M03 NFPA 99 2012 Risk Categories — What They Are and Examples of Their Use  (PDF, 188 KB)
Presenter(s): Michael  Crowley, Rolf Jensen & Assoicates
The 2012 edition of NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code, introduced the concept of risk categories to the Code. This session will review the categories, discuss their use, and demonstrate methods of evaluating the risk category.
Sponsor: Health Care Section 

M04 ­Emergency Power Standards for Health Care Under the 2012 Codes (PDF, 2.4 MB)
Presenter(s): David Stymiest, Smith Seckman Reid, Inc.
Given by the NFPA 110/111 Chairman, this session discusses changes to NFPA 110, Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems, and NFPA 111, Standard on Stored Electrical Energy Emergency and Standby Power Systems, that can affect both future accreditation activities and emergency power reliability. Major differences between the pre-2000 editions currently referenced and the 2010 editions referenced by both NFPA 101®-2012 and NFPA 99-2012 will be highlighted. Clarifications and new information in the 2013 editions are also covered to assist health care facilities in complying with the 2012 Life Safety Code® as well as newer building codes.
Sponsors: Electrical Section, Health Care Section 

M07 ­HazCom 2012 Changes — What and When 
Presenter(s): Maureen Ruskin, U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA 
The OSHA Hazard Communication regulation (sometimes known as the “worker right-to-know” law) provides workers with essential information on the physical, chemical, and health hazards associated with materials in their workplace. The information is presented through labeling, training, and the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). Changes to this important regulation incorporate a globally accepted system for classifying hazardous chemicals and documenting those classifications through a system of labeling and reporting using an updated safety data sheet (SDS). This session reviews the changes and describes initiatives developed and implemented by OSHA to assist employers and employees with the transition to this new global system.
Sponsor: Industrial Fire Protection Section 

M13 ­Selection and Development of a Greenfield Manufacturing Site (PDF, 8 MB)
Presenter(s): Henry Budesky and Joan Paquet, Ford Motor Company 
There are many factors to be considered in the selection of a large manufacturing site. Some of these factors include community infrastructure and natural hazards such as earthquake, flood, and wind storm. Once the site is selected, agreement must be reached on code compliance with local officials. Once construction starts, the health and safety of the construction team is an important factor in assuring a successful project.
Sponsors: Industrial Fire Protection Section 

M14 ­Case Study: One Approach to Combustible Dust Explosion Protection Using ATEX and NFPA (PDF, 648 KB)
Presenter(s): Johannes Lottermann, REMBE, Inc.
A case study will be presented that illustrates the proper approach to combustible dust explosion protection of an enclosure/process in a manufacturing facility. Much of the venting and isolation equipment used for comdust protection in the U.S. is ATEX approved. Yet, NFPA standards are used to determine what equipment is required. This session will highlight one approach to protection and will discuss both ATEX and NFPA standards. The similarities and differences as well as the value of ATEX approval will be explained. The session will also explain the need for following NFPA standards. At the end of this session, attendees will have a much better understanding of the value of ATEX approval and the necessity of following the NFPA standards.

M18 ­The Benefits of Your Community Adopting the Most Current NEC® 
Presenter(s): Alan Manche, Schneider Electric; Jeffrey Sargent, NFPA 
Safety Codes & Standards are vital to the safety of our communities. They are critical in driving the country’s infrastructure, safety, new construction, and even modifications to current infrastructure where modernization is taking place. The demands for these codes to address alternative fuels, more efficient construction techniques, “smart” infrastructure, enhancements in safety technology, and operational efficiency across the infrastructure, including homes, commercial buildings, and industrial operations, continues to be apparent across numerous Codes & Standards. The formation of the Coalition for Current Safety Codes sets the stage for communicating, educating, and advocating the importance for communities to adopt and enforce the most current safety Codes & Standards. This session will focus on the adoption of the National Electrical Code, but the discussion is germane to the adoption other many other Codes & Standards.
Sponsor: Fire Science and Technology Educators Section 

M20 Fire and Smoke Barrier Continuity & Firestopping 
Presenter(s): William Koffel, Koffel Associates, Inc; William McHugh, Firestop Contractors International Association
Firestopping of penetrations and joints has been in codes for over 30 years. To build quality of installations, the Firestop Contractors International Association has developed a "DIIM" Strategy for installed firestop systems. Learn what standards are used for qualifying installing contractor and inspection agency firms, individuals, plus standards used for inspection. Learn what the code says about the building owner and manager's maintenance responsibilities.

