New Life Safety Code Business Occupancy Requirements

Effective July 1, 2021, The Joint Commission is adding business occupancy standards to the Life Safety (LS) chapter for hospitals, critical access hospitals, and behavioral health care and human services organizations.

These new standards were developed since the LS chapter only has standards that address health care occupancies, ambulatory care occupancies, and residential board and care occupancies. The new business occupancy standards will provide accredited customers and surveyors with clear guidance on business occupancy requirements resulting in a more consistent approach in the evaluation of all occupancy locations.

Please note: For the BHC program, these standards only apply to buildings that are business occupancies where individuals receive services.

Prepublication Standards:

Prepublication Standards: Effective July 1, 2021