Fire and Life Safety

  • Hi folks! I am excited to reconvene on November 11th at 3pm CST. We will be joined by the Fire and Life Community of Practice, @Jake Zlomie and @Caleb Thomas ! Please remember to submit your fire and life safety related questions before the session! ...

  • Hi Performing Arts CoP! Last time we met there was quite a bit of discussion on Fire and Life safety. I've talked with the new leaders of the Fire and Life Safety CoP, @Caleb Thomas and @Jake Zlomie  and they will be joining us for our next meeting ...

  • I wonder whether the manufacturers have tested cabinets with materials stored atop them.  I can imagine that a 6" long single thread of rebar would not significantly degrade performance, but six hundred pounds of gun cotton soaked in kerosene would.  ...

  • All; In case you missed it, the ED changed the implied regulatory requirements for Clery (timely warning) and HEOA (campus fire safety right to know), doing away with the interpretive language in the 2016 Handbook and replacing it with language that ...

  • Hi Steve, Just throwing in the NFPA 101 requirements here. These can be found in NFPA 101 Life Safety Code (2018 ed.) Chapter 8 section 8.7.3.3 8.7.3.3   *   Alcohol-Based Hand-Rub Dispensers. Where permitted by Chapters 11 through 43 ...

  • Thanks Megan and everyone for your responses. I'm not that familiar with the code so your assistance and advice is greatly appreciated! Sincerely Steve

  • Hey John, We can help you out with that one. Desktop review of the equipment and existing conditions can help inform major requirements for the space and then back check once operational to confirm administrative controls. We've done around a dozen ...

  • Dennis; We will have an IH/OHS element of our review, but we think it's secondary to getting the space built to suit the machine. So, yes, we will be assessing hex chrome and others (vanadium, it turns out, is in a lot of these alloys). ...

  • John, While your assessing the dust hazard are you asking your IH about the potential for Cr6+ exposures from stainless steel? I look forward to the tech session. Thanks, Dennis Dennis C. Elmore, MPH CIH CSP Director, Environmental ...

  • Colleagues; We just came into an industrial grade 3D metal printer that can built parts out of powdered stainless steel, aluminum, or titanium (not all at once), by fusing the powder onto the part using a 400 W class IV laser.  Very cool. However, fire ...

  • Phones in labs

    Hi, Our current PBX phone system is on its last legs and is being changed over to the Teams system. I am on a sub-group dealing with emergency phones, and the question of what kind of emergency communication is needed in labs has come up. Currently we ...

  • Steve, IFC Section 5705.5 (alcohol-based hand rubs) only applies to wall mounted hand sanitizer, though there is useful guidance about placement, assuring that excess fluid does not accumulate, etc.... What you describe is regulated as Class IB flammable ...

  • Hi Steve, Interesting and definitely a timely question... If you are looking in the IFC section 5705.5 addresses alcohol based hand rubs that are Class I or II liquids. We are seeing similar challenges with the additional sanitizers being ...

  • Well if you use the ICC Family of Codes I'd immediately go to the Fire Code Chapter 50Table 5003 and identify they are over their allowable MAQ ------------------------------ Mark Cavanaugh EH&S Director University of Rochester Rochester NY 585-275-8412 ...

  • We received an interesting request from our atheltics department. They would like to set up Hand Sanitizer dispensing stations at the Football Stadium (on concourse and ramps). The stations would consist of a 55 gallon drum containing 75% ethanol based ...

  • Hey Jeff, NFPA 30 Section 9.5 covers flammable liquid cabinets, but is silent on your question. IFC 2015 Sections 5003.8.7 / 5704.3.2 on hazmat storage cabinets are also silent on your question. Probably the closest you'll get in NFPA 30 is in Chapter ...

  • One of our lab inspection questions is worded: " Flammables are stored in an unmodified flammable cabinet when required. Storage does not exceed cabinet capacity. Nothing is stored on top of a free-standing cabinet." I'm looking for documentation (NFPA, ...

  • COP leadership

    Colleagues; I am very pleased to announce that the leadership of the Fire and Life Safety Community of Practice will be shared by Jake Zlomie (Montana State University) and Caleb Thomas (Oregon Health and Science University). I am delighted at this ...

  • Hi John, I know that you sent this a few weeks ago... but just wanted to see if you had any luck finding someone or if you were still looking for someone to help out. Thanks, Jake Zlomie , CFPS University Fire ...

  • All; Because of the results of CSHEMA leadership elections, I will be unable to serve as Fire and Life Safety COP lead until July, 2023 at the earliest. I am seeking nominations/volunteers for COP Lead/Co-lead, with the following understandings: ...

  • As John suggested the CCFS material is a great resource. Most notably the Seton Hall fire burn victims Alvaro and Shawn have a powerful message in their videos and presentation. TIMOTHY J. LAROSE, PE Senior Engineer 117 Metro ...

  • Hi Jody,  Check out  http://igot2kno.org/home It is a website created by the People's Burn Foundation in Indianapolis. The website has some great material with interactive fire safety material and videos for College Students.  Also the Center for Campus ...

  • Good evening  Does anyone have any videos or educational materials that you use as part of judicial actions when students violate codes, safety standards and terms and conditions of their housing contracts.  When we have students that are found ...

  • Hi all, I wanted to share a free Webinar with you all https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/m?oeidk=a07eh6qcgjkc9203c6f&oseq=&c=&ch= Regards Tim

  • Greetings Michael, I think your approach is solid. Incorporation of face masks and establishing social distancing at assembly points is important. We also establish a long-term location such as a near by Dining Facility or Student Center during ...

