Codes & Standards

SMS Inc. provides code, standards and regulatory advice and services on a broad range of regulations related to the Physical Environment, including but not limited to:

  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • The Joint Commission (TJC)
  • Det Norske Veritas (DNV)
  • Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC)
  • Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP)
  • National Fire Protection Association, Life Safety Code (NFPA 101)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Whether the situation requires a simple phone call, or email, or a full-scale site review of your facility, SMS, Inc. can provide the experienced staff you need with the skills you want to help answer simple questions, solve immediate concerns and help develop solutions for complex issues. SMS, Inc.’s leadership has been in the Healthcare Physical Environment business for nearly forty years, and our consultants have an average of 20 years of experience.

No other firm in the country provides a better qualified or more experienced staff relative to completion of a Life Safety Code (LSC) Evaluation. Many of our clients express that they simply do not have the time or resources to complete a code evaluation, whereas others say they lack the technical expertise to complete the job thoroughly and accurately. Regardless of whether it is time, expertise, or a combination of both, SMS, Inc. can assist you with the timely completion of your facility’s evaluation. Furthermore, SMS, Inc. has AutoCAD capabilities for the integration of LSC information into the architectural drawings of the facility. These are examples of services we can provide:

  1. LSC / Building Analysis
  2. Documentation & AutoCAD Development
  3. SOC “First Aid” – Assistance in the Determination of Corrective Actions
  4. Life Safety Code “Mock Surveys”
  5. Staff Training & Preparation for The Joint Commission’s LSC Surveyor
  6. Equivalency Preparation & Documentation
  7. Liaison with The Joint Commission & Other AHJ’s for Special Needs
  8. Plan Review & Healthcare Construction Consultation