Failure to Label Electrical Panel or Utilities

The condition of the physical plant and the overall hospital environment must be developed and maintained in such a manner that the safety and well-being of patients are assured.  Accurate utility system control labeling helps hospitals safely shut down or isolate systems during emergencies or for making repairs. Joint Commission findings in this area are often related to a failure to properly label electrical systems and the areas that they serve.  Inaccurate or unlabeled utilities can cause confusion during construction and renovations. In times of emergencies, inaccurate or unlabeled utilities pose a significant risk to patients, staff and visitors. Hospitals should clearly label utility system controls and link them to shutdown instructions.

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The hospital manages risks associated with its utility systems.
(August/September 2015)

The hospital maintains the integrity of the means of egress.
(October/November 2015)

The hospital establishes and maintains a safe, functional environment.
(December/January 2016)

The hospital maintains fire safety equipment and fire safety building features.
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Building and fire protection features are designed and maintained to minimize the effects of fire, smoke, and heat.
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The hospital provides and maintains building features to protect individuals from the hazards of fire and smoke.
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The hospital provides and maintains equipment for extinguishing fires.
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The hospital manages risks related to hazardous materials and waste.
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