NFPA 551: Guide for the Evaluation of Fire Risk Assessments
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What is NFPA 551?
NFPA 551: Document Scope
1.1 Scope. This guide is intended to provide assistance, primarily to authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs), in evaluating the appropriateness and execution of a fire risk assessment (FRA) for a given fire safety problem. While this guide primarily addresses regulatory officials, it also is intended for others who review FRAs, such as insurance company representatives and building owners.
This guide provides assistance in evaluating the appropriateness and execution of a fire risk assessment (FRA) for a given fire safety problem. Official document scope
What does NFPA 551 address?
In addition to discussion of selection and application of the various types of fire risk methods and models, comprehensive coverage includes guidance on identifying stakeholders, the role of the AHJ, scope of the FRA, addressing uncertainty, cost-benefit analysis, information requirements, documentation, and review approaches and techniques. The importance of an operations and maintenance manual in conducting a fire risk assessment, and the importance of using checklists that address both likelihood and consequence are also covered.Table Of Contents.
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Report on Proposals (ROP)
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