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  • Many cool dust explosion videos are part of the training courses. Timothy J. Larose, PE Director, Capture + Proposals 117 Metro Center Boulevard, Suite 1002, Warwick, RI 02886 O: +1 401-736-8992 x10009 | C: +1 401-935-6320 ...

  • As an FYI we have several courses on Combustible Dusts at JensenHughesAcademy.com. Most courses start at around $29/hour. Timothy J. Larose, PE Director, Capture + Proposals 117 Metro Center Boulevard, Suite 1002, ...

  • If you're ever looking for dramatic video to get people's attention on dust explosions, this is my go-to video. Jeff https://www.csb.gov/videos/inferno-dust-explosion-at-imperial-sugar/ -- Jeff Lewin Chemical Safety Officer Research ...

  • Hi Erin, While this is not an answer to all of your questions below, one document that might provide you with some good information toward establishing when housekeeping should take place is FM Global Data Sheet 7-76, Prevention and Mitigation of Combustible ...

  • Dust Accumulations

    Hello All! We have two spaces that are dedicated to wood working; Theatre's scene shop and Interior Architecture's wood shop.  Both have dust collection systems, but inevitably sawdust will build on elevated surfaces.  So, a few questions: Outside ...

  • Good morning John, At Trinity University we use the Firebug by General Data.  It can be customized for tracking many different assets but currently I use it for FE and AED tracking.  We have been using it here for 2 year and it is definitely a benefit ...

  • Hi John, In efforts to improve efficiency, we have spent the last year researching and demoing several programs for this exact purpose. We are currently in the beginning process of implementing Asset Panda for inventory and inspection tracking for our ...

  • ​We use a company called Building Reports, its a barcode based product. You can use a phone's camera to do the scanning. It creates a really nice report, and they have a special one for hospitals too. The really nice feature is mapping, you can upload ...

  • Howdy FLS CoP! At TAMU we have been using the Inspect-N-Track software to inventory, inspect, and yes...track fire extinguishers for maintenance etc. We recently were notified that this company will no longer be supporting this software and we are going ...

  • I agree with Mark and Zack get rid of any old asbestos-containing curtains. Ages ago, a school client ended up closing their stage/audience space due to contamination from an old ACM curtain coming down. Have it professionally removed before you end ...

  • NFPA requires the fire safety curtain be closed at all times except when the stage is being used. Emergency operation must be verified by the owner every 90 days, and the rigging system has to be inspected annually. We outsource the annual tests, as ...

  • The testing a fire curtains can be found in NFPA 80. I'm assuming this fire curtain is protecting a proscenium opening and depending on which version of NFPA you need to comply with, but it appears the testing frequency is every 90 days, for at least ...

  • Good Afternoon, I recently found out that the theater department has been testing the asbestos fire curtain in the auditorium twice a year.  Is this the correct testing requirements?   Is it typically done by the theater department?  I'm thinking that ...

  • Thanks for your continued reporting on this event, Brock. I agree with others in that it is miraculous there were no casualties. I'd also echo the value of sharing lessons learned via AAR/PIA summary. Excellent work by UNR in establishing relationships ...

  • Safer Buildings Coalition for: LIFE SAFETY PRESENTATION CCFS President Justin Daniels is Keynote Speaker When: Monday 8/12 Where: UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO STUDENT UNION (BLDG. #60) BALLROOM C, ALBUQUERQUE, NM 87131 Time: 7:30-8:30AM MDT: MEET & GREET/BREAKFAST ...

  • AFAA and the University of Maryland present a Special Training Program: Fire Alarms and the Code. • This program includes five short courses for the fire alarm industry that explain the roles, relationships and requirements of building codes, fire codes, ...

  • This is an amazing story. I'm also glad to know there were no casualties. Someone is truly smiling on you guys. It's always a good idea to do some after action reporting for these kinds of incidences. I'm sure your findings will be very useful to the ...

  • For those following, our community has come together to provide a housing solution for the 1,300 displaced and the university has come up with a plan to feed students who were relying on the dining commons (thanks to Emory University!). https://www.unr.edu/nevada-today/news/2019/wolf-pack-tower ...

  • 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 ...