The Motor and Generator Institute: EPSS Online Self-Assessment covers paragraphs and current requirements of NFPA 70, 99, 101, and 110; OSHA, CMS, DNV and The Joint Commission.
Maintenance, Testing, and Compliance Program (January 2018)
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The Motor and Generator Institute: EPSS Compliance Program covers all applicable paragraphs and current requirements of NFPA 70, 99, 101, and 110; OSHA, CMS, DNV and The Joint Commission. The MGI EPSS Compliance program will investigate the following:
- Installation: Does your EPSS meet NFPA requirements for lighting, cooling, and ventilation and fuel supply/storage?
- Maintenance: Are you performing all maintenance activities sufficiently enough to ensure the EPSS will start & run when needed, and meet all AHJ requirements?
- Documentation: Do you have the proper EPSS documentation and records for your inspections, maintenance, and testing.
- Weekly Inspections: Are you performing inspections to ensure your EPSS will start and run when needed and meet AHJ requirements?
- Monthly and Triennial Testing: Are you performing tests properly? Will AHJ inspectors accept your testing reports?
- Emergency Preparedness “Final Rule”: Are you prepared for the next natural or man-made disaster? Can you provide emergency power for sufficient times and “Defend-in-Place” to meet CMS requirements?
How “lawsuit-proof” is your EPSS?
In the words of an attorney who has spent many years representing plaintiffs:
“I would ask for their protocols and then I would depose everyone I could find looking for examples where the protocols were not followed. Then I’d hire an expert to pick apart their protocols for any deficiencies. I only need one point of failure if I’m the plaintiff’s attorney; either bad protocols or failure to follow those protocols are enough.
Keep in mind that the equipment manufacturer can also be sued, so inevitably there will be cross-claims between the hospital and the equipment manufacturer. If the hospital’s protocols result in a use or maintenance schedule that goes against the manufacturer’s recommendations, then that’s another point of potential liability.”
Compliance with local and federal jurisdiction requirements is not enough. Adherence to requirements found in OEM manuals may not be enough. Following accepted best practices without reference to either AHJ regulations or OEM requirements is a sure loser. Defending the hospital, and your job, against any legal action, requires the melding of proper education and protocol development.