M22 ­NFPA 1033: Practical Application and Updates (PDF, 520 KB)
Track(s): Codes & Standards, Fire & Emergency Services
Presenter(s): George Wendt, Travelers Insurance Company 
This session will provide an update on the changes to the new edition of NFPA 1033, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator, as well as provide information as to how the document can be used as a means to improve the quality of a fire investigator’s work.
Sponsor: Fire Science and Technology Educators Section 

M23 ­Health Care Hot Topics and AHJ Interpretations (PDF, 316 KB)
Presenter(s): David Hood, Russell Phillips & Associates, LLC; James Merrill, CMS; George Mills, The Joint Commission 
This session will review current hot topics of concern to the health care industry. Key authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) will discuss code interpretations, commonly cited code deficiencies, and plans for future code adoptions. There will also be a question and answer session where AHJs can share their insight and viewpoints.
Sponsor: Health Care Section 

M27 ­Applying NFPA 25: Design Evaluation vs. ITM (PDF, 1 MB)
Presenter(s): Matt Klaus, NFPA
One of the most misunderstood issues in applying NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, is understanding what a design evaluation is versus what an ITM task is. It is important for all players in the ITM process to understand where the line between NFPA 25 and NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, is drawn. This session will walk through the requirements and provide examples of both design evaluation issues and ITM issues found in the field.
Sponsor: Building Fire Safety Systems Section 

M28 ­Interfacing Elevator Controls with Fire Alarm and Sprinkler Systems (PDF, 1.1 MB)
Presenter(s): Sagiv Weiss-Ishai, San Francisco Fire Department
New elevator technologies are rapidly developing and changing. Elevators, especially in high-rise buildings, can be an extremely useful tool for firefighters to fight fires and rescue occupants. Among the new elevator types are the fire service, occupant egress, machine room-less, and destination dispatch elevators. Building and fire codes such as IBC/IFC and NFPA standards are constantly evolving to keep up with the elevator technology changes and to address the firefighters’ use of elevators during emergencies. The intent of this session is to address specific IBC, NFPA 13, NFPA 72®, and ASME A17.1 code requirements related to fire emergency operation in different types of elevators.
Sponsor: Building Fire Safety Systems Section 

M34 ­Changes to NFPA 70E®, 2015, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace® (PDF, 60 KB)
Presenter(s): David  Dini, Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.; Paul Dobrowsky, Innovative Tech Services
The session includes first revisions acted on by the technical committee. The information will be applicable to everyone having a basic understanding of electrical safety and NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace®.
Sponsor: Electrical Section 

M40 Investigating Fires and Explosions: How Courts Are Utilizing NFPA 921 to Judge the Conduct of Investigators, Engineers, and Insurance Companies 
Presenter(s): Glennon Fogarty, Husch Blackwell LLP 
This session will present a roadmap to courts’ use of NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations. The methods utilized by investigators, insurance companies, engineers, and other professionals to identify, collect, preserve, and test artifacts are routinely at issue. Over 50 court decisions since January 2010 have cited NFPA 921. The implications of failing to properly preserve evidence are significant, as such conduct may result in the exclusion of crucial evidence, an “adverse inference” ruling against the party engaging in spoliation, or even subject a party to tort liability. This PowerPoint presentation and lecture will discuss real-life applications of NFPA 921, including key court rulings regarding allegations that investigators, insurance companies, attorneys, or others have failed to properly preserve evidence or otherwise comply with NFPA 921.
Sponsor: Fire Science and Technology Educators Section 

M43 The Ripple Effects of the Adoption of the 2012 Life Safety Code® on the Health Care Industry
 Tom Gardner, The Protection Engineering Group
The health care industry is preparing for the eventual adoption of the 2012 Life Safety Code® by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, The Joint Commission, and others. This process includes the inherent adoption of numerous other Codes & Standards that are referenced by the Life Safety Code. This session will highlight the changes in referenced Codes & Standards that will directly affect health care facilities. There will be specific focus on NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems; NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems; and NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.
Sponsor: Health Care Section  

