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The Fire Protection Research Foundation report, "Operating Rooms as Wet/Dry Locations Risk Assessment” authored by Brenton Cox, Exponent, Inc. has just been published. 

The recent movement toward using risk based approaches in assessing safety risks around the world has caused the NFPA Technical Committee on Health Care Facilities (responsible for NFPA 99) to incorporate requirements related to risk analysis in NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code. As the result of the Foundation project Evaluation of Health Care Operating Rooms as Wet/Dry Locations, NFPA 99 Section states, “Operating rooms shall be considered to be a wet procedure location, unless a risk assessment conducted by the health care governing body determines otherwise.” This means that operating rooms shall be provided with special protection against electric shock unless a risk assessment proves otherwise.

The previously mentioned Foundation study includes a methodology framework for this type of quantitative risk assessment. However, the current version of NFPA 99 does not incorporate any guidance on performing a risk analysis. This supplemental report provides user guidance including worked examples.

Download the full report

NFPA and SAE International invite you to the Motor City for the 3rd Annual Electric Vehicle Safety Standards Summit! The program, to be held at the COBO Center in Detroit on Oct. 18, 2012, will cater to the growing number of electric and hybrid vehicles on the road and their safety issues as it pertains to codes and standards.

Co-hosts NFPA and SAE International encourage vehicle manufacturers, government agencies and representatives, standards-developing organizations and first responders and anyone else with interest to attend this summit.

The program focuses on safety codes and standards and other key areas aimed at improving awareness and knowledge of electric vehicles and supporting their successful integration into society.

For more information, read the full NFPA release here.

NFPA and LEGOLAND® Florida are asking members of the public to submit a video that highlights their friends and families to video record their best rendition of the theme song, “Put the Wet Stuff on the Hot Stuff” from The Big Test show at LEGOLAND Florida.

Read more about how to enter your video submission. 

Videos can be submitted between August 13, 2012 and September 12, 2012. NFPA and LEGOLAND Florida will choose finalists among all videos submitted, and the public will be permitted to vote for one finalist video per day from September 17 – September 28, 2012. The contest winner will be announced on October 4, 2012 in advance of Fire Prevention Week.

The person who submits the video that receives the most votes will receive LEGOLAND Florida two-day multi-park tickets for four people, two nights of hotel accommodations for four people, and $2,000 towards travel expenses.

Watch a performance from The Big Test Show at LEGOLAND Florida and review the song lyrics but visiting

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