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Posted By Topic: Body protected area

gregmcc
Sep 28 2018 13:19

there is a new retirement home been built with a common kitchen/rec area. One of the common rooms is a "treatment room".
No where within the scope of works has this room been defined as a body protected area, looking at 3003:2011 2.2.3 list "Treatment room" as required to be body protected.

I leaning towards yes it should be, others I work with are saying no because the electrical scope doesn't clearly define it as a body protected area.

So what do you think?
   

dbuckley
Sep 28 2018 13:38


The magic words are on the sales page of 3003:

> where the organization/entity responsible for that electrical installation has
> determined that low-voltage medical electrical equipment will be used on a patient.

Where medical electrical equipment will be used, then ESR 60.1.a applies.

A mains operated ECG machine or vital signs monitor would make the space subject to the rules, in my non-qualified opinion. I see the distinction as "electrical equipment connected to a body". So lights and powered beds don't count.

   

AlecK
Sep 28 2018 16:12

Remember the hierarchy: Act > ESRs > Standard.
So before looking at the scope of any Standard, need to see whether, & if so how, ESRs cite that Standard.
In this case ESR 60(1)(a) specifies compliance with 3003 for parts of an installation intended for use with electrical medical devices.
ESR 4 will tell you that these are medical devices "supplied with" electricity (thus excluding battery-powered stuff); and that "medical device" is defined in the Medicines Act. Following through to there gets into the difference between "treatment" & "diagnosis". among other things.
But the key is still in ESR 60, around intent to use such things. The intent that matters is of course the owner / occupier of the installation.

It's unlikely any resthome with a mere "treatment room" will be using any EMDs. Those that offer hospital-level care, maybe.

Most doctors' rooms are similarly exempt.

   

SteveH
Sep 28 2018 19:30

"A mains operated ECG machine or vital signs monitor would make the space subject to the rules, in my non-qualified opinion. I see the distinction as "electrical equipment connected to a body". So lights and powered beds don't count."

We were asked by a Medical Equipment supplier to TnT some powered beds (raise/lower/recline) and Air Mattresses (alter pressure points to prevent bed sores) when these were audited by local DHB, they spat the dummy saying that these items appeared on the scope of things that 3551 covers, so seems like there are a bunch of opinions as to the applicability to various items.

Contact with parts that "could" become live, or items where verifying their operation to ensure patients being treated with a medical device receive the correct level of treatment, seems like a reasonable starting point.