Upcoming trainings help clarify NFPA 80 fire door inspection requirements in healthcare facilities

Blog Post created by ldangelo Employee on Jan 27, 2017

Fire Door Comparison

In the picture above, only the door on the left must comply with the inspection and testing requirements in NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives.


However, a lack of clarity around NFPA 80 requirements remains among many facility managers, safety officers, engineers, life safety supervisors, EHS managers, construction managers and others who are responsible for ensuring that the healthcare facilities they manage comply with the standard. Knowing which doors fall under the standards’ inspection requirements is just one example.


NFPA 80 compliance comes as a result of the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services’ (CMS) adoption of the 2012 edition of NFPA 101, Life Safety Code®, last year, which requires that all U.S. healthcare facilities meet the fire door requirements in the standard.


To help clarify the application of NFPA 101 and NFPA 80, NFPA and the Door Security & Safety Foundation (DSSF) have teamed up to conduct a series of one-day trainings, which work to help ensure fire door compliance in health care facilities. More specifically, the trainings cover:

  • door types encountered in a health care facility
  • door locking means permitted
  • eleven verification points required for the yearly inspection of swinging fire door assemblies
  • the skills required to serve as the qualified person permitted to perform inspection and testing in accordance with NFPA 80


NFPA 101 and NFPA 80 fire door inspection for health care facilities trainings will be held on the following dates, as follows:


February 3, 2017 - Cranston, RI

March 6, 2017 - NFPA Headquarters, Quincy, MA

May 15, 2017 - NFPA Headquarters, Quincy, MA

July 10, 2017 - NFPA Headquarters, Quincy, MA

October 5, 2017 - NFPA Headquarters, Quincy, MA

December 4, 2017 - NFPA Headquarters, Quincy, MA


For anyone who has questions at these trainings, please contact me, Lauren DAngelo at  ldangelo@nfpa.org.