2021 Medical Gas and Vacuum Systems Installation Handbook - Current Edition
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    Access expert information and guidance in identifying and applying the most current medical gas and vacuum systems requirements.

    Helping to ensure medical gas and vacuum systems are properly installed, maintained, and ready to perform as intended is a critical element to patient care and maintaining operational effectiveness in health care facilities. The Medical Gas and Vacuum Systems Handbook, 4th edition, 2021, provides assistance in better understanding applicable provisions specified in NFPA® 99, Health Care Facilities Code, to improve safety, avoid costly errors and rework, and pass your CMS Fire Safety Survey.

    Organized to make it easier for you to find the criteria you require, the handbook offers the latest information on gas and vacuum systems, including dental. You get the latest medical gas and vacuum systems requirements extracted directly from NFPA 99, along with insightful commentary, detailed explanations, and visual learning aids.

    Features include:

    • More than 90 full-color photos, tables, charts
    • Easy to navigate single column, spiralbound format
    • Shading and symbols to indicate changes, deletions, and additions to the code
    • Code Index of NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code, 2021 edition
    • Summary of Technical Changes: 2018 to 2021

    The 4th edition of the Medical Gas and Vacuum Systems Handbook is updated to reflect revisions to the latest code and supplements.

    This handbook covers a wide array of topics from installation and maintenance to identifying issues, personnel qualifications, and having adequate capacity. It offers valuable insight as to the reasons behind certain code requirements and how to achieve compliance. A must-have for designers, engineers, installers, inspectors, facility managers, and AHJs, the handbook helps get you and your team up-to-speed with sections of NFPA 99, 2021 edition, applicable to Category 1-3 gas, air compressor, and vacuum systems. 

    New features include the addition of a form relating to the responsible facility authority and the Summary of Technical Changes, which provides an overview of the significant updates from the previous edition. The summary is only available in the Medical Gas and Vacuum Systems Handbook and serves as an excellent resource to quickly find changes that may apply to your work.

    Additional Supplements provide more in-depth coverage of essential medical gas and vacuum systems topics.

    Part 2 of the Medical Gas and Vacuum Systems Handbook takes a closer look at critical subject areas. You benefit from three supplements that are not part of NFPA 99 and only available in the handbook, including: 

    • Supplement 1: Qualifications for Personnel Performing Medical Gas Work and General Brazing Procedures, summarizing the ASSE/IAPMO/ANSI professional qualifications for medical gas systems installers, inspectors, verifiers, and maintenance personnel. This supplement also presents information on brazing procedures and performance and hot work from the Copper Development Association, the American Welding Society, and NFPA 51B, Standard for Fire Prevention During Welding, Cutting, and Other Hot Work.
    • Supplement 2: Cleaning for Oxygen Service and Preparing a Joint for Brazing, offering additional information for the reader on the importance of cleaning a medical gas system for oxygen service and also how to prepare a joint for brazing.
    • Supplement 3: Installation Testing and Documentation, providing examples of the documentation described in NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code, for the installer and the verifier to provide to the AHJ after a new medical gas and vacuum system is installed and tested or an existing system has been modified.

    Maximize safety and efficiency with the Medical Gas and Vacuum Systems Handbook.

    NFPA publications such as NFPA 99, NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®, and NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code®, are used around the globe for guidance and policy in a broad range of industries and disciplines. As a non-profit that enables and promotes the consensus process for the development of codes and standards, we're dedicated to providing the guidance and support to assist you in requiring and enforcing applicable criteria governing fire and life safety.

    Help ensure your organization has the knowledge to help safeguard health care centers, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and other medical facilities. Place your order for the Medical Gas and Vacuum Systems Handbook, 4th edition, 2021, today.

    (Spiralbound, 8½" x 11", 412 pp., 2021)

  • How the NFPA Handbooks Differ from Codes and Standards

    THE NFPA HANDBOOKS DIFFER FROM CODES AND STANDARDS

    Ever wonder what the difference is between an NFPA® handbook and a code or standard? We’re glad you asked.

    NFPA codes and standards both provide requirements for achieving outcomes. Handbooks take a deeper dive, providing the full text of a code or standard as well as expert commentary and features such as graphics, decision trees, testing procedures, case studies, sample forms and checklists, and other helpful aids to give a better understanding of the reasoning behind the requirements and how to apply them.

