Today kicks off “Compliance through Collaboration,” a three-day NFPA forum that brings together a cross-section of building professionals, including facility managers, enforcers, contractors, designers, inspectors and installers, who have been invited to discuss issues they regularly face on the job. Attendees include a broad spectrum of professionals responsible for a wide range of occupancies in their cities, states and jurisdictions.
While the forum serves as an opportunity for participants to share their ideas and perspectives, it also helps NFPA better understand where building professionals experience struggles and challenges, and to identify the tools and resources they need to more effectively perform their work moving forward.
Day one of the forum reviewed the entire life-cycle of a building, from its planning and zoning to demolition and abandonment. For each of these phases, participants actively engaged in discussion about obstacles they frequently face in conducting their roles and responsibilities. In coordination with a lively, interactive discussion around these issues, participants provided their experience, perspectives and feedback on how these challenges can be addressed and mitigated.
As the title of the forum suggests, one of the key themes of the day was collaboration. Multiple attendees noted that contractors, building officials, fire officials, inspectors and AHJs need to work together, reinforcing the invaluable role early communications play in helping avoid conflicts later in the process.
Tomorrow, the forum will focus on construction site safety, with an overview of NFPA 241, Standard for Safeguarding Construction, Alteration and Demolition Operations, and NFPA 51B, Standard for Fire Prevention during Welding, Cutting and other Hot Work. Stay tuned!