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New and Revised Sprinkler Head Requirements

Effective immediately, The Joint Commission revised Standard LS.02.01.35, EP 7 to clarify the number of spare sprinkler heads required by critical access hospitals, hospitals, and behavioral health care and human service organizations. This clarification better aligns the EP with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) code. This requirement has also been added for inpatient hospice facilities, effective January 1, 2022, since these facilities are also health care occupancies as defined by NFPA.

In addition, this sprinkler head requirement has been added for ambulatory health care occupancies at LS.03.01.35, EP 7 as required by NFPA Code. This new EP applies to critical access hospitals, hospitals, and ambulatory care organizations and is effective January 1, 2022. Prepublication Standards:

Prepublication Standards – Effective Immediately (LS.02.01.35, EP 7) & Effective January 1, 2022 (LS.03.01.35, EP 7)