While the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) still adopts the 2012 editions of NFPA 101 and NFPA 99, the codes continue to be updated every three years and are already in the middle of developing the fourth edition since the 2012 codes were released. Much has changed that can benefit health care facilities in that time. While not adopted yet, there are options that health care engineers should be aware of in these newer standards that might be available through locally adopted building codes during construction. Some changes may be so beneficial that it is worth considering allowing construction to the newer editions. Awareness of other changes will be beneficial to be prepared for whenever a new adoption does occur.
Identify major changes to NFPA 101 since the 2012 edition.
Identify major changes to NFPA 99 since the 2012 edition.
Discuss the benefits of code changes and where early action can be beneficial.
List changes which health care facility managers should develop proactive plans for prior to adoptions of newer codes.
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American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE)
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