NFPA’s reputation for professional integrity
In October, I was the keynote speaker at China Fire 2004 in
A week later, I went to
You already know that NFPA is an international organization. We produce codes and standards that are used globally, and our influence in other countries is growing. I also want you to know why those working so hard to make their countries safer want to associate themselves with NFPA. They want to use our codes and standards and to avail themselves of our educational opportunities because of our reputation for integrity.
NFPA is influential in the
Around the world, even where there is not always a detailed understanding of how our process works, there is an understanding that NFPA’s code and standards are the product of an honest process committed to achieving consensus on the right answers to fire-safety problems.
I have written before about the Internet’s threat to NFPA. We are concerned that the ability to rapidly disseminate our information will erode our revenue base. But we also see the Internet as a fantastic way of fulfilling our mission. After all, our mission is all about getting important life-saving information into the hands of those who can put it to use.
The Internet has already provided NFPA with the means for people who can’t attend our meetings or participate on our technical committees to learn more about who we are and how we operate. They can follow our process as documents are developed. They can submit comments and proposals in a timely fashion, and they can join a community committed to the same safety mission.
It’s clear that the more people who are given the opportunity to witness our process, the more NFPA will be recognized for its professional integrity. And everything we do to advance NFPA’s safety mission, from the promotion of our codes and standards to our professional development and public education programs, depends on maintaining that reputation in everything we do.
In this Section:
NFPA 72® and homeland security issues
Ashes destroy home
NFPA's reputation for professional integrity
30 years of international sprinkler product standards
Alarm system acceptance testing
|Ins and Outs
NFPA 1600 compliance workshops
NFPA 150: New life for an old document
|On the Agenda
Charlotte Facility Safety Compliance Conference
Addressing everyone's life-safety needs
Risk versus benefit analysis