Staying up-to-speed on new hazards, changing technologies, best practices, and the codes that ensure safety, can be a full-time job for those that work in the building, life safety, and emergency response realm.
To help authorities and practitioners keep informed about the codes in effect in any given state, county or city, NFPA has developed CodeFinder™, a new interactive online tool that identifies the NFPA codes and standards that are being used around the world. The new web-based resource also includes information on the NFPA codes referenced within International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) and International Code Council (ICC) codes. Referenced documents are considered part of those codes, and should be enforced for complete compliance and optimal safety.
CodeFinder features available data for U.S. states, cities with more than a quarter million in population, and counties with over one million in population (or the largest municipalities in the state). It also contains information for Canadian provinces and territories, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Some users may want to use the tool’s color-coded mapping, convenient hovering feature or filtering mechanism to find current codes; while others might opt for searching by topic or the most frequently used NFPA codes and standards. There is even a place for code information to be input, if the information is not already included within CodeFinder.
President Jim Pauley stressed the importance of current code usage during his remarks at NFPA’s Conference and Expo this week. “Codes and standards are developed by experts from around the globe to ensure a minimum level of safety. They incorporate learnings from new research, case studies, loss experience, and innovation,” Pauley said. “CodeFinder helps our stakeholders apply the most recent safety benchmarks, and ensures that people and property get the level of protection that they expect and deserve.”
CodeFinder was designed to be informational and educational. It will continue to improve with information and input from a wide spectrum of professionals. Try out NFPA’s new code-finding tool at https://codefinder.nfpa.org, and let us know what you think via the comment feature below.