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CMS humidity rule still requires you to follow manufacturer's requirement

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February 18, 2021

by Brad Keyes, CHSP, Keyes Life Safety Compliance

Q: A piece of equipment comes with the recommendation that it should operate in a 30%–60% humidity range, and we do a risk assessment and show that over time (say more than a year), it has operated without incident. Based on that risk assessment, and per a policy stating such, can we continue to operate in less than 30% humidity?

A: No, that would not be the way I understand it. CMS would expect you to operate the equipment in an environment that the manufacturer has set. So, if the manufacturer says only to use the equipment in an environment of 30%–60% relative humidity (RH), and you use it in an environment that is 20%–60%, then you would be noncompliant with the manufacturer’s recommendations and subject to a finding.

Q: A piece of equipment comes with the recommendation that it should operate in a 30%–60% humidity range, and we do a risk assessment and show that over time (say more than a year), it has operated without incident. Based on that risk assessment, and per a policy stating such, can we continue to operate in less than 30% humidity?



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