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Make a connection with me – A U T O-matic

This is a question for those of you who have fire pumps; more specifically, those of you who have fire pumps with automatic transfer switches: How are you documenting that the transfer switch for your fire pump is being tested on a monthly basis in accordance with regulatory standards?

In any number of organizations, one of the automatic transfer switches (ATS) that can get lost in the shuffle is the ATS for the fire pump, as it is frequently located with the fire pump, not with the rest of the transfer switches on the docket for monthly testing. I’ve encountered any number of organizations that have “missed” the monthly testing for the fire pump ATS for just that reason, so I think we can safely say ensuring compliance with the monthly testing requirement calls for a little more forethought and planning. And remember, as an “A” performance element, if you miss a single monthly testing of the fire pump automatic transfer switch, that “earns” you a Direct Impact Requirement For Improvement, something that neither you nor I want to have happen. Well, at least me – I hope you don’t want one of those – they’re wicked icky, so to speak.

At any rate, I’ve seen this one popping up in recent surveys, so if this is not a topic to which you’ve given much thought, it might not be a bad idea to do a little checking. You might find the answers to be more surprising than you’d prefer.

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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

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