In 2016, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) adopted the 2012 edition of NFPA 101, Life Safety Code®, which requires compliance with the 2010 edition of NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives. As of January 1, 2017, all healthcare facility managers who work in hospital settings must comply with NFPA 80.
NFPA 80 covers the installation, care and maintenance of many types of fire doors and protective openings. More specifically, it requires that yearly inspections and testing are conducted on all fire door assemblies, ensuring that deficiencies are corrected; follow-up reacceptance testing is conducted; and records are properly maintained for review by the authority having jurisdiction.
Our new NFPA 80 fact sheet provides an overview of these requirements, pinpointing:
- which door components need to be tested and inspected;
- who is qualified to perform the inspections; and
- how those efforts can be documented.