new construction where continuous hinge is installed and the label that was applied to the jamb is not visible. the frame mfr states that labels were applied.
is the label on a door frame required to be visible after hardware is installed?
I ran into this issue several times during my years of inspecting healthcare facility building fire safety. You should have the manufacturer of door supplier provide visible labels on all required components. Else-wise, how would an inspector substantiate the frame and door assembly is a listed assembly?
Do you know the NFPA standards or codes that requires visible labels for fire door assemblies?
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Milton Werner wrote: Else-wise, how would an inspector substantiate the frame and door assembly is a listed assembly?
Milton Werner wrote:
Else-wise, how would an inspector substantiate the frame and door assembly is a listed assembly?
If it's a listed assembly, then there should be a UL listing for that assembly. All the active listings can be pulled from the following link below. If the listing is no longer active, then the owner would need to have a copy on hand or acquire it from the manufacturer. If they can't, then they'd have to have UL come out and do a field listing of the assembly. I've gone through this process at various power plants that were lacking proper labeling.
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Some good reading
This issue arises with many other components other than doors. As an example, you have similar label requirements on dampers and louvers too when applicable. And those are almost always hidden within the wall or door they are mounted in. The label is there, but not exactly "readily visible" nor "convenient". It was visible at the time of installation, but not necessarily while installed.
NFPA 80 addressed this issue in 1986, then expanded the requirement in 1990 as follows:
Listed and Labeled Products.... Labels shall be applied in locations that are readily visibleand convenient for identification by the AHJ after installationof the assembly."
Listed and Labeled Products.
... Labels shall be applied in locations that are readily visibleand convenient for identification by the AHJ after installationof the assembly."
I've seen a few old fire doors with the label on the bottom or top stiles. It's annoying but wasn't forbidden anywhere at the time, and is still a matter of opinion whether that would be readily visible and convenient (both can be easily inspected with an inspection mirror).
As far as fire door assemblies go, if the specific fire door assembly was rated as a whole, then only one label would be needed for the entire assembly and not on every component. Depends on how everything was rated and pieced together. If the components were rated separately, then they should be labeled separately, and vice versa.
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