Joint Commission Standards Revisions Related to Life Safety Code Update

PUBLISHED: Sep 25, 2017
Relevant to: Ambulatory Care, Critical Access Hospitals, Home Health, Hospitals

After adopting the 2012 editions of the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 101: Life Safety Code and NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code, the Joint Commission (TJC) revised standards in its Life Safety (LS), Environment of Care (EC), and Equipment Management (EQ) chapters. Joint Commission began assessing compliance for their new standards in November 2016.

TJC has now published additional revisions that include new, revised, and relocated elements of performance (EPs) in the LS, EC and EQ chapters. Changes include, but are not limited to,

  • Testing of emergency lighting systems
  • Inspection and testing of piped medical gas and vacuum systems
  • Updating pertinent NFPA code numbering in references
  • Adding more specificity to existing EPs

These new standards are effective January 1, 2018 for the following programs: Hospital, Home Care, Ambulatory Health Care, Critical Access Hospitals.

StayAlert! is reviewing the changes and will publish more in-depth reviews along with example polices this week.

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