By George Mills, MBA, FASHE, CEM, CHFM, CHSP, former director, Department of Engineering, The Joint Commission and James K. Lathrop, FSFPE, vice president, Koffel Associates, Inc, New London/Norwich, Connecticut
Fire in a health care organization represents a serious threat to patient, staff, and visitor safety. Most individuals receiving health care are incapable of self-preservation and thus unable to quickly exit the immediate area of the threat—let alone the building—in the event of a fire. To ensure fire safety, The Joint Commission requires health care organizations to comply with the Life Safety Code®*—a set of standards from the that specifies construction and operational conditions to minimize fire hazards and provide a system of safety in case of fire—as well as its own Life Safety (LS) standards.
Although they are similar in many ways, subtle differences exist between the NFPA Life Safety Code and The Joint Commission LS chapter. Appreciating these nuances, The Joint Commission and the NFPA have determined the need for a resource that explains exactly how the two sets of requirements relate. Written by two leading life safety experts in the health care field, this second edition of The Joint Commission/NFPA Life Safety Book for Health Care Organizations provides guidance on complying with new and revised standards following the adoption of the 2012 edition of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Life Safety Code. This book explains exactly how each Joint Commission LS standard and element of performance (EP) relates to the 2012 code plus other applicable NFPA regulations, and it provides hands-on strategies for compliance. The book, designed for organizations classified as a “health care occupancy,” is an invaluable resource in sorting out and meeting Joint Commission and NFPA fire safety requirements.
About the Authors:
George Mills, MBA, FASHE, CEM, CHFM, CHSP, former director, Department of Engineering, The Joint Commission, has more than 25 years of experience in health care. Prior to joining The Joint Commission, he served as a director of facilities and consulted on and held national positions related to codes and standards, including serving as director of Codes and Compliance for the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE).
James K. Lathrop, FSPE, is an internationally known expert author and speaker on life safety. He was with NFPA for almost 18 years, serving most of that time as chief life safety engineer. He is currently vice president at Koffel Associates, Inc., a fire protection engineering and code consulting firm. Mr. Lathrop is active on several NFPA committees.
Joint Commission LS standards and NFPA Life Safety Code requirements
Life safety compliance
Explanation of the LS chapter’s relation to the Life Safety Code
Strategies to help simplify compliance with the LS chapter and the NFPA codes
Full Joint Commission standards language; full applicable NFPA code language
Expert commentary from nationally-recognized fire safety experts
Easy-to-read and understand format, providing standard and EP text and expert commentary followed by code text and additional commentary
Standards: Life Safety (LS)
Setting: Hospitals, critical access hospitals, nursing care centers
Audience: Facility managers, emergency managers, life safety experts, risk managers, and others
* Life Safety Code is a registered trademark of the National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, MA.