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nfpa 99 health care facilities course

NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Course

NFPA 99 Code improves usability for better health care safety. Building on its successful risk-based approach, the 2015 edition of 

The 2015 edition NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code provides performance criteria for health care facilities that builds on the risk-based approach introduced in the 2012 NFPA 99, where it is the risk posed to patients and staff, not the type of building, that defines safety guidelines. Provisions govern installation, inspection, testing, maintenance, performance, and safe practices for facilities, material, equipment, and appliances -- including medical gas and vacuum systems formerly found in NFPA 99C*.

Major changes in the 2015 NFPA 99 make performance criteria more usable, enforceable, and adoptable:

·         Requirements correlate with the 2014 NFPA 70®: National Electrical Code®.

·         New provisions address using fuel cell systems for backup power, allowing the use of new technology while ensuring the same minimum level of safety.

·         Type 3 Essential Electrical System requirements have been removed from NFPA 99 -- deferring to other codes for required egress lighting.

·         Updated requirements for nurse call systems incorporate widely used terminology and align with the Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI).

Other revisions respond to new information and the evolving industry.

·         Revised minimum allowable temperature for cylinders for nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide help avoid potential loss of pressure.

·         Rewritten Category 3 Medical Gas and Vacuum Systems provisions are aligned with the requirements for Category 1 and 2 Systems, with requirements specific to dental drive gas and dental vacuum systems.

·         First-time requirements for oxygen-concentrator-based refilling systems reflect their increasing use in today\\\'s health care setting.

Keep health care facilities up-to-code and patients and staff safe.

 

The 2015 NFPA 99 is a must-have resource for everyone involved in health care safety including contractors, engineers, facility managers, AHJs, plumbers, gas and vacuum system installers, security personnel, insurance companies, and manufacturers.

 

NFPA® 99 Health Care Facilities Code, 2015 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration

1.1 Scope 
1.2 Purpose
 
1.3 Application
 
1.4 Equivalency
 
1.5 Units
 
1.6 Code Adoption Requirements

Chapter 2 Referenced Publications

2.1 General 
2.2 NFPA Publications
 
2.3 Other Publications
 
2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections

Chapter 3 Definitions

3.1 General 
3.2 NFPA Official Definitions
 
3.3 General Definitions
 
3.4 BICSI Definitions

Chapter 4 Fundamentals

4.1 Risk Categories 
4.2 Risk Assessment
 
4.3 Application
 
4.4 Materials

Chapter 5 Gas and Vacuum Systems

5.1 Category 1 Piped Gas and Vacuum Systems 
5.2 Category 2 Piped Gas and Vacuum Systems
 
5.3 Category 3 Piped Gas and Vacuum Systems

Chapter 6 Electrical Systems

6.1 Applicability 
6.2 Nature of Hazards
 
6.3 Electrical System
 
6.4 Essential Electrical System Requirements — Type 1
 
6.5 Essential Electrical System Requirements — Type 2

Chapter 7 Information Technology and Communications Systems

7.1 Applicability 
7.2 Reserved
 
7.3 Category 1 Systems
 
7.4 Category 2 Systems
 
7.5 Category 3 Systems

Chapter 8 Plumbing

8.1 Applicability 
8.2 System Category Criteria
 
8.3 General Requirements
 
8.4 Category 1. (Reserved)
 
8.5 Category 2. (Reserved)
 
8.6 Category 3. (Reserved)

Chapter 9 Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

9.1 Applicability 
9.2 System Category Criteria
 
9.3 General
 
9.4 Category 1. (Reserved)
 
9.5 Category 2. (Reserved)
 
9.6 Category 3. (Reserved)

Chapter 10 Electrical Equipment

10.1 Applicability 
10.2 Performance Criteria and Testing for Patient Care–Related Electrical Appliances and Equipment
 
10.3 Testing Requirements — Fixed and Portable
 
10.4 Nonpatient Electrical Appliances and Equipment
 
10.5 Administration

Chapter 11 Gas Equipment

11.1 Applicability 
11.2 Cylinder and Container Source
 
11.3 Cylinder and Container Storage Requirements
 
11.4 Performance Criteria and Testing
 
11.5 Administration
 
11.6 Operation and Management of Cylinders
 
11.7 Liquid Oxygen Equipment

Chapter 12 Emergency Management

12.1 Applicability 
12.2 Responsibilities
 
12.3 Emergency Management Categories
 
12.4 General
 
12.5 Emergency Management Category 1 and Emergency Management Category 2 Requirements

Chapter 13 Security Management

13.1 Applicability 
13.2 Security Management Plan
 
13.3 Security Vulnerability Assessment (SVA)
 
13.4 Responsible Person
 
13.5 Security-Sensitive Areas
 
13.6 Access and Egress Security Measures
 
13.7 Media Control
 
13.8 Crowd Control
 
13.9 Security Equipment
 
13.10 Employment Practices
 
13.11 Security Operations
 
13.12 Program Evaluation

Chapter 14 Hyperbaric Facilities

14.1 Scope 
14.2 Construction and Equipment
 
14.3 Administration and Maintenance

Chapter 15 Features of Fire Protection

15.1 Applicability 
15.2 Construction and Compartmentation
 
15.3 Special Hazard Protection for Flammable Liquids and Gases
 
15.4 Laboratories
 
15.5 Utilities
 
15.6 Waste Chutes, Incinerators, and Linen Chutes
 
15.7 Fire Detection, Alarm, and Communications Systems
 
15.8 Automatic Sprinklers and Other Extinguishing Equipment
 
15.9 Manual Extinguishing Equipment
 
15.10 Compact Storage
 
15.11 Compact Mobile Storage
 
15.12 Maintenance and Testing
 
15.13 Fire Loss Prevention in Operating Rooms

 

Annex A Explanatory Material 
Annex B Additional Explanatory Notes 
Annex C Sample Ordinance Adopting NFPA 99 
Annex D Informational References 
Index

 
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