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The Live Articles on Special Hazards, are a series of article reprinted from the monthly fire insurance supplement of The Weekly Underwriter in the early 20th century.  The purpose of these articles was to provide fire insurance specialists with a working knowledge of manufacturing processes and the risks inherent with each process or product. 

Cottonoil"The cub inspector going into a cotton mill for the first time is confronted by a series of bewildering manufacturing operations.  How much easier would the work be for him if he knew just where the process begins, and which processes require special attention from the fire insurance viewpoint!  The veteran inspector who has not visited a paint factory for years may wish to refresh his memory as to the chemistry of oxidation of leads and oils just prior to looking over a new risk in his field.  It is hoped that the "Live Articles" presented herewith, and those which are being published currently in the Weekly Underwriter may in a good measure answer this need."  The image at right is an instructive diagram of a crude oil refinery.

Early volumes covered  processes in cotton mills, clothing factories, storage warehouses,  flour mills, sugar refineries and oil refineries as well as discussion of special occupancies like theaters,  churches and piers.  Also included are articles explaining insurance such as marine insurance, American reinsurance,  and use and occupancy insurance: origin, elements, development,  and application of this form of coverage explained and analyzed.

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Researchers use these volumes to trace back the understanding of a specific hazard, like ammonium nitrate, or dry cleaning chemicals or to document the history of provisions relating to specific occupancies in codes and standards.

The Charles S. Morgan Library supports the research activities and maintains the archive of NFPA.  We have the Live Articles on Special Hazards and the NFPA Quarterly Bulletin of the Committee on Special Hazards.  Learn more about the Library and Archives, our resources, and services.

CEUs If you attended NFPA's Conference & Expo in Chicago this June be sure to keep an eye out for the link you will receive via email so that you can access a record of the CEU (continuing education units) you earned. 

CEU records will be available approximately one month after the conference.

2015 NFPA Conference CEUs are applicable toward the education requirements of many professional boards and licensing organizations. Eligibility and reporting procedures vary; for more information, contact your professional organization. Outlined below are instructions for some of the most popular requests. 

American Institute of Architects (AIA) AIA_Logo

To receive continuing education credit for eligible Education Sessions, complete 2015 AIA Form C-1 and submit to Renee Noonan.

 

BCSPlogoBoard of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)

CEUs earned at the 2015 NFPA Conference & Expo may* qualify for BCSP recertification points. For details, refer to the BCSP Recertification Guide.  To receive continuing education credit for qualifying Education Sessions, complete the Certificate Request Form and submit to Renee Noonan. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance, which you must submit directly to BCSP.  *To qualify for BCSP recertification points, sessions must be safety, health, environmental or fire science related and must be found on the applicable examination blueprints. The exam blueprints can be downloaded at BCSP.org.

FCIAFirestop Contractors International Association (FCIA)

CEUs earned at the 2015 NFPA Conference & Expo may be applicable to FM 4991 Approved Contractor and UL/ULC Qualified Contractor Program accreditation requirements for the Designated Responsible Individuals. To receive continuing education credit for eligible Education Sessions, complete the Certificate Request Form and submit to Renee Noonan. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance, which you must submit to FM Approvals or UL/ULC during the annual audit.

ICClogoInternational Code Council (ICC)

CEUs earned at the 2015 NFPA Conference & Expo may qualify for ICC recertification points. Information on renewing certifications can be found in the ICC Renewal Bulletin. To receive continuing education credit for qualifying NFPA C&E Sessions, you will need to log the appropriate information into your ICC account. To receive a Certificate of Attendance (which you should retain for 3 years for ICC auditing purposes), complete the Certificate Request Form and submit to Renee Noonan.

NABlogoNational Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB)

To receive continuing education credit for eligible Education Sessions, complete the NAB Certificate Request Form and submit to Renee Noonan. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance, which you must submit directly to NAB.

NICETlogoNational Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET)

To submit CEUs earned at the 2015 NFPA Conference & Expo for consideration toward NICET requirements, enter the appropriate information in Section B of your NICET CPD log when recertifying. 1 CEU is worth 10 CPD points. NOTE: The training and education that qualifies for NICET Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points toward recertification should advance, broaden, and enhance technical knowledge and job skills of the certification specialty area held by the participant. NICET reserves the right to disallow education/training.

NFCAlogoNational Fireproofing Contractors Association (NFCA)

CEUs earned at the 2015 NFPA Conference & Expo may be applicable to NFCA accreditation requirements. To receive continuing education credit for eligible Education Sessions, complete the Certificate Request Form and submit to Renee Noonan. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance, which you must submit directly to NFCA.

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

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CEUs earned at the 2015 NFPA Conference & Expo may be applicable to continuing education requirements for CESW, CESCP, CFI-I, CFI-II, CFPE, and CFPS recertification. Information regarding specific requirements for each certification and how to report CEUs during the recertification process can be found at nfpa.org/certification. To receive a Certificate of Attendance verifying CEUs earned, complete the Certificate Request Form and submit to Renee Noonan.

Hello NFPA Bloggers and Followers! HR Logo

The NFPA HR team has decided to enter the wonderful world of blogging and are super excited to do so! I will be heading up the blogging and am looking forward to letting each and every one of our followers know about what is happening at NFPA on the "people side." I will also highlight one open role during each of my blog posts - if you know anyone who might be interested, share my blog and have them apply! We are always looking for talented individuals to join the team!

Have a topic that you'd like to hear about? Let me know in the comments section of each blog.

Recently, NFPA created an Instagram account - yay! This account will be used to tell our story in pictures and the content will range from behind the scenes images from meetings, events and what we are calling "a day in the life," which will highlight NFPA employees. This allows us to connect with our constituents and members while highlighting what really makes NFPA great - our employees.

Now...on to our first highlighted open role! Drum role, please......

Fire Alarm Code Specialist! NFPA has a great opportunity for an experienced fire alarm code specialist who will independently manage complex technical projects related to area of expertise including technical committee, product development, and other association activities.

This role is ideal for someone who has a bachelor's degree in fire protection engineering, electrical, mechanical, civil or chemical engineering along with 7 - 10 years of experience in the fire alarm industry.

From an outside, completely non-technical perspective, this role would provide the opportunity to be a part of a code that is such an integral part of fire safety everywhere. I remember being in Elementary School and having Sparky come visit, explaining to each of my classmates and I the importance of  listening for fire alarms and having a plan to get out if and when you hear the loud BEEP. My point? Fire Alarms are something that keep all of us safe, and being a part of such a huge piece of the Fire Protection puzzle would be incredibly rewarding.

Interested? Know someone who might be? Check out the full job description and apply by clicking below!

Fire Alarm Code Specialist

Thanks for reading and following along!

~ Katelyn

Fatality blog
In 2014, 64 firefighters died on duty, a sharp decrease from the previous year, according to a report “Firefighter Fatalities in the United States, 2014” just released by NFPA’s Fire Analysis and Research Division. A detailed summary of the report, the causes of on-duty fatalities, historical trends, and more was published in the July/August issue of NFPA Journal.

The 64 deaths was a big increase from the 97 deaths that occurred in 2013, when three incidents claimed a total of 32 lives, according to the report. In 2014, 22 deaths occurred while firefighters were operating at fires, the second lowest total since the study began in 1977. Sudden cardiac deaths continue to be a big problem for the fire service. In 2014, 36 sudden cardiac deaths with onset while the victim was on duty is the highest since 2008, and accounted for 56 percent of 2014’s on duty deaths.

For much more information on specific incidents, trends and causes of on-duty fatalities, and to read the Journal article and the full report, visit nfpa.org/2014fatalityreport.

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