrier doors.

LS.03.01.30, EP 19 revised language on fire resistance of smoke-barrier doors.

Alcohol-Based Hand Rub in Smoke Compartment

LS.02.01.30, EP 25 updated note on alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR) gel/foam in a smoke compartment.

 Fire Windows

LS.03.01.30, EP 18 updated NFPA reference on fire windows.

 

Gel/Foam in a Smoke Compartment

LS.03.01.30, EP 20 updated note on ABHR gel/foam in a smoke compartment.

For more information about the 2015 Joint Commission updates, click here to watch our webinar, “Joint Commission Series Part 2 – 2015 Life Safety Updates & Categorical Waivers. 

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