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    • A code or standard is a framework—a set of rules to follow with a goal to achieve a certain result
    • A handbook is a connector—linking requirements to application by helping you understand the reasoning behind a code or standard

    The simplest way to think about it is that codes and standards list the technical requirements while handbooks explain those requirements to clarify how to apply them.

  • Table of Contents (2021 Current Edition)

    Medical Gas and Vacuum Systems Handbook, 2021 Edition

    Preface

    Acknowledgments

    About the Editors

    NFPA 99 Summary of Technical Changes: 2018 to 2021

     

    PART 1

    Medical Gas and Vacuum Systems Handbook

     

    Chapter 1 Administration

    1.1 Scope

    1.2 Purpose

    1.3 Application

    1.4 Equivalency

    1.5 Units

    1.6 Code Adoption Requirements

     

    Chapter 2 Referenced Publications

    2.1 General

    2.2 NFPA Publications

    2.3 Other Publications

    2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections

     

    Chapter 3 Definitions

    3.1 General

    3.2 NFPA Official Definitions

    3.3 General Definitions

     

    Chapter 4 Fundamentals

    4.1 Risk Categories

    4.2 Risk Assessment

    4.3 Application

    4.4 Materials

     

    Chapter 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

     

    Chapter 15 Dental Gas and Vacuum Systems

    15.1 Applicability

    15.2 Nature of Hazards of Gas and Vacuum Systems

    15.3 Category 1 Dental Gas and Vacuum Systems

    15.4 Category 2 Dental Gas and Vacuum Systems

    15.5 Category 3 Dental Gas and Vacuum Systems

     

    Annexes

    Annex A Explanatory Material

    Annex B Additional Explanatory Notes

     

    PART 2 Supplements

    Supplement 1 Qualifications for Personnel Performing Medical Gas Work and General Brazing Procedures 365

    Supplement 2 Cleaning for Oxygen Service and Preparing a Joint for Brazing 369

    Supplement 3 Installation Testing and Documentation

     

    Index

    Important Notices and Disclaimers

  • Prior Editions

    2018 Edition

     

    Author: Jonathan R. Hart, P.E.

    Install medical gas and vacuum systems correctly, troubleshoot problems, answer questions, and train to the latest NFPA 99 requirements using the 2018 edition of the Medical Gas and Vacuum Systems Handbook.

    Now with improved features that help you quickly identify criteria and implement the 2018 edition of NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code, the expanded Medical Gas and Vacuum Systems Handbook gives installers, designers, inspectors, and verifiers a targeted tool for specialized knowledge about gas, air compressor, and vacuum systems Category 1 through 3.

    Error-free medical gas and vacuum system installation and maintenance are vital to patient care and facility safety.

    This unique NFPA® Handbook combines all the latest medical gas and vacuum system rules plus valuable expert insights, explanations, and full-color visuals. You'll gain a better understanding of the requirements for electrical systems, gas and vacuum systems, mechanical systems, medical equipment, and health care emergency management, along with security and patient safety based on risk.

    It's the only comprehensive resource for:

    • Chapters 1-5 from the 2018 edition of NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code, plus new Chapter 15 dedicated to gas and vacuum systems for dental applications, Annex A with Code references, and Annex B with explanatory notes
    • Commentary explaining the rules' intent and practical application. Insights from a Code expert help you install systems correctly and also train to the latest edition of Chapter 5 for ASSE certification.
    • 110 full-color photos, tables, and charts that clarify concepts
    • A new feature with specific procedures for conducting installation and verification of medical gas systems, including suggested procedures for each of the six installation tests
    • A supplement highlighting key changes from the 2015 to the 2018 edition of NFPA 99 -- such Category 3 systems removed from Chapter 5 of the Code, new permitted material for medical gas and vacuum systems, and new requirements that now allow for the use of oxygen concentrators as central supply sources for piped medical gas systems
    • Other supplements include Qualifications for Personnel Performing Medical Gas Work and General Brazing Procedures, Cleaning for Oxygen Service and Preparing a Joint for Brazing, and Installation Testing and Documentation.

    Get the up-to-date knowledge you need to complete jobs correctly.

