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Who has the authority to enforce NFPA 80?
With continued authority, AHJs will confirm that the inspections occurred by reviewing the documentation and verifying that the necessary corrective actions were taken to repair assemblies that were found to have deficiencies. The AHJ community will rely on the expertise of industry personnel to perform and document the inspections.
Who is responsible for the maintenance and care of fire-rated door assemblies?
Responsibility rests solidly on the shoulders of the building owners. The role of the inspector is to simply record and report the condition of the door assemblies to the owner. Owners will have to decide if, when, and what corrective actions will be taken; otherwise they will run the risk of being cited for violations by the AHJ.
What role does DHI play in the inspections?
DHI has created a training program that provides students with door, frame and hardware product and application knowledge. The program culminates in a 3-day training class that concentrates on NFPA 80’s inspection requirements (including proper documentation practices). This training is open to all interested parties.
Who else is involved in this program?
Intertek (through its Warnock Hersey Mark) has partnered with DHI to offer an additional certification as part of this program. Upon passing the FDAI class exam, individuals will be invited to enroll in Intertek’s “Fire Door Inspector” certification program. Underwriters Laboratories is currently working with DHI to develop a program that will also support NFPA 80’s requirements.
Who is creating awareness and a demand for this program?
The Foundation for the Advancement of Life Safety and Security has taken the lead with the fire service community to create awareness and educate officials on the importance of fire door assembly inspections and the role that these inspections play in life safety.
Based on NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors
And Other Opening Protectives (2007 edition), documented inspections for fire-rated door assemblies are now required on an annual basis. Chapter 5, “Care and Maintenance,” addresses the care and maintenance of fire doors and fire windows, both new and existing. As 5.2.1 states “Fire door assemblies shall be inspected and tested not less than annually”.