With so many responsibilities and challenges on the job, health facility professionals often are short on time. With this challenge in mind, the American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE) has developed a new series of fast — and free — online education programs for members. Courses in the Quick Training series can be completed in just 20 minutes.

Not only are the programs free to ASHE members, but they can also share the Quick Training programs with their teams to ensure that everyone who needs to know this information has access to the courses. The series currently includes three programs:

  • Wet-pipe sprinkler systems. This course shows how to inspect, test and maintain wet-pipe sprinkler systems. It covers key requirements of the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, and NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems.
  • Annual visual sprinkler inspection. This course shows how to ensure compliance with NFPA 25’s requirement that sprinkler systems be inspected annually. During the course, participants will learn to identify common challenges during sprinkler inspections.
  • Portable fire extinguishers. This program covers portable fire extinguisher-inspection procedures and documentation for compliance. The course explains the various agents used to extinguish a fire, the class types of fire extinguishers used for different types of fire hazards, and placement and location requirements.

Each program includes education as well as a short online quiz, which participants can take to gain a certificate of completion so be sure to take these courses or share them with your facilities team.

The Quick Training series is one of several new resources ASHE has developed this year. If you haven’t taken the time to explore the resources available, I encourage you to visit the ASHE Resource Library to browse or search for tools, articles, white papers, educational programs and other resources that can make your job easier and save you time. 

Bradley R. Taylor, MBA, CHFM, ASHE President