Basics of Life Safety Assessment™
Life safety includes the NFPA 101-2012 Edition of the Life Safety Code and its reference codes found in Chapter 2. This includes fire protection equipment testing, which typically comprises alarms, passive and active fire protection systems and employee training in the right procedures to follow in the event of a fire. In general, your healthcare facility must demonstrate that it provides protection against fires for its patients and staff members. This generally requires that you compile and maintain information about the buildings within your facility, including fire and smoke walls, alarms and fire suppression systems.
The National Fire Protection Association, or NFPA, has established a number of codes that apply to building exits, protective systems, maintenance requirements and training for staff members regarding the appropriate procedures to follow if a fire occurs. Sprinkler systems, points of exit and carbon-monoxide detection systems are critically important to ensure the safety of all patients and staff members within your facility. Additionally, the NFPA has established guidelines for the use of medical gases and shower facilities within patient care centers.
Healthcare Life Safety Services offers proven inspection services that can identify areas of noncompliance with NFPA codes and the guidelines established by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This can not only help your healthcare facility to achieve accreditation but will also provide practical help for your facility and the safest environment for your patients.
The Importance of Accreditation
At Healthcare Life Safety Services, we know that your organization’s goal is accreditation and a smooth compliance audit process. We target our inspection services to ensure that your facility is prepared for the accreditation survey process and to identify issues that must be resolved before accreditation is granted for your organization. This focused approach will ensure the fastest completion for your project and the right options for your healthcare facility in preparing for your accreditation survey.
Our Healthcare Life Safety Services team offers Life Safety Assessment™ services tailored to the needs of your facility and oriented toward ensuring that you receive the right recommendations and information about the current state of compliance throughout your facility. We will work with you throughout the process to ensure that you are as ready as possible for the accreditation surveyors. Call us today to schedule an initial meeting with our team. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you.