M46 ­NFPA 13 Sprinkler Omission Rules Explained 
Presenter(s): Matt Klaus, NFPA
One of the foundations of NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, is that all spaces must be sprinklered unless a specific allowance for an omission of sprinklers is made. The rules for omitting sprinklers are often misapplied, leading to insufficient sprinkler coverage in buildings. This session walks through the sprinkler omission requirements in Chapter 8 of NFPA 13 and looks at each of these requirements individually.
Sponsors: Architects, Engineers, & Building Officials Section, Industrial Fire Protection Section

T03 Cracking the Code: Code Basics for Non-Code People
Presenter(s): Scott Adams, Park City Fire District; A. Lynn Schofield, Provo Fire & Rescue
Greek, gibberish, Klingon — it’s all code to me. This session will explore the code and how it applies to everyday people. The session, designed for public educators, firefighters, and other interested people, will explore how codes are developed and how they impact our everyday lives. The session will demonstrate how participants can use the code to improve their fire and life safety programs.
Sponsors: Architects, Engineers, & Building Officials Section, Education Section, International Fire Marshals Association 

T07 ­International Approaches to Performance-Based Design of the SFPE Case Study (PDF, 2.2 MB)
Lennon Peake, Koffel Associates, Inc.
This session will involve detailing the performance-based option contained in Chapter 5 of NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®, and will summarize design approaches taken by each country that participated in the fire protection and life safety design case study for the 9th SFPE International Conference on Performance-Based Codes and Fire Safety Design Methods. The case study was prepared by Koffel Associates and represented a design prepared in accordance with U.S. based Codes & Standards. Additional case studies using the same schematic design were presented by teams from other countries during the conference. The session will inform attendees of the potential benefits that performance-based design options potentially provide, both in cost savings and additional safety to building occupants, and also common design approaches from around the world.

T08 Accessibility and ADA: 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design (PDF, 2.5 MB) 
 Peter Berg and Jessica Madrigal, Great Lakes ADA Center
The U.S. Department of Justice requires all newly constructed and altered buildings to comply with the new 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design. Intended for design and construction professionals, code officials, and facility managers, this session is a step-by-step tutorial on what’s been added, removed, revised, and reorganized in the new 2010 ADA Standards. Topics covered will include important provisions such as “safe harbor” allowances; new information about conventions and tolerances; application and scoping provisions, including new general exceptions; and the new format of the standards. Participants will learn about new or revised requirements related to general site and building elements, accessible routes, plumbing elements, and communication features such as emergency alarm systems and signage.
Sponsor: Disability Access Review Advisory Committee

T13 Sprinkler Technology-Storage (PDF, 1.1 MB)
James Golinveaux, Tyco Fire Protection Products
This session will discuss the challenges and solutions to various unique storage scenarios, as well as the Codes & Standards which dictate protection schemes. This session will also focus on recent updates to current codes and how these changes will affect your business, and specifically, on comparing the process of storage design between the 2010 edition of NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, and the 2011 edition of FM 8-9.
Sponsor: Society of Fire Protection Engineers 

T18 ­2013 National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code — Changes (PDF, 1 MB)
Presenter(s): Warren Olsen, FSCI
This session presents some of the significant changes made to the National Fire Alarm Code to produce the 2013 edition. The presentation explains the changes and the reasons they were made. In addition, examples show the impact of the code changes. Some of the changes include the following: new Chapter 7, Documentation; personnel qualifications; reorganization of inspection, testing, and maintenance requirements; emergency control function interfaces; limitations on the number of addressable devices on signaling line circuits; opt-in alarm verification for signals sent to a supervising station; and allowable transmission methods.
Sponsor: Building Fire Safety Systems Section  

T25 2014 NEC Changes 
Presenter(s): Michael Johnston, National Electrical Contractors Association; Keith Lofland, IAEI
This extensive and popular session analyzes the major changes to the National Electrical Code® (NEC®). IAEI members of the nineteen NEC code-making panels contributed to the development of the authoritative text, which covers more than 325 of the most significant changes and includes interpretations by the group that enforces the NEC. The PowerPoint presentation is loaded with illustrations, photos, and text that clearly identify and explain the changes and their impact to the electrical industry.

