Question regarding the interpretation of NFPA 96, Chapter 1 – applied as a united whole.
With regard to the intended application of the standard, one assumes that it is first and foremost the responsibility of the owner to ensure compliance. However, we see the industry piecemealing the standard with some doing extinguisher maintenance, some doing duct cleaning etc etc… It is unclear in some cases as to who is actually testing the micro-switch to activate the Fire Alarm depending on company and region.
With the above in mind, is it incumbent upon the service companies to advise the owner/agent that all work is to be done in conformance to NFPA 96? Further, would it be incumbent on the service company to do the Inspection, Testing and Maintenance (ITM) on the entire hood, duct and extinguishing system as a united whole rather than separate companies doing ‘their thing’ as it were.
I have in the past been advised by industry providers that they specifically identify they ONLY do the extinguishing system ITM, or they ONLY do duct cleaning, but how does that comply with the ‘applied as a united whole’?