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Upcoming Webinars:

Fire and Smoke Door Requirements

Please join Lennon Peake, PE, and Allison Ellis, P.E., as they present a live webinar on Thursday, February 16th at 2:00pm EST.

Are you prepared for annual fire door inspections? The recent adoption of the 2012 edition of NFPA 101 requires an annual documented inspection for fire doors. This webinar will focus on the requirements for fire and smoke doors based on NFPA 80 and NFPA 105, including requirements for self-closers, latches, frames, labels, kick plates, and clearances. Attendees will also learn how to use life safety plans to aid in the door inventory and inspection process.

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Webinars You May Have Missed:

If you missed our previous Webinars: click on the appropriate topic to link to the recording and the Q&As:

Automatic Fire Alarm Association 2016 Webinar Series - Fire & Life Safety Code Changes by CMS for Healthcare

Bill Koffel, FSFPE, PE, presented a live webinar on behalf of SIEMENS, on Friday, September 23rd at 1:00pm EST.

Effective July 5, 2016, the 2012 Edition of NFPA 101® and the 2010 Edition of NFPA 72 will apply to all health care facilities participation in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement programs. What impact will the new standards have on facilities that were previously required to comply with the 2000 Edition of NFPA 101 (and the 1999 Edition of NFPA 72)? The webinar focused on the fire alarm system requirements, and related inspection, testing, and maintenance requirements for health care facilities. In addition, the webinar presented an analysis prepared by the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE) regarding findings cited by The Joint Commission and identify ways in which fire alarm contractors can partner with their health care clients to address those findings.

CMS Adoption of the 2012 Edition of NFPA 99 and What It Means for Health Care Facilities

Bill Koffel, FSFPE, PE, and Sharon Gilyeat, P.E., presented a live webinar on behalf of ASHE, on Thursday, September 15th at 1:00pm EST.

For the first time, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is considering the adoption of the NFPA 99. In the past, portions of NFPA 99 were adopted by references in NFPA 101. The webinar explained how this more comprehensive adoption of the 2012 Edition of NFPA 99 impacts both new and existing health care facilities. The 2012 Edition of NFPA 99 requires a risk based approach in applying the requirements. This webinar explained how to prepare the risk assessment and suggested tools and resources to assist in preparing the risk assessment. CMS has also proposed modifications to certain requirements in the 2012 Edition of NFPA 99, and these were addressed in detail.


Chapter 43 of NFPA 101 and Its Impact on Health Care Facilities

Bill Koffel, FSFPE, P.E., presented a live webinar on behalf of ASHE, on Wednesday, August 10th at 1:00pm EDT.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is considering the adoption of the 2012 Edition of NFPA 101. The 2012 Edition contains a new chapter on rehabilitation projects in existing buildings. Chapter 43 covers repairs, renovations, modifications, reconstruction, change of use, and change of occupancy classification projects. With the amount of work that goes on in existing hospitals, one needs to have a thorough understanding of the impact that Chapter 43 will have on such projects.


IBC Chapter 10: Means of Egress

Bill Koffel, FSFPE, P.E., presented on behalf of Lorman, live Friday, June 24th at 1:00 - 2:30pm EDT. Bill discussed designing the means of egress for buildings and providing life safety for the occupants.  He identified the significant requirements of Chapter 10 and related sections of the IBC.

Reference Standards in the 2012 Edition of NFPA 101® and Their Impact on the Operation of Health Care Facilities

Mark Aaby, P.E., presented a live webinar on behalf of ASHE, on Wednesday, May 18th at 1:00pm EDT.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is considering the adoption of the 2012 Edition of NFPA 101. NFPA 101 contains numerous reference standards that impact the operation of health care facilities. Significant changes in the reference standards in the 2012 Edition, as compared to the 2000 Edition, include sprinkler protection in patient room closets; bracing and restraint of fire protection piping, inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire protection systems; antifreeze in fire protection systems; mass notification systems; required inspections of fire doors; and glazing in wood fire doors.

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Locking Arrangement Requirements of NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code® 2015 Edition and the International Building Code 2015 Edition

Lennon Peake, P.E., presented a live webinar on Wednesday, April 27th at 12:00pm EDT, and detailed the locking arrangement requirements, with a focus on health care occpuancies, of NFPA 101, Life Safety Code 2015 Edition and the International Building Code 2015 Edition.

Registration is closed at this time

The 2012 Edition of NFPA 101® and Its Impact on New Health Care Facilities

Bill Koffel, FSFPE, P.E., and Sarina Hart, P.E., presented a live webinar on behalf of ASHE on The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is considering the adoption of the 2012 edition of NFPA 101. This webinar highlighted the impact of the 2012 edition of NFPA 101 will have on new health care facilities and the rationale behind the changes from the 2000 edition. In addition to the changes covered by the categorical waiver process, some of the changes that were discussed included requirements for separating multiple occupancies, normally unoccupied building service areas, elevators for occupant-controlled evacuation, labels for fire-rated glazing, fire resistant joint systems, interior finish test requirements, and common path of travel requirements.

Registration is closed for this webinar

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!   Smoke Control System Overview (90 minutes)

If you need a refresher on Smoke Control System Requirements, this webinar is for you!!!

Listen as Erik Anderson, P.E. and his colleague, Nick Sealover, P.E., provided a 90-minute review of Smoke Control System Requirements per NFPA 92, including zoned smoke control, stair pressurization, atrium smoke management, design objectives, approaches, and testing that the codes require; and how to meet these requirements.

