2012 Medical Gas and Vacuum Systems Installation Handbook
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    *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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  • Table of Contents (2012 Edition)



    About the Editors

    About the Contributors


    Medical Gas and Vacuum System Installation Handbook

    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 Offi cialDefi nitions

    3.3 General Defi nitions

    4 Fundamentals

    4.1 Building System Categories

    4.2 Risk Assessment

    4.3 Application

    5 Gas and Vacuum Systems 81

    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

    Annexes 387

    A Explanatory Materials

    B Additional Explanatory Notes



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

    2 Cleaning for Oxygen Service and Preparing a Joint for Brazing

    3 Installation Testing and Documentation


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