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Division of Safety Inspection 

The Department of Health, Division of Safety Inspection, has the responsibility of surveying health care facilities to determine compliance with the Life Safety Code, NFPA 101, 2012 Edition for federal certification and state licensure.  In addition to the survey process, the division also has the responsibility of reviewing and approving construction drawings for all health care facilities in the commonwealth.
The division's central office controls and coordinates the activities of five regional offices.  These offices are located in Harrisburg, Jackson Center, Norristown, Pittsburgh and Williamsport.  Click here for a list of the division's central office and five regional offices.  The division surveys more than 1,350 facilities, with over 3,000 individual buildings.
The division provides sophisticated building analysis in accordance with the federal and state mandated Life Safety Code.  This analysis constitutes a review of the structural design and fireproofing.  Within that framework, the electrical systems, plumbing, heating, ventilation, fire alarm, sprinkler system and smoke-detection systems must be evaluated.  The division's plan review staff meet daily with architects and engineers in the Harrisburg central office to determine the acceptability of designs for health care facilities.
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