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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 99-553


Application of UPMC Lee Regional Hospital for Exception to 28 Pa. Code § 153.1(c)

[29 Pa.B. 1787]

   Under 28 Pa. Code § 51.33 (relating to requests for exceptions), the Department of Health (Department) gives notice that UPMC Lee Regional Hospital has requested an exception to the requirements of 28 Pa. Code § 153.1(c), referencing the National Fire Protection Association's Life Safety Code, NFPA 101. Specifically, the hospital is requesting a waiver from section 12-3.8.1 of the 1985 Life Safety Code regarding the height of window sills in patient sleeping rooms, which are not to exceed 36 inches above the floor. The hospital is requesting a waiver for seven post-partum patient rooms located in a recently completed Women and Infant Care Department on the sixth floor of the facility. These seven rooms were constructed with windows having sills 48 inches above the floor, which is only slightly greater than the 44 inch sill height specified for existing patient sleeping rooms in the more current, 1997 edition of the Life Safety Code. The hospital indicates that the sixth floor unit is planned as a temporary unit for about 2 years, until a permanent unit is completed in late 2000, at which time the temporary unit will be converted to another use that may not involve sleeping rooms. The hospital cites a significant expense, considerable effort and disruption of service to remove and reinstall the windows in the seven rooms in question.

   The request is on file with the Department. Persons may receive a copy of the request for exception by requesting a copy from: Division of Safety Inspection, Room 922 Health and Welfare Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120, (717) 787-1911, fax (717)787-1491, E-mail address: PPETRESK@HEALTH.STATE.PA.US.

   Those persons who wish to comment on this exception request may do so by sending a letter by mail, e-mail or facsimile to the Division and address listed previously.

   Comments received by the Department within 10 days after the date of publication of this notice will be reviewed by the Department before it decides whether to approve or disapprove the request for exception.

   Persons with a disability who wish to obtain a copy of the request and/or provide comments to the Department and require an auxiliary aide service or other accommodation to do so, should contact Peter P. Petresky at (717) 787-1911, V/TT: (717)783-6514 for speech and/or hearing impaired persons or the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at (800) 654-5984 [TT].

Acting Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 99-553. Filed for public inspection April 2, 1999, 9:00 a.m.]

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