Chapter Leader's Guide to Life Safety: Practical Insight on Joint Commission Standards, Second Edition
Brad Keyes, CHSP
Quick, concise standard explanations for Life Safety chapter leaders
When life safety surveyors—whether they come from The Joint Commission, CMS, or another accrediting organization—arrive on site, they will explore your facility top to bottom for life safety compliance. Beat them to the punch by doing your own in-depth analysis of your organization with The Chapter Leader’s Guide to Life Safety: Practical Insight on Joint Commission Standards, Second Edition. Formerly of The Joint Commission, current HFAP Engineering Advisor and independent consultant Brad Keyes, CHSP, provides a practical, strategic approach to the life safety survey process. He walks you through a room-by-room, floor-by-floor analysis of the life safety measures you need to have in place to avoid costly citations. He also simplifies confusing Joint Commission standards and CMS requirements and reveals what you should be focusing on to pass your next life safety survey.
Plus, to make staff training easy, this guide includes a downloadable PowerPoint presentation highlighting key compliance takeaways.
Table of Contents
- Part I—An Overview of the Life Safety Chapter
- Compliance With the LSC
- Statement of Conditions™
- LS Standard Numbering System
- Differences Between Healthcare and Ambulatory Care Occupancies
- Part II—Communication
- Steps to Open Lines of Communication
- Time Is the Major Investment
- Part III—Implementation
- Breakdown of the Life Safety Standards
- The physical environment
- Protecting occupants from LSC deficiencies
- Minimizing fire, smoke, and heat
- Means of egress
- Protection from fire and smoke
- Fire alarm systems
- Extinguishing fires
- Special features
- Fire and smoke hazards
- Conforming to fire and smoke prevention requirements
- A floor-by-floor analysis to help staff better prepare for a life safety survey
- Analysis by a life safety expert with experience in multiple accrediting organizations as well as CMS
- Photos illustrating where citations can happen to help you better understand potential trouble spots during survey
- Tips and tools for more efficient survey preparation
About the Author:
Brad Keyes, CHSP, is the owner and senior consultant for Keyes Life Safety Compliance and the engineering advisor to the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), where he is responsible for supervising the Life Safety surveyors.
Keyes presents at national seminars, regional conferences, and audio conferences and teaches the Life Safety Boot Campseries to various groups and organizations. He is the author or coauthor of the following HCPro books: Analyzing the Life Safety Survey(2011); Chapter Leader’s 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.
Published: August 2013