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Master Alarms

  • Thursday, October 26, 2017 8:02 PM
    Message # 5377812
    Al Moon (Administrator) The master alarm system shall consist of two or

    more alarm panels located in at least two separate locations, as


    (1) One master alarm panel shall be located in the office or

    work space of the ON-SITE individual responsible for the

    maintenance of the medical gas and vacuum piping systems.


    Does this code requirement mean ?

    That all category I facilities, shall have maintenance staffing

    on site at all times?  

  • Thursday, October 26, 2017 9:13 PM
    Reply # 5379745 on 5377812


    This is a great topic Al. This comes up often and confuses many people; inspectors included.


    My interpretation is that the person that is responsible for the oversight of the medical gas and vacuum systems has one panel in their office. That's not to say the he/she is actually onsite at all times but that they do have system status information while they are onsite.


    I do believe they should have someone in the maintenance/facilities department on staff at all times though, otherwise who would be there to react to an activated signal on the systems?

    Last modified: Thursday, October 26, 2017 9:14 PM | Jay D'Agostino
  • Friday, October 27, 2017 5:58 PM
    Reply # 5398987 on 5377812
    Al Moon (Administrator)

    This was the debate at the meeting this week, all based on wording ON SITE.

    The Facility is very large it has many buildings, some walkable and some

    you get in the truck and drive to it. (some days their is snow / this note is for the people in Rio Linda).


    So, if a building is to be a Category 1: (i.e. critical care life support, trauma and anesthetizing) You know a real serious place.


    ? Is their a requirement for the staffing to be ON SITE ?



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