Tracy Vecchiarelli

NFPA 101 and 5000 First Draft Meetings Come to a Close

Blog Post created by Tracy Vecchiarelli Employee on Aug 28, 2012

The NFPA 101 and NFPA 5000 First Draft Technical Committee meetings were a success! The eight technical committee meetings were held between August 12th and August 17th in St. Louis, MO. Over 160 committee members attended the meetings and 25 guests sat in to hear the discussions. 


Here is a list of some of the topics the committees discussed:

  • The Assembly Occupancies Committee developed First Revisions that      (1) expand the Life Safety Evaluation to differentiate between building      systems-related and facility management-related issues, (2) delineate the training      subjects for crowd managers, and (3) address stadium/arena aisle      transitions like those which occur where an aisle stair within a seating      section splits so as to run to each side of a vomitory portal.
  • The Detention and Correctional Committee discussed special      provisions for alcohol-based hand-rub dispensers because of the additional      safety, health, and security risks in detention and correctional      facilities.
  • The Educational and Day-Care Occupancies Committee developed First      Revisions that (1) clarify that the educational occupancy provisions apply      to preschools only if all the children are 24 months or more in age, (2)      require carbon monoxide detection in new educational occupancies with fuel      burning appliances, and (3) revise the day-care occupancy provisions to      recognize features characteristic of a residential dwelling unit.
  • The Health Care Occupancies Committee developed First Revisions      that (1) allow egress doors, that are permitted to be locked, to be      disguised by murals in units like those housing Alzheimer’s patients, (2)      permit nursing home corridor width to be decreased from 8 ft to 6 ft in      smoke compartments housing not more than 30 residents, and (3) require      “nurse servers” and other pass-throughs in corridor walls to be protected      as required for corridor doors.
  • The Industrial and Storage Committee discussed the classification      of storage occupancies based upon the hazard of contents and the      protection of high rise open parking structures. 
  • The Mercantile and Business Committee discussed occupant load      factors for concentrated and less concentrated business use areas. 
  • The Residential Board and Care Facilities Committee discussed      proposed revisions to allow for door locking for residents’ safety based      on their clinical needs, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. The Committee      also discussed proposed revisions to allow for limited cooking areas to be      open to corridors, as is currently permitted in certain health care      occupancies where special protection features are in place.
  • The Residential Occupancies Committee discussed proposed revisions      to require all new hotels and dormitories to be protected by automatic      sprinklers given the long history of occupant life safety from fire they      have provided. The Committee also reviewed the requirements for carbon      monoxide detection in residential occupancies containing fuel-burning      fireplaces.

The next step in the NFPA Process is for the committees to be balloted on the changes that were made during the meetings. After the  balloting is complete, you can view the results on the document  information pages: NFPA 101 and NFPA 5000. The first draft will be posted and ready for public comments by February 2, 2013.