May 15, 2009 | | Comments 0
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Symposium coverage: Talking life safety with your boss

As we get ready to close out the 3rd Annual Hospital Safety Center Symposium, Brad Keyes of The Greeley Company took attendees through a whirlwind of life safety compliance tips.

One idea that seemed particularly relevant these days: Train your boss on basic fire code requirements, which becomes important during budget discussions, Keyes said.

For example, he mentioned it might cost $10,000 to $15,000 to construct a new alcove for storage in an exit corridor. Your chances of success with that request improve if your supervisor understands why the Life Safety Code and regulators mandate clear corridor width.

On a related note, it was great during the entire symposium to hear practical ideas from our attendees, who really helped make this show a useful dialog among peers about hospital safety. Thank you to those who came to the symposium, and thanks to those of you who have read our live blog coverage.

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Scott Wallask About the Author: Scott Wallask is senior managing editor for HCPro's Hospital Safety Center ( and the award-winning newsletters, Briefings on Hospital Safety and Healthcare Life Safety Compliance. He has written about healthcare for HCPro since 1998, with a focus on occupational and building safety, emergency management, fire protection, and infection control. Prior to joining HCPro, he worked as a reporter for several newspapers in eastern Massachusetts. He holds a BA in print journalism, magna cum laude, from Northeastern University in Boston. Contact Scott at

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