T26 ­NFPA 101 for Health Care — 2000 to 2012 Update and Review (PDF, 3.2 MB)
Presenter(s): James Lathrop, FSFPE, Koffel Associates, Inc. 
This session will provide an overall review of NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®, as it applies to health care occupancies. It will provide an overview of the changes most relevant to health care occupancies that have occurred between the 2000 and 2012 editions of the Code. Upcoming potential significant changes for 2015 will also be highlighted.
Sponsor: Health Care Section 

T27 Code Application for Downtown Revitalization Projects (PDF, 208 KB)
Presenter(s): Joseph Versteeg, Versteeg Associates
In the quest to return to the heritage of our downtowns, where vibrant retail, commercial, dining, and living spaces once existed, our urban buildings are the focus of significant revitalization efforts. Through the use of a systematic approach, compliance with the requirements of the Life Safety Code® and applicable building codes governing rehabilitation work and occupancy changes can be achieved in a sympathetic and reasonable manner. This session provides an overview of the requirements and specific case studies, which will benefit designers, code officials, contractors, and developers who need to understand code requirements associated with existing occupancies, renovations or alterations to those existing occupancies, as well as conversions to new occupancies.
Sponsor: Architects, Engineers, & Building Officials Section 

T28 NFPA 25, 2014 Edition:  What is New and Different? 
Track(s): Codes & Standards, Fire Suppression
Presenter(s): William Koffel, Koffel Associates, Inc.
The 2014 Edition of NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, will be considered during the association’s Technical Committee Report Session. This session will identify the major changes and arguments both pro and con for controversial issues that will be discussed
Sponsor: Building Fire Safety Systems Section 

T32 Diamonds are Forever! Using NFPA 704 in a Globally Harmonized World (PDF, 4.2 MB)
Presenter(s): Ronald Keefer, Menlo Park Fire Protection District; David Phelan, Bergenfield Fire Department; Guy Colonna,  and Nancy Pearce, NFPA; Maureen Ruskin, OSHA;  James Vigerust, Shaw Group
NFPA 704, Standard System for the Identification of the Hazards of Materials for Emergency Response, has been providing emergency responders with a simple, readily recognizable system of marking chemicals since it was officially adopted in 1961. The NFPA 704 system is used both nationally and internationally. The implementation of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) worldwide and the more recent adoption of GHS by OSHA have caused concern among emergency responders about the future of NFPA 704. This session is a panel discussion designed to present an overview of changes to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom 2012), to point out the differences between the GHS and NFPA 704 labeling systems, and to discuss the potential impact on emergency responders.
Sponsor: Industrial Fire Protection Section 

T33 The Myths and Mysteries of NFPA 921 and NFPA 1033 (PDF, 276 KB)
Presenter(s): Patrick Kennedy, John A. Kennedy and Associates
Though they are used extensively by the professional fire investigation community, misunderstandings about the nature and content of NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations, and its sister document NFPA 1033, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator, abound in the fire investigation industry. These “myths and mysteries” tend to depreciate the value of the documents, especially among those who need their guidance the most. This is caused by failures to understand and appreciate the nature of the NFPA consensus code promulgation system, the history of the fire investigation profession, the nature and history of NFPA 921 and NFPA 1033 themselves, and even the semantics of the documents. This session is designed to expose and explain what many see as the “myths and mysteries” and perceived shortcomings of these seminal documents.
Sponsor: Fire Science and Technology Educators Section 

T36 ­Residential Sprinkler Update (NFPA 13/13R/13D) (PDF, 680 KB)
Presenter(s): Bob Caputo, Fire & Life Safety America; Matt Klaus, NFPA
This session will discuss the changes to the 2013 editions of NFPA 13/13R/13D related to residential fire sprinkler systems design and installation requirements. 

