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  • Congratulations

    ​Congratulations to our Fire and Life Safety Community members John Fellers as our new CSHEMA board Vice President and Ken Smith as our new At-Large Member. Our Fire and Life Safety COP is well represented at the highest levels. Thank you for your dedication ...

  • Sure thing. I have heard conflicting reports that the boiler technician pulled the pull station or that the alarm went off automatically after the first small explosion.  Maybe both?  As I understand it, sprinklers in the boiler room extinguished the ...

  • Wow! Glad to hear there were no casualties. I would be interested in learning more about the decision to evacuate and the whole process there. Possibly a technical session at the 2020 conference? Or webinar in the near future? Thanks Brock for sharing ...

  • I am sure many of you heard, but on Friday, July 5th there was a major natural gas explosion in one of our residence halls significantly damaging (though apparently not structurally) that building, an adjacent residence hall, and totally destroying the ...

  • All; We will see you at the annual conference! This meeting is cancelled. All; We will have Fire and Life Safety CoP conference calls to deal with our business. IU.zoom.us/j/838831820 ...

  • Sorry jurisdictions TIMOTHY J. LAROSE, PE Director, Marketing + Proposal Management 117 Metro Center Boulevard, Suite 1002, Warwick, RI 02886 O: +1 401-736-8992 x10009 | C: +1 401-935-6320 tlarose@jensenhughes.com ...

  • Are your justifications enforcing NFPA 241? TIMOTHY J. LAROSE, PE Director, Marketing + Proposal Management 117 Metro Center Boulevard, Suite 1002, Warwick, RI 02886 O: +1 401-736-8992 x10009 | C: +1 401-935-6320 tlarose@jensenhughes.com ...

  • We require that our Contractor's Safety Program be part of every contract that supports renovation or construction operations, so it is enforceable. We do orientations only periodically, but require our project managers to cover the expectations at every ...

  • Hi Thomas, Thank you for sharing your program details. Do you require a signed acknowledgement stating understanding and adherence to the university expectations, policies, and procedures from all who attend? What mechanisms do you have in place to ensure ...

  • Tom, Sounds like a great program. What prompted the implementation? Do you have any metrics you could share around before and after implementation, reduced safety violations or incidents? Tim TIMOTHY J. LAROSE, PE Director, ...

  • Chris, A few years ago I implemented a contractor safety orientation program.  All contractors working on campus must attend along with their subcontracts.  It is about a half hour presentation on what we expect from contractors working at BU. It covers ...

  • Good morning, I am interested in how your institutions handle the onboarding of contractors, subcontractors, and other service providers on campus. Are there any sort of on-site orientation, video, or other methods to communicate the safety and health ...

  • John, thanks for your suggestion. I'll follow up on it. If anyone is aware of best practices in this area or has anything else to add please advise. ------------------------------ Nate Smith Fire Safety Officer The Catholic University of America Washington, ...

  • Nate; I suggest connecting with the external reviewer to understand what standards they will use, then apply those.  Sort of like an internal audit. If you do a safety walkaround to US standards, and they apply Italy's standards, for instance, you might ...

  • UL Standards Panels

    Colleagues; While attending the NFPA national conference this week, I met Casey Granata with Underwriters Labs (UL).  He helps manage the standards panels – the technical experts who determine what a specific standard should require. He emphasized to ...

  • RE: Commissioning

    Thanks Nate! Our campus Fire Marshal James Rainer and his team put that document together and put a lot of effort into it over the years to get it to the point is today. James is also on the Board of Directors for the Center for Campus Fire Safety. I ...

  • Greetings,  I recently received a request from the Faculty Principal Investigator at The Catholic University of America to perform an internal preliminary safety inspection. An accredited engineering firm has been commissioned to do an external audit ...

  • RE: Commissioning

    Thanks for addressing this area of concern. I'm providing a document I've been working on for general plan review purposes and was particularly impressed with John's offering. It covers a much wider scope in a very detailed way.  I'll glean quite a bit ...

  • RE: Commissioning

    Thanks John for sharing with everyone. What I have done with your information is build a checklist for my guys to review prior to commission the system. My document should be viewed as a top tier overview document. I used the various individual test ...

  • RE: Commissioning

    Howdy all! Happy to share what we have in play at Texas A&M University. See document at the link below. Please feel free to reach out with any questions. https://ehs.tamu.edu/media/1601521/tamu-fire-safety-design-installation-acceptance-guide-for-fire-and-life-safety-systems-4-26-2018.pdf ...

  • RE: Commissioning

    Hey Mark, Got some input from our resource pool: The requirements are all system specific and are integrated into each separate document dealing with that system (e.g. fire alarm does not care about flushing out your underground piping). The NFPA ...

  • Commissioning

    ​​Has anyone developed a check sheet of what you require before you commission your fire and life safety systems? I'm thinking of items such as: the NFPA 24 underground flush and hydrostatic test certificate; the NFPA 13 hydrostatic test certificate, ...

  • I was in the meeting room for about 12 minutes.  Either I was in the wrong place, or this wasn't a good time. We probably need to think about succession planning. See you at the conference! ------------------------------ John DeLaHunt Risk & Life Safety ...

  • Colleagues; I confess that this one snuck up on me.  I will host it, but largely without an agenda. We will have Fire and Life Safety CoP conference calls to deal with our business. IU.zoom.us/j/838831820 We did execute the Small Colleges Q&A ...

  • Hi - We are in the process of updating the position description for our Fire Technician, and I wanted to see if anyone would be willing to share their Fire Technician position description.  Thanks Dave ------------------------------ Dave Mathe ...