    Stay informed about major changes in the 2018 edition of NFPA 99 and make sure vital medical gas and vacuum systems won't harm the people they're designed to help. This full-color Handbook is essential for anyone responsible for the safe installation of medical gas systems including plumbers, pipe fitters, system designers, and AHJs. (Spiralbound, 8½" x 11", 408 pp., 2018)


     

    2015 Edition

     

    Author: Jonathan R. Hart

    Install and inspect critical systems with advice and visuals in NFPA's 2015 Medical Gas and Vacuum Systems Installation Handbook.

    Expanded and updated for the 2015 edition of NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code, the Medical Gas and Vacuum Systems Installation Handbook gives installers, designers, inspectors, and verifiers a targeted tool for specialized knowledge about gas, air compressor, and vacuum systems Category 1 through 3.

    Be ready to install systems correctly, troubleshoot problems, answer questions, and train to the latest requirements.

    NFPA® introduced the full-color Medical Gas and Vacuum Systems Installation Handbook in 2012 as a one-stop resource for users of the former NFPA 99C. Now in a larger 8½" x 10" spiralbound format for the 2015 edition, the Handbook combines all the latest medical gas and vacuum system rules -- plus valuable expert insights, explanations, and full-color visuals that help you comply and ensure high-quality patient care and facility safety.

    It's the only comprehensive resource for:

    • Chapters 1-5 from the 2015 NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code
    • Commentary explaining the rules' intent and practical application. Insights from a Code expert help you install systems correctly and also train to the latest edition of Chapter 5 for ASSE certification.
    • 110 full-color photos, tables, and charts that clarify concepts
    • An all-new supplement highlighting key changes from the 2012 to the 2015 edition of NFPA 99 -- such as new requirements for allowable valve types based on performance requirements, and new rules for auxiliary source connections
    • Other supplements include Qualifications for Personnel Performing Medical Gas Work and General Brazing Procedures, Cleaning for Oxygen Service and Preparing a Joint for Brazing, and Installation Testing and Documentation

    Get the up-to-date knowledge you need to complete jobs correctly.

    Stay informed about major changes in the 2015 NFPA 99 and make sure vital medical gas and vacuum systems won't harm the people they're designed to help. This full-color Handbook is essential for anyone responsible for the safe installation of med gas systems including plumbers, pipe fitters, system designers, and AHJs. (Spiralbound, 8½" x 10", 308 pp., 2015)


     

    2012 Edition

     

    *Starting in 2012, NFPA 99C will no longer be a standalone document.

    In its place, the full-color 2012 Medical Gas and Vacuum Systems Installation Handbook offers installers, designers, inspectors and verifiers a new targeted complete tool for specialized knowledge about Category 1-3.

    This one-stop source has all the latest medical gas and vacuum system rules plus valuable expert insight, explanations and full-color visuals you need to comply right and ensure high-quality patient care and facility safety.

    The Handbook is your complete solution for expanded, up-to-date guidance in a portable format, and includes:

    • Chapters 1-5 from the 2012 NFPA 99 plus expert commentary that explains Code intent and practical application insights
    • 100+ full-color photos, tables, and charts that clarify concepts
    • Three information-packed supplements on qualifications for personnel performing medical gas work and general brazing procedures, cleaning for oxygen service and preparing a joint for brazing, and installation testing and documentation

    Order today so you're equipped with up-to-date knowledge you need to stay competitive and make sure these vital systems won't harm the people they're designed to help. (Spiralbound, 5½" x 8½", 451 pp., 2012)

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  • eForms Table of Contents (2018 Edition)

    2018 eForms Table of Contents

    General

    • Hot Work Permit
    • Central Supply Location Identification and Labeling (New and Existing)
    • Central Supply System Operations (New and Existing)
    • Central Supply Location
    • Zone Valve

    Installer Tests

    • Initial Blow Down
    • Initial Pressure Test
    • Cross-Connection Test
    • Piping Purge Test
    • Standing Pressure Test
    • Standing Vacuum Test

    Verifier Tests

    • Standing Pressure Test
    • Cross-Connection Test
    • Valve Test
    • Alarm Test
    • Piping Purge Test
    • Piping Particulate Test
    • Piping Purity Test
    • Dew Point Test
    • Operational Pressure Test
    • Medical Gas Concentration Test
    • Medical Air Purity Test
  • Also in Health Care Facilities Code