T38 ­NFPA Standards Forum* 
Presenter(s): Amy Cronin, Christian Dubay, Maureen Brodoff, and James Pauley, Schneider Electric
NFPA has streamlined and simplified the Codes & Standards Process. Similar to last year, at this session technical committee members and interested parties will be able to hear about the latest changes to the New Regulations Governing the Development of NFPA Standards and the associated software under development.  Attendees will have a chance to see the Electronic Submission System available on NFPA’s website.  This system allows the public to electronically submit Public Input (formerly Proposals) and Public Comments (formerly Comments) directly to the document, and after the closing dates, virtually render a “publication ready” document.  Technical Committee members will learn the ease the system’s functionality that will ultimately simplify committee meetings. (*CEUs do not apply)

T42 ­Flame Detection for Silane and Other Pyrophoric Non-Hydrocarbon Fires (PDF, 5.1 MB)
Presenter(s): Jonathan Eisenberg and Ernesto Vega Janica, Rolf Jensen & Associates
Our research is based on technical provisions of NFPA 318, Standard for the Protection of Semiconductor Fabrication Facilities, and ANSI/CGA standards as approved methods for the protection of semiconductor fabrication facilities for bulk silane storage and handling. In this session, a real case scenario is examined under Code regulations and possible detection system layouts are analyzed. Our lessons learned are also discussed.

T49 ­Risk Identification and Mitigation in EMS Systems
 Kendall Holland, NFPA 
While there are many NFPA fire service standards that require recognition, development, and use of a risk management plan, one has to be able to apply those to EMS systems that might not provide any fire suppression activities. This session will provide the attendees and end users of these standards with a fundamental understanding of how to apply these fire service standards to EMS systems using many of the existing standards. This session will also point out the many different EMS standards that NFPA has developed and how to use them in identifying and mitigating risk in their communities.

T51 ­Design Flexibility in Managing Dust Explosion Hazards (PDF, 259 KB)
Presenter(s): John Cholin, J.M. Cholin Consultants, Inc.; Bill Stevenson, CV Technology, Inc. 
While the NFPA dust standards are good at prescribing an approach to managing dust explosion hazards there are many times when the realities on the ground, at the site, make it very difficult if not impossible to use a simple, straight-forward prescriptive approach. The presenters use actual case studies to show how one can make use of practical options and performance-equivalent alternative designs to achieve the objectives of the standards where the prescriptive approach is not an option.

T64 ­Changes to the 2014 Edition of the Standard on Commercial Cooking (NFPA 96) (PDF, 47 KB)
Presenter(s): R. T. Leicht, Delaware State Fire Marshal 
NFPA 96, Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations, is constantly being revisited in order to stay current, especially with the development of new products, assemblies, and methods in order to maintain a document that adequately control the hazard resulting in reasonable means to manage cooking operations. This session will review the proposed changes to the current edition of the Standard. This session will be presented though PowerPoint and will use some real-life examples found in the industry to illustrate the concerns, especially those of the AHJ. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding application of any of the parts of the standard, whether they are results of modified sections or not.
Sponsor: International Fire Marshals Association

T68 ­Fundamentals of Combustible Dusts, Where Are They Now? (PDF, 217 KB)
Presenter(s): Derek Duval, NFPA
Since the establishment of the new technical committee, Fundamentals of Combustible Dusts (CMD-FUN), and a correlating committee (CMD-AAC) for the combustible dusts technical committees (CMD-AGR, CMD-CMM, CMD-HAP, and CMD-WOO), work has begun in the development of a new combustible dust standard focusing on the general requirements applicable to all types of combustible dusts. This session will provide an update of the committee activities, the state of the new standard and the affect on the other industries.
Sponsor: Industrial Fire Protection Section 

T69 ­Fire Alarm System Documentation Requirements – Understanding the New Chapter 7 (PDF, 292 KB)
Merton Bunker, U.S. Department of State
Fire alarm system documentation is essential to the proper installation, inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire alarm systems. A new Chapter 7 was added to NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, in the 2013 edition. This session will cover the new requirements in detail. This session will also explain the different types of documentation required by the new Code and use examples of actual documentation to reinforce learning objectives.
Sponsor: Building Fire Safety Systems Section 

T72 ­Deployment of Hydrogen Fuel Cells — Safety Considerations and Resources (PDF, 6.5 MB)
Presenter(s): Nick Barilo and Steven Weiner, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Charles James, U.S. Department of Energy
Hydrogen fuel cells are a key element of a broad portfolio for building a competitive, secure, and sustainable clean energy economy. This session will discuss the current status of hydrogen fuel cells and the applicable Codes & Standards that enable their deployment. The resources to be discussed play a key role in reaching, educating, and informing stakeholders, whose contributions will help enable a broad set of fuel cell applications.

