A top deficiency in health care facilities underscored in NFPA Journal

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Jan 15, 2014

Health care facilities
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.