NFPA Medical Gas and Vacuum Systems Handbook 2021 ed.


Access expert information and guidance in identifying and applying the most current medical gas and vacuum systems requirements.

Helping to ensure medical gas and vacuum systems are properly installed, maintained, and ready to perform as intended is a critical element to patient care and maintaining operational effectiveness in health care facilities. The Medical Gas and Vacuum Systems Handbook, 4th edition, 2021, provides assistance in better understanding applicable provisions specified in NFPA® 99, Health Care Facilities Code, to improve safety, avoid costly errors and rework, and pass your CMS Fire Safety Survey.

Organized to make it easier for you to find the criteria you require, the handbook offers the latest information on gas and vacuum systems, including dental. You get the latest medical gas and vacuum systems requirements extracted directly from NFPA 99, along with insightful commentary, detailed explanations, and visual learning aids.

Features include:

  • More than 90 full-color photos, tables, charts
  • Easy to navigate single column, spiralbound format
  • Shading and symbols to indicate changes, deletions, and additions to the code
  • Code Index of NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code, 2021 edition
  • Summary of Technical Changes: 2018 to 2021

The 4th edition of the Medical Gas and Vacuum Systems Handbook is updated to reflect revisions to the latest code and supplements.

This handbook covers a wide array of topics from installation and maintenance to identifying issues, personnel qualifications, and having adequate capacity. It offers valuable insight as to the reasons behind certain code requirements and how to achieve compliance. A must-have for designers, engineers, installers, inspectors, facility managers, and AHJs, the handbook helps get you and your team up-to-speed with sections of NFPA 99, 2021 edition, applicable to Category 1-3 gas, air compressor, and vacuum systems. 

New features include the addition of a form relating to the responsible facility authority and the Summary of Technical Changes, which provides an overview of the significant updates from the previous edition. The summary is only available in the Medical Gas and Vacuum Systems Handbook and serves as an excellent resource to quickly find changes that may apply to your work.

Additional Supplements provide more in-depth coverage of essential medical gas and vacuum systems topics.

Part 2 of the Medical Gas and Vacuum Systems Handbook takes a closer look at critical subject areas. You benefit from three supplements that are not part of NFPA 99 and only available in the handbook, including: 

  • Supplement 1: Qualifications for Personnel Performing Medical Gas Work and General Brazing Procedures, summarizing the ASSE/IAPMO/ANSI professional qualifications for medical gas systems installers, inspectors, verifiers, and maintenance personnel. This supplement also presents information on brazing procedures and performance and hot work from the Copper Development Association, the American Welding Society, and NFPA 51B, Standard for Fire Prevention During Welding, Cutting, and Other Hot Work.
  • Supplement 2: Cleaning for Oxygen Service and Preparing a Joint for Brazing, offering additional information for the reader on the importance of cleaning a medical gas system for oxygen service and also how to prepare a joint for brazing.
  • Supplement 3: Installation Testing and Documentation, providing examples of the documentation described in NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code, for the installer and the verifier to provide to the AHJ after a new medical gas and vacuum system is installed and tested or an existing system has been modified.

Maximize safety and efficiency with the Medical Gas and Vacuum Systems Handbook.

NFPA publications such as NFPA 99, NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®, and NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code®, are used around the globe for guidance and policy in a broad range of industries and disciplines. As a non-profit that enables and promotes the consensus process for the development of codes and standards, we're dedicated to providing the guidance and support to assist you in requiring and enforcing applicable criteria governing fire and life safety.

Help ensure your organization has the knowledge to help safeguard health care centers, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and other medical facilities. Place your order for the Medical Gas and Vacuum Systems Handbook, 4th edition, 2021, today.

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SpecificationsNFPA, 2021
9 1/2" x 11", spiral bound, soft cover
412 pages
ISBN: 9781455927173

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