  • Hello Everyone, We have the same situation here at GCU.  Our department is responsible for the fire drills for all buildings, including the residence halls.  We have 24 residence halls and typically we complete the fire drills within the first 10 days ...

  • RE: NOVEC 1230

    Jody, I have worked with many universities on agent selection based on goals and preferences. In general the Novec 1230 agent has a much better (lower) environmental impact compared to similar agents such as FM-200, in particular the GWP. There ...

  • NOVEC 1230

    I am wondering if anyone has experience with Clean agent NOVEC 1230 and if you have a system in operation? Can you speak to failures, long term environmental implications, volume vs Halon (more vs less to accomplish suppression, ongoing system maintenance ...

  • Nate, I am passing along the attached for some guidance on your questions. Kevin McSweeney sent this out on the CCFS listserv yesterday. I am sure he would not mind my sharing it here. There is some specific language for his university included, but ...

  • Hey John thanks for the update. I'm wondering if you could help me with emergency drill procedures in light of the current covid-19 issues. How are you guys handling this procedure in general. We are considering virtual training without actual drill procedures, ...

  • The info below was forwarded to me and included in an email from the AFAA. Passing it on to you all. "Below you will find a link to the Edwards website as well as the link to the Consumer Products Safety Council (CPSC). These devices have been installed ...

  • FYI - Updated information regarding this year's NFPA Technical Meeting is now posted at the following link: nfpa.org/2020techsession. The Technical Meeting runs June 8-19, 2020, and is being held in an electronic format this year. Please check the link ...

  • Hello, We did do fire drills in the two residence halls that still have students in them, as well as in the building housing most of the required personnel on campus this spring. The reason we did them is because fire issues remain a hazard when people ...

  • We just had that question pop up, and have been thinking about this a little since. My thoughts were: Overall the risk to the building has not changed. Finding ways to duplicate the experience of the fire drill and familiarize students with ...

  • Thanks for the post John. We are in the process of info-gathering and discussion about how we can proceed. I believe that in light of all the social implications and need for distancing, that drills cannot be performed without manageable controls. Having ...

  • All, Good topic as I have pondered what this might look like for the fall semester and beyond. We also provide fire safety training for the Community Advisors (RAs) in early August each year. That is also up in the air at well at this point. ...

  • Greetings John, et All, This whole thing is like starting over.  Education of the campus community will be a task that's needed before fire alarms start sounding in buildings.  Items such as social distancing at meeting points, areas of refuge, etc.will ...

  • Howdy Fire and Life Safety CoP! I am wondering if anyone has given thought to conducting fire evacuation drills once folks are back on campus. Will you do them? If yes, will you do them as you normally would, or will there be any precautions taken/modifications ...

  • The storage should be in accordance with the requirements of NFPA 30. Storage will need to be in a control area enclosed by 1hr fire barriers (floors and walls) if on floors 1 thru 3. Above the 3rd floor control areas must have 2hr separation. ...

  • Fire Safety and ABHS

    Hello All, The University is in the process of purchasing alcohol based hand sanitizer in bulk for the campus community. My current issue is that the recommended area that's large enough is not covered by an automatic sprinkler system. Can anyone provide ...

  • Hello All! I've been tasked with creating an FAQ or guide, in essence predicting questions or issues that may arise from work units returning back to the workplace; specifically general office settings.  Since this scenario is without precedent, I'm ...

  • All,  While in the midst of COVID-19, I realize that the special events as our institutions may shift from what we have typically seen. I have a few questions on what your institution does in terms of special events, and what your work flow looks like:  ...

  • John, Shoot me your questions, I have done a few. Matt Matthew Schumacher, M.S, CFPS, CSP, IAAI-CFI Director of Fire and Occupational Safety/ Fire Marshal UT Southwestern Medical Center 1931 Chattanooga Place., Dallas, Texas 75390 ...

  • Colleagues; We are engaging with a newish requirement in IFC 510 to install a distributed antenna system for emergency responder coverage. We are currently evaluating installation in a four-story metal stud framed residence hall, currently under construction ...

  • Hi Jake, At Weill Cornell Medicine we use the Service Now system to create a work ticket for all of our Fire Alarm, Residential smoke detector activation's and reports of fires at all of our buildings.  Generally, we are notified by Security via radio ...

  • I expect your state fire marshal should have a report format, and so should the city. John ------------------------------ John DeLaHunt Risk & Life Safety Manager University of Texas San Antonio San Antonio TX 210-458-4420 ------------------------- ...

  • All, We had a small dumpster fire on our campus over the weekend. One of the items that I would like to develop to better document these events is an incident report. Does anyone have one that they are willing to share or a good template to build from?  ...

  • Good insight Jake...thanks for sharing. I agree that social distancing protocols shouldn't be to hard to exercise given that FA panels, pumps, valves, etc are typically located in mechanical rooms or areas in the buildings which have restricted access ...

  • Scott, For now we are planning on maintaining our current ITM schedule and conducting those inspections with appropriate precautions and safeguards. Right now our vendor, Johnson Controls, is still operating as normal. The challenging part ...

  • Thanks for sharing John as this is a timely topic. I have been asked to evaluate our ITM program for fire and life safety systems on campus and determine whether temporarily modifications can be made. Is anyone making any temporary changes to their ITM ...