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Register today to attend the Fire Protection Research Foundations' symposium on the latest in dust explosionhazard control. Based on demand expressed at the successful event in 2009, the Foundation will again present this symposium highlighting updates in industry best practices for managing the dust explosion hazard. This year’s symposium will focus on the practical aspects of implementing good explosion mitigation practices and will include a keynote presentation from Imperial Sugar and a multi-industry panel presenting their latest best practices. Keynote speakers from OSHA and NASFM will describe federal and state legislative initiatives, and an update on the latest changes in NFPA standards will be presented. A one-day seminar on dust explosion hazard prevention and control will also be offered as an adjunct event.

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At this week's summit sponsored by the Fire Protection Research Foundation in Baltimore, about 100 attendees considered national trends in health care and their implications on safety codes and standards.


Bonnie Kantor of the Pioneer Network (pictured above), Karen Schoeneman of the Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services, and Gaius Nelson of Nelson Tremain Architects, were the first presenters at Wednesday's session, and addressed the topic "Culture Change and the Physical Environment." See their presentation below.


 

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Saying it is one of the most important and timely events NFPA is involved with this year, NFPA President Jim Shannon opened National Trends in Delivery of Health and Long Term Care: Implications for Safety Codes and Standards Summit in Baltimore July 21.  Sponsored by the Fire Protection Research Foundation, the summit brought together over 100 people to discuss the most pressing issues in health care and how those issues relate to NFPA Codes and Standards.   Shannon explained that NFPA has a long history in health care when it comes to codes.  The Building Exits Code, the predecessor to the Life Safety Code was changed in the 1920’s to include special provisions for “institutional” occupancies. That code as it evolved into the Life Safety Code, along with NFPA 99 and other NFPA documents, is crucial to our health care system.  “We are relied upon by enforcement officials and the public because our system of code development has stood the test of time.  As technology has developed and society has changed we have always met the need.  But we have only been able to do that because we have attracted the right people to participate in the NFPA process,” he said. The summit was put together to bring together a group of people to discuss many of the issues confronting today’s health care system. “We are not here to discuss in great specificity, as we would in the standards development process, technical changes to documents.  We want to look at the trends from a broader perspective, said Shannon. He identified some key questions that will be topics of discussion.

  • The cultural change taking place in long term care facilities and how to make sure the codes and standards respond quickly and appropriately to the “at home” environments that are becoming more prevalent as alternatives to “institutional” environments.
  • The 2012 edition of NFPA 99 will see a major restructuring including several new requirements.  How to  ensure that all the major stakeholders are up to speed on these changes as the new edition is rolled out.
  • What needs to be done to make sure that NFPA Codes and Standards respond to the growing  popularity of home health care.  Ventilators and respirators are far more common in homes today than they were ten or fifteen years ago.  These are all positive developments but they all raise new safety concern.
  • The proliferation of Outpatient/Office Surgical Centers has been a great way of simplifying surgical procedures for patients and cutting costs but they present new situations especially when they are located in office buildings and shopping malls and that requires a more detailed code analysis.
  • New medical technologies impact hospital design.  There is far more portable equipment on patient sleeping floors, often in the corridors.  These changes have profound implications for corridor width, storage and other work spaces.  What does that mean for codes now and into the future?



 

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In this issue:


    • Final call to register for this week's "Summit on National Trends in Delivery of Health and Long Term Care: Implications for Safety Codes and Standards", in Baltimore.

    • New project: "Smart Grid and the U.S. Electrical Safety Infrastructure"

    • New project: "Validation of Installation Methods for CSST Gas Piping to Mitigate Lightning Related Damage"

    • New report: "Antifreeze Solutions in Home Fire Sprinkler Systems: Literature Review and Research Plan"

    • New report: "Quantitative Evaluation of Fire and EMS Mobilization Times"

    • Upcoming: "Dust Explosion Hazard Recognition and Control: New Strategies", Kansas City, MO, October 20-21.

The Fire Protection Research Foundation is co-sponsoring this week's "Summit on National Trends in Delivery of Health and Long Term Care: Implications for Safety Codes and Standards" in Baltimore, on Wednesday, July 21.

Summary: Significant changes are underway in how delivery of healthcare, long term care and personal care is being handled in 2010 and beyond. Many of these changes or trends will influence NFPA health care codes and standards. This summit is designed to bring members of NFPA Technical Committees and health care industry leaders together to learn about these trends and changes, determine what areas can be addressed in both near-and long-term time frames. Featured presentations will include:

  • cultural change in long term care facilities
  • trends in home health care models
  • hospital design in 2010 beyond

See the full program and registration details.

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