W01 Retro-Commissioning and Retro-Integrated System Testing: Back to the Future (PDF, 270 KB)
Presenter(s): Cecil Bilbo, Academy of Fire Sprinkler Technology; Matt Klaus, NFPA
Commissioning and integrated system testing on new facilities are fairly well structured processes. But what happens when you walk into an existing building that has no system functionality benchmark? This session will look at where to begin and how to go back in time to make sure that the building and its systems will function appropriately in the future.
Sponsors: Architects, Engineers, & Building Officials Section, Building Fire Safety Systems Section

W02 Evaluating Codes for Non-Fire and Non-Emergency Events (PDF, 740 KB) 
Casey Grant, Fire Protection Research Foundation; Robert Solomon, NFPA
Today’s occupancy-based model Codes & Standards (e.g., NFPA 1, Fire Code; NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®; NFPA 5000®, Building Construction and Safety Code®) contain information that is useful not only in fire-related emergencies but also in non-fire emergencies and even non-emergency situations. A recent literature review by the Fire Protection Research Foundation identified and summarized applicable events that are related to the requirements of several NFPA codes. In addition to emergency events traditionally addressed by the codes, there are non-fire emergencies and non-emergency situations that are applicable despite lack of clarity that these requirements are intended for this purpose. Examples of these are events resulting in injuries and fatalities due to non-fire-related factors such as crowd crush and crowd craze, or design issues such as the railing heights at sports stadia. This session uses a panel discussion to review the overarching philosophical scope issue of several NFPA documents to address non-fire emergencies and non-emergency situations.
Sponsors: Architects, Engineers, & Building Officials Section, Fire Protection Research Foundation   

W03 Hazard Analysis — What Does It Mean for Combustible Dust Applications? (PDF, 106 KB)
Presenter(s): Guy Colonna, NFPA
The U.S. CSB and OSHA investigations of combustible dust fire and explosion incidents completed during the past decade have shown that basic hazard awareness remains a common factor contributing to those incidents. For that reason, many of the NFPA combustible dust standards contain requirements for performing hazard analyses of processes where combustible dusts might exist. In this session, the basic elements of a hazard analysis will be demonstrated and applied against a typical industrial process where combustible dusts could be formed.
Sponsor: Industrial Fire Protection Section 

W05 ­Bullets, Gun Powder, and Primers! Oh My! What Really Happens to Small Arms Ammunition in a Fire? (PDF, 364 KB)
Presenter(s): Richard Bielen, and Derek Duval, NFPA
Sporting goods stores, big box stores, guns shops, hardware stores, Doomsday Preppers and their competition, and target shooters will display or store thousands of rounds of small arms ammunition. Should the fire department and public be concerned if there is a fire in the storage or display area? This session will explore what really happens to small arms ammunition, smokeless powder, and primers when exposed to a fire. The requirements of NFPA 495, Explosive Materials Code, will be reviewed, as well as the results of fire tests and observations from structure fires.

W10 ­Health Care — Looking into the Future of Regulations (PDF, 421 KB)
Presenter(s): Chad Beebe, ASHE; James Peterkin, Heery Design
Without a doubt, health care is one of the most regulated U.S. industries. NFPA alone publishes over 70 codes or standards that apply to health care facilities. Facility managers and those involved in health care physical plant operations are expected to have a working knowledge of not one but all of these standards. This session will differ from other document-specific sessions by focusing on key elements, interpretations, and trends relative to health care–related regulation in a single all-inclusive educational session. The session will address over a dozen health care–related NFPA documents and the provisions of interest specific to health care facility leaders.
Sponsors: Architects, Engineers, & Building Officials Section, Health Care Section

W14 ­How to Deal with Fire Escapes in the Twenty-First Century (PDF, 14 KB)
Carl Baldassarra, Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc.
This session involves a review of the history and use of fire escapes. Although fire escapes are no longer recognized as an acceptable egress component in new construction, there are hundreds of existing buildings in the built environment that have them. This session reviews the history and evolution of the code provisions (both NFPA and legacy model building codes), why incorporating fire escapes in new construction is no longer recognized, how to maintain them, and what is necessary to remove them. Typical project-related issues involve the following: what needs to be done with fire escapes when a building undergoes major renovation; what must be done for proper maintenance; and what is needed to remove fire escapes from an existing building? This is a subject which has not received significant attention in previous NFPA conferences. The session will speak to a number of actual case studies and the presentation will be highly illustrated.
Sponsor: Architects, Engineers, & Building Officials Section

