Trash Cans

Q: Can you tell me where to find the code reference for trash cans in healthcare, ambulatory, and business occupancies? I have reviewed the respective chapters in the 2012 LSC and there does not appear to be any requirements for a rating or type of trash container to be used. I was thinking that they all had to be UL listed?

A: You are correct in that there is no mention of trash can ratings in the Life Safety Code… That is because there are none. Years ago (perhaps 25 years ago) there used to be, but the requirements for a trash can to have a specific rating has since been deleted.

Now, there is a requirement for containers holding clean waste and documents waiting for shredding to be FM Approval 6921 (See 19.7.5.7.2 of the 2012 Life Safety Code), but other than that there are no 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.