  • Hi - We are in the process of updating the position description for our Fire Technician, and I wanted to see if anyone would be willing to share their Fire Technician position description.  Thanks Dave ------------------------------ Dave Mathe, ...

  • Hi Everyone, I wanted to send a reminder about the Small Colleges and Universities Community meeting tomorrow (Thursday, April 18) at 1:00pm EST. John DeLaHunt, leader of the Fire & Life Safety Community, will join us to answer your fire safety related ...

  • Happy to have you, Jeremy! John John DeLaHunt, MBA, ARM Risk and Life Safety Manager Environmental Health Safety and Risk Management The University of Texas at San Antonio SSB 1.104B/MC 05500 One UTSA Circle ...

  • Hi all,  If the role of 'code consultant' hasn't yet been filled we'd be glad to step in. RE:  Are fire doors required to compartmentalize a building? Facilities tell me that if the building is sprinkled, fire doors are not required. This truly ...

  • >>I have learned to expect an argument on the definition of "necessary."<< Sometimes it feels just like this classic skit ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohDB5gbtaEQ Jon ------Original Message------ I have ...

  • ​Who is responsible for flushing fire hydrants each year - the building owner, or the water company? Who should be notified when performing this test? Great question. Before you can answer this question you need to know who owns the water main. If the ...

  • I'll take this one: Fire Drills: If you do fire drills in the academic buildings how does that go over with the faculty? Usually not too poorly. Do you notify them in advance that you will be doing drills? The standard procedure is to provide ...

  • If we are moving the discussion away from the question of storage in electrical room to mechanical spaces I offer the following. The NFPA 1 handbook further explains that "The use of equipment rooms to store items, such as those needed for the ...

  • I have learned to expect an argument on the definition of "necessary." ------------------------------ John DeLaHunt Risk & Life Safety Manager University of Texas San Antonio San Antonio TX 210-458-4420 ------------------------------

  • Necessary for the equipment operation versus what is not. Jon Sent from my soup can on a string. ------Original Message------ About mechanical rooms (boiler rooms and electrical equipment rooms are easy to defend), I've been ...

  • About mechanical rooms (boiler rooms and electrical equipment rooms are easy to defend), I've been asked "What is combustible material, if not the filters that we have staged in the space for the upcoming maintenance cycle [2015 NFPA 1 10.18.5.2 - Materials ...

  • Thanks, John! ------Original Message------ I'll take this one: " Are there any specific requirements and/or limitations for storing items in electrical rooms?" NFPA 1 Fire Code (2018 ed) answers this question in Chapter 10 section 10.18.5. ...

  • I'll take this one: " Are there any specific requirements and/or limitations for storing items in electrical rooms?" NFPA 1 Fire Code (2018 ed) answers this question in Chapter 10 section 10.18.5. It states, " Combustible material shall not be ...

  • We will be in the Small College's chat room: https://connect.cshema.org/communities/community-home?CommunityKey=5e92014c-aa2a-4bcd-bbff-fe8e587e4305 ------------------------------ John DeLaHunt Risk & Life Safety Manager University of Texas San Antonio ...

  • Colleagues; We will be cross-calling for an hour with the Small Colleges Community of Practice on April 18, at 1:00 Easter/12  Central/11 Mountain/10 Pacific.  The format will be Ronnie Souza (COP chair for Small Colleges) kicking off, us answering the ...

  • The high-craft solution to this is to tie the wax pot power supply to an occupancy sensor. There are lots of lower-craft (and lower-cost) ways to do this that involve training and signs and thermostats and things of that nature. I misstated the pressure ...

  • Brian; I would read 2015 NFPA 30 chapter 13 (and chapter 14, if a hazmat locker) carefully.  If the building meets all the requirements of chapter 13, then one can read 13.10.1 as a "get out of sprinkler system free card." You might want to consider ...

  • RE: Refrigerants

    I'd also look at IFC 5801 exception 1.  They are pretty clearly excepting R290 from hazmat and directing it to IMC and 606 (which is cribbed from IMC). IMC 1104 indicates that a Machinery Room is required when propane amount exceeds 0.56 lbs/kcf in the ...

  • I'm trying to verify that fire suppression would not be required for an outdoor flammable liquids storage locker, far enough from an occupied building.  If I understand NFPA 30 correctly, outdoor flammable storage lockers do  not require automatic ...

  • RE: Refrigerants

    Hi Mark, I think we will all see propane (R-290) more often. It is cheap and the EPA has listed R-290 as an acceptable refrigerant substitute under its Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP). EPA also exempted R-290 from the venting prohibition in ...

  • Refrigerants

    ​For those of you who are ICC users am I reading Fire Code Section 606 correctly? I just found out my facilities department has started to replace the HCF refrigerants out with propane (R2990). Is section 606 telling us we are allowed to have up to 30 ...

  • Consider replacing the unit with one that doesn't have a "high" setting and/or has a timer that shuts it off? Jeff -- Jeff Lewin Chemical Safety Officer Compliance, Integrity, and Safety Environmental Health and Safety 322 Floor ...

  • From the dept. representative: Wax was the "fuel".  It is in the wax pot which is an electric burner with a pan of wax sitting on it.  Typically the students are supposed to turn it to low then wait while it melts then set the pot in the pan to wax ...

  • All; The March conference call did not take place as planned.  I was called away. We have one item of pressing business - supporting the Small College COP in their effort to schedule a cross-COP call with us.  One proposal is 3/20/19, but that time ...

  • Before requiring a fire extinguisher, it is crucial to know what actually burned.  Everything in a kiln is rock or metal, so it's difficult to know what was the fuel.  If it was the metal, then disconnecting the power is the right answer.  Unless it was ...