W20 Assessing the List of Typical Oxidizers
 Elizabeth Buc, Fire & Materials Research Laboratory, LLC
A new means to assess the hazard classification of oxidizers was recently added to the NFPA 400, Hazardous Materials Code. This session will describe the results of a project that assessed selected oxidizers in the typical oxidizer list in the code to determine if the current class listed in the table is in agreement with the bench-scale screening test criteria.
Sponsor: Fire Protection Research Foundation

W23 Performance Based Design: Fire Alarm Visual Notification Appliances — Mathematical Guide (PDF, 4 MB)
Presenter(s): Ernesto Vega Janica, Rolf Jensen & Associates 
As there is no process for certifying alternative methods, except in transportation facilities under DOT enforcement, a mathematical guide program has been developed by which engineers can demonstrate fire alarm visual notification coverage equivalent facilitation in the event of irregular (non square) rooms and other challenging projects not listed on the prescriptive tables from NFPA 72Ò, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. The technical provisions from UL Standard for Safety 1971, Signaling Devices for the Hearing Impaired, are used as an approved performance based criteria in lieu of the requirements found in chapter 18 on notification appliances.
Sponsor: Architects, Engineers, & Building Officials Section 

W25 NFPA 99, 2012 Medical Gas and Vacuum Systems Code Update (PDF, 11 MB)
Presenter(s): Jonathan  Willard, Certified Medical Gas Services
This 60-minute traditional, lecture-style education session provides an overview of the changes to the medical gas and vacuum system requirements in the new 2012 edition of NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code. In addition, a synopsis of the elements of a comprehensive medical gas systems operation and management program are provided. The presentation will be followed by a brief question and answer period. The session will consist of an overview of the important changes to the medical gas and vacuum system requirements in the new edition of NFPA 99, including the following: (1) NFPA Definitions and Applicability of the Code, an overview of how the code has moved from an occupancy-based application of the requirements to a risk-based approach; (2) Central Supply System and Equipment Changes; (3) Pipeline Distribution System and Components Changes; (4) Alarm Warning Systems Changes; (5) Performance Criteria and Testing Changes; and (6) Operation and Management, a synopsis of the new requirements for the operation and management for existing medical gas and vacuum systems. The session will also consist of a synopsis of the elements of a comprehensive medical gas and vacuum systems operation and management program. This includes an overview of the applicable regulatory requirements, conducting a code compliance review and risk assessment. The session reviews standard policies and procedures, including emergency operations and contingency planning, planned system shutdown and back feeding, and record keeping. The session also identifies best practices and discusses inspection, testing, and maintenance programs and medical gas storage. Finally, qualification standards for facility personnel maintaining and utilizing medical gas and vacuum systems are summarized.

W26 NFPA 70E Approach to Considering DC Hazards (PDF, 212 KB)
 Bobby Gray, Hoydar-Buck, Inc.; Stephen McCluer, Schneider Electric
NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace®, recently has taken a special interest in protecting employees in workplaces where dc voltage sources are present. With the collaboration of the IEEE Stationary Battery Committee’s Code Working Group and the research and development community, the NFPA 70E Technical Committee has introduced rules to the standard to address these hazards. This session will lead the attendee through the subject material introduced into the 2012 edition, as well as provide a preview of what can be expected in the 2015 edition. Sponsor: Electrical Section

