As Flu Season Begins, Hospitals Should Review Tent Use Requirements
Due to the recent increase in influenza patients, hospitals
should review requirements for tent use. According to a new State
Fire Marshal (SMF) policy, tents with labels do not have to be
annually recertified. Other current requirements are detailed in
the attached California Department of Public Health (CDPHi)
guidance. Hospitals should note that the CDPH Licensing and
Certification (L&C) district office must provide written
approval for tent use as explained in All Facility Letter 09-39.
In the absence of any specific suspension of statute or
regulation by Governor’s Executive Order, tents will be approved
for use only as waiting rooms; to conduct triage and medical
screening exams; and to provide basic first-aid and outpatient
treatment that meets all applicable rules and regulations. Any
other use may require a program flex. The SFM approves the
nonflammable material used in tents, and requires each section of
the top and sidewalls of tents designed to hold 10 or more
occupants to have an SFM-approval label. Hospitals should only
use tents with an SFM label. If no labels are affixed to tents,
hospitals should contact their local fire jurisdiction.
Local fire marshals, depending on their jurisdiction, may
have a variety of requirements as prerequisites for tent use.
Hospital owners should be in contact with their local fire
marshals now to learn the requirements prior to the use of a
OSHPD will review utility connections for tents that
originate in, pass through or pass under buildings regulated by
OSHPD. OSHPD will also require that tents do not obstruct the
required means of egress from the hospital. OSHPD is willing to
pre-approve the use of a tent when a hospital can specifically
designate where it will be located on the hospital grounds.
Hospitals are encouraged to receive this preapproval. This can be
scheduled through a field review by area compliance staff.