2015 NFPA 99 Code Handbook - Current Edition

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    Editor: Jonathan R. Hart

    Apply the 2015 NFPA 99 correctly and confidently with expert insights in the new Health Care Facilities Code Handbook.

    Based on the 2015 NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code, NFPA®'s Health Care Facilities Code Handbook helps eliminate confusion or mistakes that may jeopardize the safety of patients or staff in both new and existing health care facilities. Redesigned and updated for the many challenges faced in today's field, the Handbook features a wealth of expert commentary addressing the full range of concerns.

    Indispensable for everyone responsible for safety in a healthcare setting, the 2015 NFPA 99 Handbook has:

    • The complete text of the 2015 NFPA 99, including medical gas and vacuum system requirements
    • Explanations of the intent behind requirements, such as the new provisions addressing the safe use of fuel cell systems for backup power, and updated requirements for nurse call systems
    • Practical guidance and examples on how to apply provisions, including the revised minimum allowable temperature for cylinders containing nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide
    • FAQs highlighting key concerns of installers, inspectors, managers, and operators
    • More than 160 photographs plus full-color tables, photos, and other visuals
    • New design elements alerting you to Code updates
    • Special design elements highlighting requirements for existing facilities. Now, facility managers can see what specifically applies to their existing systems and buildings and plan for compliance.
    • New Supplements including a summary of an ASHE survey on Super Storm Sandy's impact on essential electrical systems and emergency planning, major technical changes in NFPA 99, plus a Security and Health Care Supplement
    • New NFPA fact sheets on U.S. Structure Fires in Health Care Properties, Nursing Home Structure Fires, Medical Oxygen Safety, and more

    The Health Care Facilities Code Handbook clarifies concepts so contractors, engineers, facility managers, and security personnel can get up-to-speed on NFPA 99 requirements that provide vital safeguards to patients and staff. It's also essential for inspectors and AHJs charged with ensuring compliance. (Hardbound, 720 pp., 2015)


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  • Table of Contents (2015 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 99 Health Care Facilities Code Handbook, 2015 Edition



    About the Editors

    About the Contributors


    NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code, with Commentary

    1 Administration

    1.1 Scope

    1.2 Purpose

    1.3 Application

    1.4 Equivalency

    1.5 Units

    1.6 Code Adoption Requirements

    2 Referenced Publications

    2.1 General

    2.2 NFPA Publications

    2.3 Other Publications

    2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections

    3 Definitions

    3.1 General

    3.2 NFPA Official Definitions

    3.3 General Definitions

    3.4 BICSI Definitions

    4 Fundamentals

    4.1 Building System Categories

    4.2 Risk Assessment

    4.3 Application

    5 Gas and Vacuum Systems

    5.1 Category 1 Piped Gas and Vacuum Systems

    5.2 Category 2 Piped Gas and Vacuum Systems

    5.3 Category 3 Piped Gas and Vacuum Systems

    6 Electrical Systems

    6.1 Applicability

    6.2 Nature of Hazards

    6.3 Electrical System

    6.4 Essential Electrical System Requirements — Type 1

    6.5 Essential Electrical System Requirements — Type 2

    6.6 Essential Electrical System Requirements — Type 3

    7 Information Technology and Communications Systems for Health Care Facilities

    7.1 Applicability

    7.2 Reserved

    7.3 Category 1 Systems

    7.4 Category 2 Systems

    7.5 Category 3 Systems

    8 Plumbing

    8.1 Applicability

    8.2 System Category Criteria

    8.3 General Requirements

    9 Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

    9.1 Applicability

    9.2 System Category Criteria

    9.3 General

    10 Electrical Equipment

    10.1 Applicability

    10.2 Performance Criteria and Testing for Patient Care–Related Electrical Appliances and Equipment

    10.3 Testing Requirements — Fixed and Portable

    10.4 Nonpatient Electrical Appliances and Equipment

    10.5 Administration

    11 Gas Equipment

    11.1 Applicability

    11.2 Cylinder and Container Source

    11.3 Cylinder and Container Storage Requirements

    11.4 Performance Criteria and Testing

    11.5 Administration

    11.6 Operation and Management of Cylinders

    11.7 Liquid Oxygen Equipment

    12 Emergency Management

    12.1 Scope

    12.2 Responsibilities

    12.3 Matrix Categories

    12.4 General

    12.5 Category 1 and Category 2 Requirements

    13 Security Management

    13.1 Scope

    13.2 Security Vulnerability Assessment (SVA)

    13.3 Responsible Person

    13.4 Security-Sensitive Areas

    13.5 Access and Egress Security Measures

    13.6 Media Control

    13.7 Crowd Control

    13.8 Security Equipment

    13.9 Employment Practices

    13.10 Security Operations

    13.11 Program Evaluation

    14 Hyperbaric Facilities

    14.1 Scope

    14.2 Construction and Equipment

    14.3 Administration and Maintenance

    15 Features of Fire Protection

    15.1 Applicability

    15.2 Construction and Compartmentation

    15.3 Special Hazard Protection Flammable Liquids and Gases

    15.4 Laboratories

    15.5 Utilities

    15.6 Rubbish Chutes, Incinerators, and Laundry Chutes

    15.7 Fire Detection, Alarm, and Communications Systems

    15.8 Automatic Sprinklers and Other Extinguishing Equipment

    15.9 Manual Extinguishing Equipment

    15.10 Compact Storage

    15.11 Compact Mobile Storage

    15.12 Maintenance and Testing

    15.13 Fire Loss Prevention in Operating Rooms


    A Explanatory Materials

    B Additional Explanatory Notes

    C Sample Ordinance Adopting NFPA 99

    D Informational References



    1 Security in Health Care

    2 Regulatory Issues Affecting the Safety of Clinical Hyperbaric Medicine Facilities

    3 Health Care Emergency Management Response and Recovery: New Orleans

    4 Evaluation of Health Care Operating Rooms as Wet/Dry Locations

    5 Technical/Substantive Changes to the 2012 Edition of NFPA 99


    Important Notices and Disclaimers

  • Sample Pages (2015)
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    Preview the 2015 NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code Handbook

  • Prior Editions

    Apply the new 2012 NFPA 99 correctly and confidently with expert insights and visuals in the Health Care Facilities Code Handbook.

    With a shift to a risk- vs. occupancy-based approach; updates to medical gas and vacuum system content; new chapters on security, fire protection, and information technology; and other major changes, you're bound to have questions about the 2012 NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code. Don't risk confusion or mistakes that could jeopardize patient, staff, and facility safety. Consult this essential Code companion to get up-to-speed on new requirements fast so you can do jobs correctly, comply right the first time, and protect lives.

    Just open the 2012 Health Care Facilities Code Handbook for total on-the-job support, including:

    • The complete text of the 2012 NFPA 99, including medical gas and vacuum system requirements formerly found in NFPA 99C*
    • Explanations of the intent behind requirements
    • Practical guidance and examples of how to apply provisions in specific situations
    • FAQs that highlight key concerns from the field
    • 500+ full-color tables, photos, and other visuals that clarify concepts.
    • New supplements on Security in Health Care and Disaster Recovery

    (Hardbound, 648 pp., 2012)


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