Life Safety Code 2012 Update for Hospitals—What Needs Your Attention Now
The Life Safety Code is about to get a major facelift for 2012. And while many of the changes won’t go into effect until 2013, some of them are big enough that you might want to start working on them now.
The changes in 2012 are going to be big. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Systems (CMS) is in the process of reviewing the 2012 edition of the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code (LSC) for adoption into their Conditions of Participation, which every hospital must comply with if they seek reimbursement from the government. (Currently, CMS has been using the 2000 edition of the LSC since March 2003.)
And that means that all accreditation organizations, such as The Joint Commission (TJC), Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), and Det Norske Veritas (DNV), will have to adopt these standards, since they are required to have standards that are equal to the CMS Conditions of Participation.
And if you haven’t adopted the subsequent changes in 2003, 2006, and 2009, since they weren’t enforceable (since CMS hadn’t adopted them), you’ll have to catch up on all those updates too.
Sound daunting? Don’t worry. While everyone is waiting on CMS to adopt the new 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code, safety consultant and speaker Brad Keyes can help shed some light on the biggest changes you’ll want to be ready for ahead of time.
As a Senior Life Safety Consultant for the HFAP, Brad has the inside track on what changes are coming, what you should be ready for, and what surveyors are looking for in their inspections.
The technical committee members who wrote the 2012 edition promise it will lighten the compliance burden for hospital leaders. Find out for yourself by signing up for this in-depth audio conference that’s sure to keep you in compliance—and even give you a head start on the changes yet to come in the LSC.
Brad Keyes, CHSP
Brad Keyes, CHSP, is the owner and Senior Consultant for Keyes Life Safety Compliance and is the Senior Life Safety Consultant for the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP). For HFAP, Keyes’ responsibilities include all areas of life safety as well as emergency management in directing accreditation decisions and policy.
Over the years, Keyes’ clients have included insurance underwriter groups, hospitals, ambulatory care centers, physician practice groups, and large integrated systems across the country. He analyzes and develops leadership effectiveness and efficiency in work processes, focusing on assessing an organization’s preparedness for survey, evaluating processes in achieving preparedness, and guiding organizations toward compliance. Keyes has been effective both in training large groups as well as meeting one-on-one with healthcare leaders. This work has involved organizational assessment; management training; ongoing coaching of task groups; and extensive one-on-one coaching of facility leaders.
Keyes presents at national seminars, regional conferences, and audio conferences and teaches the Life Safety Boot Camp series to various groups and organizations. He is the author or coauthor of the following HCPro books: Analyzing the Life Safety Survey (2011); Chapter Leaders Guide to Life Safety (2011); Physical Environment Online: A Guide to the Joint Commission’s Safety Standards (2010); The Joint Commission Survey Coordinator’s Handbook, Tenth Edition (2009), and Life Safety Compliance Manual: A Guide to the Joint Commission Standards (2008).
Keyes has also authored a variety of articles addressing features of life safety and fire protection, as well as white papers and articles on the Building Maintenance Program. Keyes is currently the senior editor of the monthly newsletter Healthcare Life Safety Compliance and is certified as a Healthcare Safety Professional by the Board of Certified Healthcare Safety Management.
Prior to creating Keyes Life Safety Compliance and joining HFAP, Keyes worked in the healthcare field for more than 30 years, most recently as safety officer at a large Midwest hospital. He also was one of the original Life Safety Code® specialist surveyors for The Joint Commission and has been a life safety consultant for The Greeley Company. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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