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Last year, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) officially adopted the 2012 editions of NFPA 101®: Life Safety Code® and NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code.

In addition, CMS also developed a series of Fire Safety Survey forms for the facility or the survey team to use when implementing the new adoption within their healthcare facility. These CMS forms will help them to identify potential deficiencies.

For ease and efficiency, the NFPA created an interactive version of the CMS2786R Fire Safety Survey Report. Utilizing the NFPA Interactive CMS 2786R, Fire Safety Survey Report, facility managers and / or surveyors can cross-reference applicable provisions with direct access to the full 2012 editions of NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code and NFPA 101: Life Safety Code.

With this dynamic tool a facility manager and / or surveyor can instantly call up same information found on the CMS form used by CMS and state officials, along with code content from NFPA 101 and NFPA 99 as reference within the K-tag summary field.

The NFPA Interactive CMS 2786R, Fire Safety Survey is a must for facility managers, and is available as PDF on computer or mobile devices. Quickly edit and validate data on the fly.

And with its unique ability to instantly call up same the information found on the CMS form used by CMS and state officials as well as code content from NFPA 101 and NFPA 99 as referenced within the K-tag summary field, the NFPA Interactive CMS 2786R, Fire Safety Survey Report is a must for facility managers.

Check out this new dynamic tool, brought to you by the NFPA here:

http://catalog.nfpa.org/The-NFPA-Interactive-CMS-2786R-Fire-Safety-Survey-Report-P17768.aspx

On Wednesday, June 28th, in Dorchester, MA a fire ripped through the top floor of a building that was under construction to be condos and apartments. This building was still unoccupied, it was set to open in July, and has 83 units, sprinklers were not yet turned on, which did contribute to the fire getting out of control.

 

With recent fires like this one in Dorchester also occurring in Maplewood, NJ, Raleigh, NC as well as in Overland, KS, there is a need to safeguard against fires during construction. Standards like NFPA 241: Standard for Safeguarding Construction, Alteration and Demolition Operations. NFPA 241 is referenced in both NFPA 1: Fire Code and the International Fire Code.

NFPA 241, in particular, ensures that fire safety standards are maintained throughout the construction, demolition or alteration process. It requires building owners and / or facility managers to create a construction fire safety program and even designate a fire prevention manager, who can oversee all fire-prevention efforts during the construction phase.

 

Here are some of the key considerations in NFPA 241:

  • The development of a program that includes on-site security, fire protection systems, organization and training of a fire brigade, and the establishment of a pre-fire plan with the local fire department.
  • The owner / facility manager is required to appoint a person who is responsible for the fire prevention program and ensure that it is carried out to completion. This individual will have knowledge of the applicable fire protection standards, available fire protection systems, and fire inspection procedures. Where guard service is provided, the fire prevention program manager will be responsible for that guard service. The role entails many other responsibilities including weekly self-inspections and records management, adequate provision of fire protection devices and maintenance of such equipment, proper training in the use of fire protection equipment and the supervision of the permit system.

 

While, the building is not a total loss, and there are plans to rebuild as soon as possible, the financial implications and loss could be reduced with the implementation of NFPA 241.

 

Stay tuned for the launch of NFPA’s Online Learning Modules on NFPA 241, coming in September 2017.

Do you work in healthcare, education or in an industrial facility? If your job requires to manage and / or maintain square footage of a facility, the NFPA would like the opportunity to learn more from you. The NFPA is committed to learning and understanding from stakeholders, like facility maintenance personnel, building owners, safety managers and the like. If you are interested in working more closely with the NFPA, please reach out to Lauren D’Angelo, Segment Director for Facility Managers, at ldangelo@nfpa.org.

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.

 

Announcing the new NFPA Hands-on Training for Facilities Managers: Essentials for Life Safety and Fire Protection. This 2-day course was developed expressly for anyone concerned with facility safety and code compliance including: facility maintenance personnel, building owners, engineers, designers, and project managers.

 

This all-new NFPA training for facility managers includes hands-on demonstrations of NFPA 101®, NFPA 72®, and NFPA 25 compliance in a state-of-the-art lab! The key to this class is that you learn about the life-saving systems that protect your building’s occupants, and see those systems in action.

 

You will get both classroom instruction led by experts from NFPA, and special hands-on training and demonstrations of the critical fire protection and life safety equipment.

 

When you return to your facilities, you will have gained insights and the know-how to manage vendors, provide answers to AHJs and ultimately, keep your occupants safe. Learn more at nfpa.org/handson

 

Dates: November 10-11, 2016

Location: State-of-the-art training facility in Cranston, Rhode Island

Format: Classroom instruction led by experts from NFPA, plus hands-on training and demonstrations of the critical fire protection and life safety equipment.

 

Space is limited! Sign-up today to guarantee your spot in this special training! SIGN UP HERE

For  more information CLICK HERE.

Inspection, testing and maintenance (ITM) for water-based fire protection systems, of a facility is an important part of Facilities Managers jobs.  Regular fire safety inspections in institutional and commercial buildings is essential for the safety of both the occupants and the facilities. When ITM requirements for a building are met, buildings run more efficiently, spending on maintenance costs, upgrades and repairs is more readily identified, leading to less unexpected costs, and last but not least, safety is increased.

 

While the NFPA does put the responsibility for ITM on the owner of the building, often the facilities manager is acting on behalf of them.  At times, depending on the training level and the experience of each individual facility manager, it may be appropriate to bring in an outside contractor to perform certain ITM activities. However, there are some inspections and maintenance activities that with the right training, can be handled with in-house inspections. 

A critical component to ensuring that the water-based fire protection systems in your facility are running properly is understanding what can be done in-house, and is not covered by hired help. 

This is where having the right training comes in.

 

If during the ITM process significant design issues are revealed, it can lead to the need for a “re-commissioning event”. While NFPA 25 does not require that an owner perform this recommissioning activity, it might be unavoidable or necessary in order to confirm compliance with all of the applicable design and installation standards.  If the owner and / or facilities manager decides that a re-commissioning event is the right step, NFPA 3 is the recommended practice.

 

Much of this knowledge and research on facilities managers and their roles is what lead to the NFPA developing their new Hands-On 2-Day Training for Facilities Managers – Essentials for Life Safety and Fire Protection Systems, check it out!

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