In 1995, the Joint Commission (TJC), responsible for accrediting more than 20,000 organizations (including 4,800 hospitals), developed a method for addressing deficiencies at these settings and battle plans for improvement. Despite this approach, improper fire and smoke barriers remain at the top of the deficiency list.
A feature story in the latest edition of NFPA Journal examines this issue through in-depth analysis from George Mills, TJC's director of engineering, and William E. Koffel, president of Koffel Associates, Inc., a a fire and life safety consulting firm.
"In recognition of the ongoing magnitude of these issues, TJC has partnered with several other organizations to create the Barrier Management Symposium, a training program for those responsible for making sure that these systems are functional and comply with the intent of NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®," says the authors.
Get more details in the January/February issue of Journal.