December 7, 2017

Joint Commission continues to revise LS, EC chapters

By: Judy Mathias

Editor’s Note

The Joint Commission on December 6 announced that revisions are continuing to be made to the Life Safety (LS) and Environment of Care (EC) chapters of its accreditation manuals.

The revisions are a result of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ adoption of the 2012 editions of the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 101: Life Safety Code and NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code.

The revisions, which become effective January 1, 2018, address:

  • testing emergency lighting systems
  • inspecting and testing piped medical gas and vacuum systems
  • updating NFPA code numbering in references
  • adding more specificity to existing elements of performance.



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