July 02, 2007 | | Comments 0
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Trash containers in soiled utility rooms

There was a posting on Safety Talk recently about whether any regulations exist governing the size of trash containers in soiled utility rooms. In this particular case, the room had no trash chute, was one-hour-rated, and had sprinklers.

There are requirements in the Life Safety Code for this type of arrangement, based on 19.7.5.7, which sets size limits for soiled linen and trash containers.

However, 19.7.5.7 also notes that facilities are exempt from these limits if containers are in hazardous areas protected by a one-hour fire barriers or sprinklers (see 19.3.2.1).

So, in the Safety Talk poster’s situation, it appears that particular facility met the protection criteria for such a space.

On an unrelated note, please enjoy a most freewheeling 4th!

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Steve MacArthur About the Author: Steve MacArthur is a safety consultant with The Greeley Company in Danvers, Mass. He brings more than 30 years of healthcare management and consulting experience to his work with hospitals, physician offices, and ambulatory care facilities across the country. He is the author of HCPro's Hospital Safety Director's Handbook and is contributing editor for Briefings on Hospital Safety. Contact Steve at stevemacsafetyspace@gmail.com.

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