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Beware these common problems with business occupancies

Update your inspection, testing, and maintenance documentation and check your exit signs when preparing to host life safety surveyors from The Joint Commission (TJC) at your business occupancies. (For more information on the new standards, see page 1.)

Effective July 1, there are five new standards with a total of 28 elements of performance (EP), starting at LS.01.05.10. They were announced earlier this year.

While TJC always had the option to survey business occupancies, this marks the first formal set of specific standards for those areas.

CMS has been pushing TJC and other accreditation organizations for years to get tougher on Life Safety Code® compliance on areas not part of the main hospital facility or campus, say consultants. This includes clinics, laboratories, and other buildings that touch on patient care like laundry rooms or central utility buildings.

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