The 2017 ASHE Advocacy Report includes articles on improving codes, code compliance, and outreach. DOWNLOAD NOW
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May 8, 2019
This CMS memo clarifies policy on the use of the FSES when determining Life Safety Code compliance where canopies or overhangs are not sprinklered. DOWNLOAD NOW
May 2, 2019
This collection of articles will help health care facilities professionals understand and prepare for new trends that experts anticipate emerging in the near future of our field.
Apr 9, 2019
Taming building automation system alarm fatigue
Feb 28, 2019
Hospitals often rely on vendors for support and expertise to conduct code-specified inspections and testing of various systems. However, health facility managers may be unaware that some inspections and testing specified by code do not have to be conducted by a specially licensed or certified professional. Many of these procedures can be conducted in-house, such as fire doors and monthly fire extinguisher checks. However, many do not know that this category also includes firefighter elevator recall, fire/smoke damper testing, medical gas alarm panel testing and more.
Oct 22, 2018
This Environment of Care (EC) sample planning spreadsheet can help facility professionals track time frames for various EC testing intervals to ensure they aren’t missed. Download Tool
Sep 21, 2018
This training video provides a brief explanation on how temperature and relative humidity affect one another. How to buy/build your own beaker set
Sep 18, 2018
ASHE is developing resources to help members comply with new Conditions of Participation from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which requires routine inspections of fire doors performed by "qualified persons." You don't need to have a special certification or third party training to be qualified, but ASHE is working to provide members with the information they need to create and implement door inspection and maintenance programs.
Aug 1, 2018
The ASHE CMS State Operations Manual Appendix A Crosswalk provides A-Tag information along with the related codes and standards applicable to the requirements for each A-Tag. To ensure that the tool is relevant to health care facility professionals, it focuses specifically on A-Tag requirements that affect the physical environment.
Jul 30, 2018
Barrier Management Symposium Video Series Fire and smoke barrier systems are designed to be used for horizontal evacuations in health care facilities. To work properly, the fire and smoke barriers need to be continuous. Yet fire and smoke barrier penetrations are a major source of physical environment citations from the Joint Commission.
Jul 17, 2018
Jun 25, 2018
Health facility managers should start with an accurate inventory of all fire alarm and suppression devices to assure that the requirements are met. ASHE has created a sample template to track the inventory and compare it against testing completed throughout the year.
Apr 21, 2018
Apr 18, 2018
ASHE has created a new crosswalk that compares K-Tags with Joint Commission, NFPA, and International Code Council requirements. Download Tool
Jan 22, 2018
Beta version ASHE's Useful Service Life (USL) Assessment Tool and Facilities Condition Index (FCI) Calculator tool will allow you to calculate your infrastructure health. Specifically, it will allow you to explore the useful life of the various buildings, facilities and systems within your organziations and campus[es] by rating the Useful Service Life (USL) condition of each building on 15 different components (e.g. roofs/covering, flooring, foundation) across 36 different systems (e.g.
Sep 13, 2017
This tool can be used to assess operating rooms to determine whether they are wet procedure locations. The tool can be used to help comply with the 2012 edition of NFPA 99. The tool methodology is provided, and can be customized to meet the needs of various health care organizations. Download Tool
Apr 19, 2017
ASHE created a tool for hospitals that want to use a fire safety evaluation system (FSES) using the alternative compliance approach under NFPA 101A. Download Tool Click here to provide feedback on this tool.
Mar 15, 2016