We all have the power to make changes to the codes we must follow. Now that CMS has adopted NFPA 99, the health care environment is changing dramatically. NFPA 99 is a risk-based document applied to projects much differently than other codes. Application to health care emergency power systems has been confusing and misapplied for decades. This session will clarify the essential electrical system, streamline the codes, and explain how these systems rely on decisions made throughout the hospital.
1.) Clarify the overall differences between the basic emergency power standby systems and health care essential electrical systems and how these systems affect planning design and construction.
2.) Discuss ASHE’s goal to unify NFPA 110, 101, 70, and 99 and use other codes as references to provide clarity to health care electrical distribution systems.
3.) Discuss the requirements of an emergency preparedness plan and how it affects the physical environment and design decisions.