Are there classes/ certifications for field labeling( Rated Door frames/ Rated doors) ? If so can you point me in the right directions. Thanks
I want to say no.
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I have discovered fire doors being labeled by health care facility staff for the correction of a deficiency written by the state. During a followup inspection the facility did not have documentation the labeling was done by an accredited field labeling agency. Observations during the follow up revealed the label with holes for the staple type fasteners and distressed metal in the label that it could have been removed at sometime. Interview with the staff revealed they were not aware of the requirements and assumed the label as attached was suffice for the compliance with NFPA 80.
Fire Door Labeling. ISO/IEC 17020 Accredited Field Labeling.
There would seem to be a conflict of interest if a facility, in compliance with NFPA 80, develops an IAS-accredited inspection agency to do just their own fire door labeling.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could just take a class—just do the labeling, supervise the work and a say the fire doors meet NFPA 80?
But the law complicates things—and with good reason, of course. We apply for construction permits, inspections and certificates of occupancy for new construction and alterations. And our work requires review, during the design and construction, by an “authority having jurisdiction” (AHJ).
The eligibility requirements of ISO/IEC 17020 Accredited Field Labeling are accreditation services are available to bodies that provide inspection services (such as Intertek).
Inspection Agencies must demonstrate compliance with the following requirements:
This formal interpretation may help.
Forgive me for my incredulity. I will expand this topic to include the enforcement of the Life Safety Code as in my opinion the narrow use of NFPA 80 requires an expansion of the topic to that of the building safety codes that directly references compliance to NFPA 80. You may be making the mistake of prematurely diving into the installation standards (NFPA 80) before checking the Life Safety Code or ICC Code for an existing building to see if the occupancy requires when to do the fire barriers and the protection of its openings.
Before the decision to label the doors, first one should consider the intent of the Life Safety Code
The Annex A of the 2018 Life Code Safety clarifies the intent for every door. TJC has suggested removal of the label if a fire door was not required by the Life Safety Code. The decision to label a door should be based on the Life Safety Code requirements for health care occupancies that has a direct reference from other Sections of the Life Safety Code to Section 8.3. An accurately labeled life safety plan of the facility is a great help for the inspectors and facility managers. However, it should be verified against the health care occupancies direct references to Section 8.3 not the design intent of the Architect. It should be revised to reflect the minimum requirements of the Life Safety Code for new construction and existing buildings for the 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code adopted by the AHJ (CMS or state). The consequences of not doing the analysis accurately may have an impact on the maintenance budget. To me using a life safety plan that used the previous 2000 Life Safety Code would be counter productive and add confusion to the AHJ inspections.
I have reviewed several rehabilitation projects that revised the life safety plan to the 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code where the objective was to lower the maintenance budget and mitigate deficiencies. Any life safety plan revision should be reviewed and approved by the state AHJ as a rehabilitation work in the building.
2018 Life Safety Code:
18.104.22.168* Existing life safety features that exceed the requirements for new buildings shall be permitted to be decreased to those required for new buildings.
22.214.171.124* Existing life safety features that do not meet the requirements for new buildings, but that exceed the requirements for existing buildings, shall not be further diminished.
126.96.36.199 No existing life safety feature shall be removed or reduced where such feature is a requirement for new construction.
188.8.131.52* Existing life safety features obvious to the public, if not required by the Code, shall be either maintained or removed.
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