Illumination of the Egress

Q: Is there a standard on lighting of offices and exam room in the ambulatory or clinics?

A: The Life Safety Code is primarily concerned about egressing the facility under emergency conditions, and only has illumination requirements for emergency egress situations. Section of the 2012 Life Safety Code says the floors and other walking surfaces within exits, and designated stairs, aisles, ramps, escalators, passageways, and exit discharges to be illuminated to 10 ft-candles for new conditions, and 1 ft-candle for existing conditions. Assembly occupancies are permitted to have 0.2 ft-candles of illumination. This applies to clinics and ambulatory healthcare occupancies. Please check with your state and local authorities to determine if they have more restrictive requirements.

Brad Keyes
Brad Keyes, CHSP

Brad is a former advisor to Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) and former Joint Commission LS surveyor. He guides clients through  organizational assessment; management training; ongoing coaching of task groups; and extensive one-on-one coaching of facility leaders. He analyzes and develops leadership effectiveness and efficiency in work processes, focusing on assessing an organization’s preparedness for a survey, evaluating processes in achieving preparedness, and guiding organizations toward compliance. 

As a presenter at national seminars, regional conferences, and audio conferences, Brad teaches the Keyes Life Safety Boot Camp series to various groups and organizations. He is the author or co-author of many HCPro books, including the best-selling  Analyzing the Hospital Life Safety Survey, now in its 3rd edition. Brad has also authored a variety of articles in numerous publications addressing features of life safety and fire protection, as well as white papers and articles on the Building Maintenance Program. Currently serving as the contributing editor of the monthly HCPro newsletter Healthcare Life Safety Compliance  gives Brad further insight into the industry’s trends and best practices.