Concert halls, sports stadiums, arenas and other buildings that host large events with big crowds rely on a bevy of both visible and behind-the-scenes measures to keep people safe.
One of the safety tools in NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®, that spectators don’t see is the life safety evaluation (LSE), an assessment aimed at ensuring that the venue has adequate safety features for the events it is intended to host.
The 2015 edition of the Life Safety Code improves the effectiveness of the LSE in a couple ways, explains NFPA principal life safety engineer Ron Coté in his “In Compliance” column in the July/August issue of NFPA Journal.
The changes are meant to harmonize, prior to construction, a venue’s physical design with how it will be managed.
“The new LSE provisions will facilitate better communication among the designers and those who manage the facilities after construction,” Coté writes. “The goal is to provide managers with safety systems that are compatible with actual building use.”