The Clarifications and Expectations column is present again in the June edition of The Joint Commission Perspectives and it is a must-read for your facilities managers. It discusses egress, clutter, and exiting, with hallway clutter being the most consistent problem for many years.
There is also discussion about suites and specifically about changes from the adoption of the 2012 LSC regarding the corridor doors, walls, size of suites, partitioning, and exiting from suites. They have included new standards language now in place, new requirements scheduled to take place in 2018, and proposed language which will likely take place in the future.
Lastly, they discuss new requirements that will be implemented in January 2018 relative to illumination and visibility. This defines the minimum illumination in foot-candles and stipulates that emergency lighting must be provided for at least 1.5 hours.
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