Michael is a Licensed Professional Fire Protection Engineer and former Chief of Safety, Occupational Health and Fire Protection for the Veterans Administration (VA). He is an active fire protection engineering consultant on new hospital and renovation designs. He also has consulted on pre JCAHO inspections and has, as a member of the original development team, used the FSES (NFPA 101A) Standard to develop alternate fire safety design solutions to building/physical plant deficiencies found by the JCAHO.
Before you commit your new hospital design to construction or your existing hospital to renovation for Life Safety Code and/or JCAHO requirements Michael Slifka can guide you to the most efficient and effective design that meets the various codes and standards that apply to your project. And, if you are concerned that your health care facility may not be in compliance to the Life Safety Code and JCAHO criteria, Michael is available to perform a pre JCAHO review of your facility and advise you of any needed corrections needed for full compliance. If you are looking for alternate design solutions to your existing Hospital Life Safety Code or JCAHO deficiencies, Mr. Slifka can consult using the FSES to assist in determining the optimal solution.
Currently consulting on proposed designs/projects for:
As former Chief of Safety, Occupational Health and Fire Protection, oversaw the employee, patient and facility safety and fire protection for the world’s largest health-care organization, protecting more than 228,000 employees and more than 1.287 million patients each year in 100 million sq ft of office space, including:
Saved an estimated $100 million through correcting design errors at 52 VA hospitals.
One of the principal developers of the Fire Safety Evaluation System for Health Care Occupancies (FSES-NFPA 101A)
Principal instructor for 33 years to the VA Engineering Training Center for Health Care Life Safety Code and JCAHO compliance anddesign issues.
Michael has consulted on both new hospital and existing hospital designs throughout the United States.
Received an award from the Veterans Administration for innovative use of the FSES to save over $100 million in unneeded hospital design and construction due to improper interpretation of Life Safety Code and JCAHO requirements.
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