To view a recording of this webinar click here.

If you registered for the webinar you can view the recording by using the link in the email that you received after you registered.

 

2012 Life Safety Webinar Series:  The 2012 Edition of NFPA 101® and Its Impact on Existing Health Care Facilities

If you want to understand the impact the 2012 edition of NFPA 101® will have on existing health care facilities, this webinar is for you!!!

William E. Koffel, P.E., FSFPE, and Lennon A. Peake, P.E,  presented a live webinar on behalf of ASHE, on Wednesday, February 24th at 1:00pm EST.  He helped attendees gain an understanding of the impact the 2012 edition of NFPA 101 will have on existing health care facilities.

Registration is closed for this webinar


NFPA Life Safety Code®
and Building Design (90 minutes)

If you you have questions about The Life Safety Code® and Building Design, this webinar is for you!!!

William E. Koffel, P.E., FSFPE, presented a live webinar on February 12th on The Life Safety Code and Building Design. He demonstrated how to avoid costly design mistakes and gain a complete understanding of how to navigate The NFPA Life Safety Code.

NFPA Life Safety Code® and Building Design Brochure


How To Recommend Changes to a NFPA Code or Standard (60 minutes)

If you have questions on Fire Doors and Windows, this webinar is for you!!!

Do you have ideas on how to improve an NFPA code or standard?
Not sure how to submit a proposed change? This webinar was designed to alleviate your fears, allow you to participate in the process, and help those interested in recommending changes to any NFPA code or standard. NFPA 99 and NFPA 101® were used as guide documents.

Due to technical difficulties, there is not a recording of this webinar.


NFPA 80 - Fire Doors and Windows (90 minutes)

If you you have questions on Fire Doors and Windows, this webinar is for you!!!

William E. Koffel, P.E., FSFPE, a member of the NFPA Technical Committee on Fire Doors and Windows, along with Lennon A. Peake, P.E., an experienced surveyor of health care facilities, addressed the requirements in the 2010 Edition of NFPA 80, which will be enforced when CMS adopts the 2012 Edition of NFPA 101.  More recent changes, found in the 2013 and 2016 Editions, were discussed.  The program addressed the different types of fire doors, along with some of the common compliance problems with each type.  The inspection and testing requirements for each type of fire door were also discussed.  Architects and Building Owners will find this useful since most every building has fire doors.

NFPA 80 - Fire doors and Windows Webinar - Recording

Overview of Fire Pumps and Water Storage Tanks

If you you have questions on Fire Pumps or Water Storage Tanks, this overview is for you!

Watch and listen as Steve Welsh, P.E. presented a webinar on the installation methodology per the requirements of NFPA 20: “Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection,” 2013 Edition, and NFPA 22: “Standard for Water Tanks for Private Fire Protection,” 2013 Edition. Learn more about installation, basic on-site deficiencies and how to coordinate with other trades. Take advantage of Koffel Associates’ expert-led online training.

Overview of Fire Pumps and Water Storage Tanks - Handout
Overview of Fire Pumps and Water Storage Tanks - Recording


NFPA 92 Smoke Control Requirements

Our 90-minute webinar highlighted an in-depth review of Smoke Control System requirements per NFPA 92, including zoned smoke control, stair pressurization, and atrium smoke management. Erik Anderson, and his associate Nick Sealover, reviewed the considerations that apply to the design, installation, and testing of these systems. They covered the design objectives, various approaches, and different system types that the codes require and how to meet these requirements.

NFPA 92 Smoke Control Requirements - Handout
NFPA 92 Smoke Control Requirements - Recording


How Can My Healthcare Facility Benefit from the CMS Survey and Certification Changes?

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), working with interested parties including The Joint Commission (TJC) and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), updated policies have been updated regarding the following:

  • Medical Gas Master Alarms
  • Openings in Exit Enclosures
  • Emergency Generators and Standby Power Systems
  • Door Locking Arrangements
  • Suite Requirements
  • Extinguishing Requirements
  • Waste and Patient Record Recycling Containers

How Can My Healthcare Facility Benefit from the CMS Survey and Certification Changes? - Handout


Means of Egress Changes to 2012 IBC and 2012 NFPA 101®, The Life Safety Code®

If your work involves the design and/or construction of means of egress in the built environment and you want to maintain your knowledge and edge in this competitive marketplace, this overview of changes to means of egress is for you. Our 60-minute webinar highlighted the significant changes in means of egress from the 2009 to 2012 editions of both the International Building Code (IBC) and NFPA 101 Life Safety Code.

Means of Egress Changes to 2012 IBC and 2012 NFPA 101®, The Life Safety Code® - Q&A.

NFPA 101 2012 Edition with Maryland Amendments

On January 1, 2013, the 2012 Edition of NFPA 101® became effective in Maryland. Our 90-minute webinar highlighted the significant differences from the 2009 to 2012 Edition, for all occupancies, as well as changes made by the State during the adoption process.

NFPA 101 2012 Edition with Maryland Amendments - Q&A.

NFPA 1 2012 Edition with Maryland Amendments

On January 1, 2013, the 2012 Edition of NFPA 1 became effective in Maryland.  Our 90-minute webinar highlighted the significant differences from the 2009 to 2012 Edition, as well as changes made by the State during the adoption process.  The webinar did not discuss the changes related to NFPA 101 which was the topic of the March 4, 2013 webinar.

NFPA 1 2012 Edition with Maryland Amendments - Q&A.