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SUPDET 2017/AUBE '17 will take place September 12-14 in College Park, MD, USA.  This year's program will feature over 80 presentations over a three day period focused on the latest development in research, technology, and applications for the fire protection community, and how they can be put to use by the fire protection community.

 

SUPDET/AUBE 2017 will feature a variety of topics, including smoke aerosol characterization for detection applications, new detection technologies, and detection of wild fires. Some other areas of focus are new suppression research, new statistics and tests related to unwanted alarms, relevant standard updates, smart applications, unique modeling investigations, research on oxygen reduction systems, and fire protection in aircraft, vehicles, and tunnels.

 

The combination of these two international conferences continues the tradition of presenting the latest developments in research, technology and applications for the fire protection community.


REGISTER TODAY to receive the early rates, which are effective till 28 July.

 

For additional program, hotel and registration details, visit: www.nfpa.org/2017supdetaube. We hope to see you there!

While many health care facilities across the country are still adjusting to last year’s adoption of the 2012 edition of NFPA 99 by CMS, the code revision process at NFPA has continued. We are now only a short time away from the final approval and issuance of the 2018 edition of the Health Care Facilities Code. These changes may affect health care facilities that start new construction projects in jurisdictions with building codes that reference the 2018 edition. These changes may also come into play through the use of categorical waivers or when a newer edition is adopted by CMS.

 

Join me for a webinar detailing many of these changes on July 20 at 12:30 pm ET.

 

      I will discuss the most noteworthy changes that will be found in the 2018 edition. Topics discussed will include:

  • New language on risk assessments

  • New permissible material for medical gas piping

  • Reorganized electrical systems chapter

  • Revised medical gas storage requirements

  • New chapter on dental gas systems

  • Revised hyperbaric facility requirements

 

In light of a recent series of fires in high-rise buildings with combustible facades, including the Grenfell tower fire, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has initiated a project to develop a fire risk assessment tool for these types of buildings to assist local authorities globally with fire safety in their communities. This project builds on previous NFPA work begun over the past few years, related to growing concerns about fire risks associated with combustible wall insulation components.

 

“NFPA is committed to helping communities respond to current fire threats,” said Jim Pauley, NFPA president, in a news release this morning. “Given several recent tragic high-rise fires, this resource couldn’t be more needed or timely.”


The risk assessment tool will help authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) prioritize mitigation by incorporating a methodology that identifies key variables (such as wall materials, building fire protection systems, etc.). The risk assessment tool helps characterize those variables in terms of risk or mitigation potential, and incorporates them into an engineering-based risk model. The project will be conducted by a global engineering team whose work will be overseen by an advisory panel of global stakeholders and experts. It is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

 

“The deadly fires that have occurred around the globe reflect a need to recommit and promote a full system of fire prevention, protection and education in order to help save lives and reduce loss,” said Pauley. “At NFPA, we’re doing all we can to support and provide jurisdictions with the tools they need to assess risk and deliver the level of safety people expect and deserve.”

 

These sentiments were reinforced in an Associated Press news story published yesterday, which addressed how building regulations have failed to keep up with changing materials, and that many of the deadly fires that have occurred in the past year reflect insufficient efforts to oversee and inspect building construction.


For more information on this project, contact research@nfpa.org. This release and other announcements about NFPA initiatives, research and resources, can be found at the NFPA press room.

The National Safety Council recently released it's annual State of Safety report that focused upon three key areas of preventable injuries (and deaths): safety at home, safety at work and safety in transit.  While much of the initial focus and hoopla understandably zeros in on "why did my state get ranked lower than X" (as often happens when someone creates a grading or scoring metric--see the methodology here) the real take away, especially for those in the fire service, is how much we can do to reduce and eliminate preventable injuries and deaths.  The fire service arguably the most well-positioned public safety entity to address many of the leading causes of preventable injuries.  But, the fire service cannot and should not go it alone in trying to reduce these types of preventable injuries.  If there was ever a clarion call for a wholesale adoption of Community Risk Reduction, this is it.  The status quo isn't cutting it.  If we're going to make a significant dent in these numbers we're going to have to focus on and go to where a large number of the identified safety issues reside... homes.  Because, home is where the safety should be.  

 

From Overdose To Fires, States Aren't Doing Enough Protect Residents, Council Says : NPR 

On April 5, 2017, the NFPA Standards Council approved a new standard for Facilities Safety Director Professional Qualifications and placed it in the Annual 2019 cycle. 

The document covers the duties, requirements, and competencies required of facility safety directors for structures having an occupant load of greater than 500 in all occupancies except for industrial occupancies.

 

The closing date for submitting public inputs is July 28, 2017 which is just a month away! 

 

You can see the draft and submit your Public Inputs online by clicking here.

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