Under NFPA 80, Chapter 5, are fire-rated access doors and fire-rated floor doors required to have initial fire-door inspections and annual inspections?
2010 NFPA 80 regulates the access doors.
No. Under chapter 5 the access-doors are not required to comply with the Chapter 5 care and maintenance. Looking
Chapter 16 governs the installation of access doors.
Looks like you are on your own to maintain the installation of the access doors.
Well, on the first install, someone qualified has to say they were installed properly.
Not sure if that is your question.
Cda, I agree. But by the NFPA 80 standard who shall that be?
2016 is the current edition of NFPA 80, not 2010.
I agree that NFPA 80, Chapter 16 covers the installation of access doors.
But I am not asking about installation requirements, but rather inspection requirements.
None of the installation chapters in NFPA 80 make mention of inspections and maintenance. For example, Chapter 6 makes no mention of inspection of swinging fire-rated doors; Chapter 16 makes no mention of inspection and maintenance of access doors; and Chapter 17 does not make any mention of inspections and maintenance of fire windows.
In my view, and some individuals in the fire door inspection industry, Chapter 5 of NFPA 80 is applicable to the entirety of NFPA 80, unless an exception is specifically stated in NFPA 80.
18.104.22.168 This Chapter shall cover the inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire doors, fire shutters, fire windows, and opening protectives other than fire dampers and fabric fire safety curtains."
It appears that the only only exceptions to the inspection, testing, and maintenance requirements of Chapter 5 are fire dampers (Chapter 19) and fabric fire safety curtains (Chapter 20.)
If fire rated access doors (Chapter 16) were exempt from inspections, why aren't the specified mentioned in 22.214.171.124 along with "fire dampers (Chapter 19) and fabric fire safety curtains (Chapter 20)?
Wouldn't fire-rated access doors and fire-rated floor doors, as well as all other fire-rated opening protectivies, be included in 126.96.36.199 under "opening protectives"?
Now you are going to make me look at the book.
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Ok now that I have slowed down and re read the question,
My answer is still yes, something like a laundry chute door, or rated access panel, WON DOR.
Not sure why ""opening protective""" is not defined
Sorry I didn't realize you would be using the 2016 edition of NFPA 80. I picked the 2010 edition of NFPA 80 because its the reference edition of the 2012 NFPA 101 which is the federal compliance code for healthcare facilities. The 2018 NFPA 101 does reference the 2016 edition of NFPA 80.
The change is "opening protectives" was added. Opening protectives in fire barriers requirements are located In Section 8.3.3 of the 2018 NFPA 101. That section has requirements for fire doors, floor fire doors, fire windows, glazing, and sidelights and transoms. Access doors were not shown in the requirements of 8.3.3. By Chapter 5 of the 2016 NFPA 80, it appears no inspections of access doors required. However, the principal code does apply.
If I were to find a deficiency in an access door in a fire-resistant rated assembly using the 2018 NFPA 101, I would be citing the mandatory Sections 4.5.8, 188.8.131.52, and 184.108.40.206.
The provision of the code would be:
Under general penetrations of fire resistant rated assemblies.
Common typical deficiency statement I have frequently written would be:
Based on the observations and staff interview at 10:15 AM on 03/14/2018, the facility failed to maintain the access doors in accordance with Section 4.5.8, 220.127.116.11, 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124.3 of the 2018 NFPA 101.
The finding include;
The facility shall comply with NFPA 101 according with the following Section 126.96.36.199 by a plan of correction.
Let me know if this helps.
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