The Physical Environment Portal
Create a safe environment.
Protecting patients from harm involves more than safe treatments and procedures. We must also consider where patients receive care, and minimize risks associated with the physical environment.
About this Portal
Hospitals and other health care facilities are unique. They house a variety of materials and equipment that can cause harm. These include surgical instruments, machines that emit radiation, anesthesia, prescription drugs and biomedical waste.
Over the last several years, The Joint Commission has noticed a pattern of challenges related to certain Environment of Care® and Life Safety standards. We’re confident that with a little guidance, compliance issues can be overcome. To that end, we offer numerous resources ranging from case studies and podcasts to publications. Whether you need help with fire protection, utility systems or means of egress, you’ll find the support you need to achieve compliance. The Joint Commission has identified several Standards that have been frequently cited during survey activity over the past few years.
This portal will provide information to reduce findings of non-compliance. The purpose of this portal is to provide guidance and education to reduce instances of non-compliance with the top Environment of Care/Life Safety standards.
Intended Audience includes: Hospital Leaders, Facilities Managers, Clinicians and Quality Coordinator/Leaders.
The Joint Commission has identified several standards that have been frequently cited during survey activity over the past few years. This portal will provide information to reduce findings of non-compliance.
Fire Drill Matrix - EC.02.03.03
The Physical Environment
- Utility Systems - EC.02.05.01
- Means of Egress - LS.02.01.20
- Built Environment - EC.02.06.01
- Fire Protection - EC.02.03.05
- General Requirements - LS.02.01.10
- Protection - LS.02.01.30
- Automated Suppression - LS.02.01.35
- Life Safety Code