Thanks to everyone who attended the session at 11 am this morning on developing and implementing emergency action plans for high-rise office buildings. The turnout was fantastic, and we had some great discussion! Please let Jack Murphy or myself know what you thought. Did you find the information useful? Do you have a role in developing or implementing EAPs in your building? Do you have any advice for others working on EAPs?
Don't forget to check out www.nfpa.org/highrise to download a free copy of the EAP guide.
Summer is upon us and that means backyard barbecues. Unfortunately for many apartment and condominium dwellers, grilling on the balcony simply poses too great a risk not only to you, your family, and your home, but also to your neighbors and their homes. The risk posed by grilling on balconies of other than one- and two-family dwellings is deemed by NFPA 1: Fire Code to be unacceptable - grilling on balconies using anything other than listed, permanently installed equipment is prohibited, regardless of the heat source. Many apartment complexes and condos now provide common area barbecues to allow residents to grill safely and enjoy a sense of community. Developers of new residential projects and owners of existing complexes should be encouraged to provide this amenity to mitigate the hazard posed by occupants illicitly grilling on their balconies.
NFPA provides some great information on grilling safety - click here for details. Wishing you all a very happy, fire-safe summer!
The US Chemical Safety Board highlighted the hazards at facilities involved with the treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste. Two specific incidents involving fires were the subject of CSB-led investigations and completed reports. The applicability of NFPA codes and standards to hazardous wastes and TSDFs was not clear. In 2013, the NFPA Hazardous Chemicals Technical Committee created a task group to further investigate the TSDF fire problem in the context of the NFPA 400 Hazardous Materials Code. The task group identified the need for additional research regarding TSDF incidents in the form of a gap analysis. This code fund project, through the Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF), was created to gather information on TSDF losses including causes and contributing factors; to identify trends and challenges unique to TSDFs; to review the fire codes in the context of TSDFs; to identify gaps, both real and perceived, by Chemical Safety Board (CSB) and others; and propose a strategy for implementing code language with the existing MAQ per control area approach to fundamental requirements, fire prevention and fire protection for TSDFs containing a cross section of hazardous materials. The completed report is available from the Foundation web page and can be accessed through the following link
At its April 2015 meeting, the Standards Council reviewed the request from NFPA staff to seek input from the stakeholders, members and affected parties as to the need for a separate NFPA Standard to address the various processes associated with hazardous waste disposal. After review of all the material before it, the Council voted to publish a notice to solicit public comments of need for the project, information on subject matter resources, those interested in participating, if established, and other organizations actively involved with the subject. Click on the link to go to the page where you can submit comments in response to this solicitation. Please note, though the deadline established for comments is listed as June 15th, the Council will still accept comments on this request for information regarding the need for a separate TSDF standard.Hazardous waste disposal
And, if you are really interested in this topic, an educational session will be presented this afternoon; Session T75, from 3:30 - 4:30 pm, in Room 503ab, will review the recently completed Fire Protection Research Foundation project on TSD facilities - gap analysis.
Please join me for session T40 Emergency Action Planning for High-Rise Buildings, where I will provide guidance on developing Emergency Action Plans for high-rise office buildings--critical to occupant safety during an emergency. In February of 2014, NFPA's High-Rise Building Safety Advisory Committee released "Guidelines to Developing Emergency Action Plans for All-Hazard Emergencies in High-Rise Office Buildings", which has become a valuable resource for those developing and implementing Emergency Action Plans within the high-rise building community. Jack Murphy with The Fire Safety Directors Association of Greater New York will join me in discussing EAPs in action! Topics of the presentation include:
NFPA High-Rise Building Safety Resources
Code Requirements for Emergency Action Plans
Developing an Emergency Action Plan
Roles and Responsibilities
Emergency Action Plans in Use
Come check it out at 11:00 am on Tuesday, June 23...and say hello while you are there!
Track: Emergency Preparedness/Business Continuity
Content Type: Best Practices
NFPA Section Sponsors: Building Fire Safety Systems Section
NFPA 1300, Standard for Community Risk Reduction (CRR) Plans, is a proposed standard that is still in the drafting phase. The document release and first edition is yet to be determined as the draft will need to be approved by the Standards Council prior to entering the formal NFPA revision process. The Technical Committee on Fire Prevention Organization and Deployment will be meeting later this year to continue working on the draft document. This standard will contain requirements for the process to conduct a Community Risk Assessment and develop, implement and evaluate a Community Risk Reduction Plan. The standard will also contain the minimum requirements of a community risk assessment (CRA), adequate program selection, managing resources, records management, training, communications, and health and safety. Sign up for email alerts www.nfpa.org/1300
Hot off the press! Interested in learning about the 2016 editions of NFPA 80 and NFPA 105? Come join me for session T01 NFPA 80-2016, Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives, and NFPA 105-2016, Standard for the Installation of Smoke Door Assemblies and Other Opening Protectives, Changes, where I will discuss the many important changes that have been made to the 2016 editions of NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives, and NFPA 105, Standard for the Installation of Smoke Door Assemblies and Other Opening Protectives, related to fire and smoke door assemblies. This presentation will summarize the major changes and their impacts on the fire and smoke door community. Topics include (but are not limited to):
Fire damper testing
Inspection, testing and maintenance of smoke doors
Smoke damper testing
Come check it out at 8:00 am on Tuesday, June 23...and say hello while you are there!
Track: Codes and Standards
Content Type: Code/Standard Updates
NFPA Section Sponsors: Architects, Engineers, & Building Officials Section, Health Care Section
This morning I attended session M02, which highlighted a new approval test standard available for evaluating and establishing the basis for "listed" systems as required by NFPA 68, Standard on Explosion Protection by Deflagration Venting. I can remember when the Committee on Explosion Protection Systems, responsible for NFPA 68 first considered this new technology in 1998 whereby an explosion could be vented indoors. The device generally consists of a flame arresting and particulate retention mesh along with a rupture membrane. The NFPA combustible dust standards include "particulate retention and flame arresting" devices (which is how these devices are denoted in NFPA 68) as a permitted control measure where combustible dust explosion hazards are determined to exist. For example, NFPA 654-2013, paragraph 7.1.4 provides the following; note 7.1.4.(6) includes the "flameless venting" device:
Dr. Jenny Chao, FM Global, and Armand Brandao, FM Approvals, reviewed the methodology used by the FM Approvals Standard 7730 (issued at the end of 2014) to evaluate these devices. NFPA 68 requires these devices be listed for their use. NFPA 68 is scheduled for revision in the Fall 2017 cycle; Public Inputs are being accepted for the standard until January 7, 2016. To view NFPA 68 in a read-only format go to www.nfpa.org/68. FM Approvals Standard 7730 is available from the FM Global web site.