NFPA 99 2012 Medical Gas Outlet Testing Requirements – Existing Facilities

NOTE: All references are taken from NFPA 99 – 2012 edition

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There seems to be much confusion over the requirements set out by NFPA 99 for existing facilities vs. those for new construction / renovation work.  The 2012 edition of NFPA 99 has done a great deal to clear some of this up.

5.1.1.5 Subsection 5.1.2 through 5.1.12.3.14.5 and 5.1.14.4.2
shall apply to new health care facilities or facilities making
changes that alter the piping.

5.1.1.6 Paragraph 5.1.14.4.3 through 5.1.14.4.9 and 5.1.13
through 5.1.15 shall apply to existing health care facilities.

NFPA 99 doesn’t mention a specific schedule for medical gas outlet testing on existing outlets, it just says periodic.  The healthcare facility will need to make a policy that says how often the med gas outlets get checked (i.e. every three years etc) and adhere to that.

The section of NFPA 99 that specifies all outlets / inlets must be checked falls under the new construction / renovation portion.  (5.1.5* Station Outlets/Inlets.)  These requirements as they are written in 5.1.5 are not intended to be applied to existing healthcare facilities.

The medical gas outlet testing section for 5.1.14 is as follows:

5.1.14.2 Maintenance of Medical Gas, Vacuum, WAGD, and
Medical Support Gas Systems.
5.1.14.2.1* General.
Health care facilities with installed medical
gas, vacuum,WAGD, or medical support gas systems, or combinations
thereof, shall develop and document periodic maintenance
programs for these systems and their subcomponents as appropriate
to the equipment installed.

5.1.14.2.3.1 General. The elements in 5.1.14.2.2.2 through
5.1.15 shall be inspected or tested as part of the maintenance
program as follows:
(11)*Station outlets/inlets, as follows:
(a) Flow
(b) Labeling
(c) Latching/delatching
(d) Leaks

Remember that the * next to (11) refers to additional material which is located in the annex  of NFPA 99.  In this case A.5.1.14.2.3.1(11) simply states that the outlets should be inspected for a general condition & be gas specific (noninterchangeable indexing).

Annex material is not enforceable as code and is meant for reference only however, that doesn’t mean that an AHJ (Authority Having Jurisdiction) will not use annex material for a given facility or situation.  Just be aware of the additional requirements located in the annex for this section and take them into consideration when doing your risk assessments and writing your medical gas outlet testing policy.

EMGS Hosts Medical Gas Expo

Our 2013 Medical Gas Expo & Educational Seminar was a huge success! It was held at the AmericasMart in Atlanta, GA on March 21st. Over 40 hospital personnel, engineers, and other medical industry professionals were in attendance.

President and CEO of EMGS, Tot Darden presented on the 2012 edition NFPA 99 code changes.

Guest speaker Jaime Valdivia with NITC spoke on the ASSE credentialing standards. Jaime has 29 years of experience as a craftsman of the plumbing and pipefitting industry. He has held a medical gas installer credential since 1987 by completing a four year apprenticeship program. Jaime holds certifications as a Journeyman plumber, Journeyman pipefitter, Master Plumber, Foreman, and for Green Awareness and also possesses a Los Angeles City Plumber license. Jaime is a graduate of the United Associations Instructor Training Program and he is former instructor of the Apprentice and Journeyman program in Southern California. He earned an Associate in Applied Science as an Honors graduate in the field of Industrial Training and acquired a Bachelors of Arts in Labor Education from the National Labor College.

Matt Nimershiem with Lokring shared his expertise on Lokring fittings in medical gas systems. Matt has been with Lokring for 20 years, and is considered by the company to be their medical gas specialist. Matt has been involved with the medical gas industry since the introduction of the product to the NFPA 99 committee and was instrumental in the usage of Lokring at the recently completed Walter Reed Military Medical Center project in Bethesda, MD. Matt holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Virginia Tech and is a member of ASHE, ASME, and ASNE.

Joseph Messina, Plumbing Section Manager for HDR Architecture,  was another guest speaker. He spoke on Chapter 8 of NFPA 99. He has more than 35 years of engineering experience, in the design and engineering of plumbing systems with an expertise in research facilities, hospitals, detention facilities and civic. Joseph is very active in the Atlanta Chapter of ASPE, serves as VP of Education on the chapter board, and is on the ASPE Educational Committee. He has also authored the Designers Notebook column in the Plumbing System and Design Magazine.

With 25 years of experience with the design, marketing and services of air compressor and vacuum pump systems for medical, research, and industrial facilities Don Goggans with Powerex was able to conclude our forum with his knowledge on source equipment for labs & hospitals. Don has been a member or speaker of Medical Gas Professional Healthcare Organization, American Society of Plumbing Engineers, and American Society of Healthcare Engineers.

We are very appreciative that all of these well-informed men got to share their invaluable ingenuity, and be a part in our educational forum.

Please make plans to join us for future educational seminars. Contact Terri Clayton for further information at 770-459-5920.

Risk Assessment Services

When patients and doctors are dependent upon medical gas equipment for
their safety, nothing becomes more important than ensuring said equipment is
functioning perfectly.

EMGS, Inc. offers risk assessment services and consulting to your hospital
personnel. We can carefully craft a user-friendly report to provide to your staff
displaying the potential hazards and failures of the equipment they are in charge
of maintaining. This report will document the common causes of equipment issues,
and the control measures that can be put in place to prevent these issues. We will
also show who is typically responsible for ensuring these measures are attended to.

This report will prove invaluable to your staff. Let EMGS, Inc. help put you on the
path to superior safety and performance so the doctors and nurses can rest easy in
providing care to their patients.

The 2012 edition of NFPA 99 has been published

The 2012 edition of NFPA 99 has been published.

EMGS, Inc. has developed an online two-hour course and exam to cover the changes made from the 2005 to the 2012 edition.

If you are interested in purchasing the book or registering for the course, please contact Caroline Darden at 770-459-5920.