W29 Applying Reliability Based Decision Making to ITM Frequency for Fire Protection Systems and Equipment (PDF, 140 KB)
Ken Dungan, Risk Technologies, LLC; Scot Futrell, Futrell Fire Consult & Design Inc.; John Hall, NFPA; Amanda Kimball, Fire Protection Research Foundation; William Koffel, Koffel Associates, Inc.
Many NFPA fire protection system standards contain requirements for periodic inspection, testing, and maintenance (ITM). These are often historical requirements that are not based on ITM data or on observed deficiencies. As NFPA develops new documents, such as NFPA 4, Standard for Integrated Fire Protection and Life Safety System Testing, the need for a more data-based approach to ITM frequencies will be important. Further, in the case of water-based systems, the required resources associated with testing are increasing at a rapid rate. Recently, four requests were received by the Fire Protection Research Foundation from NFPA Technical Committees to develop a project on a risk/reliability-based approach to ITM requirements. Although these requests and the applicable technical committees impacted by these topics are responsible for standards related to different fire protection systems that have unique ITM issues and purposes, the fundamentals of a reliability-based approach to determining desirable ITM frequency is the same. The Foundation carried out a workshop that involved the discussion of approaches to determining ITM frequency for a given fire protection system or equipment based on reliability concepts.
Sponsors: Fire Protection Research Foundation, Fire Science and Technology Educators Section

W33 What’s New and What Has Changed in NFPA 1582, 2012 Edition (PDF, 21 KB)
 Fabrice Czarnecki and Daniel  Samo, Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group 
Presented by physicians on the technical committee, this session will highlight the changes to NFPA 1582, Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments. The most important changes have to do with prostheses, pregnancy, aerobic capacity, total joint replacements, and sleep apnea.

W40 Notification Appliance Requirements of NFPA 72, 2013 Edition (PDF, 113 KB)
Ray Grill, ARUP
There have been a number of changes made to the requirements for designing both audible and visible notification appliances in Chapter 18 of NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. This session will review the changes and discuss the impact of these changes on fire alarm system design. Examples of ways to incorporate these new requirements will also be reviewed.
Sponsor: Architects, Engineers, & Building Officials Section

W46 Firefighter Safety and the Building Codes, A Necessary Partnership (PDF, 3.8 MB)
Robert Davidson, Davidson Code Concepts LLC; Sean DeCrane, Cleveland Division of Fire 
Many firefighters go to work each day believing the fire station is their workplace. This could not be further from the truth. Today’s fire service must start regarding the fire station as their staging area. The buildings that have been constructed or are being constructed are the true work environments. The staging area is where we assemble and prepare ourselves for the tasks before us. When we report to the station this is what we are doing, preparing ourselves. But are we effectively preparing ourselves? The purpose of this session is to address the many areas where the building and fire codes impact firefighter and civilian safety. We will discuss specific areas of the code, how they came into the code requirements, and some of the reasons why they are required. We will also discuss the process of code involvement and how not only can firefighters impact their own safety, but citizens can make an impact in areas of the code where requirements impact their safety. The Staging Area is where we assemble and prepare ourselves for the tasks before us. When we report to the station this is what we are doing, preparing ourselves. But are we effectively preparing ourselves? The purpose of this proposed seminar is to address the many areas where the Building and Fire Codes impact fire fighter and civilian safety. We will discuss specific areas of the code, how they came into the code requirements and some of the reasons they are required. We will also discuss the process of code involvement and how not only can fire fighters impact their own safety but citizens can make an impact in areas of the code where requirements impact their safety.
Sponsor: Architects, Engineers, & Building Officials Section

W51 The Global Code Compliance Puzzle (PDF, 799 KB)
 Olga Caledonia, NFPA; Matthew Drysdale, EI Dupont De Nemours; James Vigerust, Shaw Group
This session will feature a panel discussing questions and answers on how NFPA Codes & Standards are used internationally. NFPA Codes & Standards are adopted in the U.S. and in many other countries. International issues that will be discussed include the following: local acceptability of NFPA Codes & Standards, how each country’s codes are applied, how codes from different countries differ from those of NFPA, how codes are enforced, what different companies have done to comply with AHJs, positive output from past build-outs, and recommendations for NFPA. Sponsor: Industrial Fire Protection Section

W53 Applying Arc Flash Reduction Maintenance Systems (PDF, 269 KB)
Ed Larsen, Schneider Electric USA
Section 240.87 of the 2011 NEC® requires the use of arc flash reduction maintenance systems, or other arc flash mitigation means, in certain instances. The proposed changes to this section in the 2014 edition may expand the instances where such systems are needed. This session will draw attention to the issues which should be addressed when applying arc flash reduction maintenance systems. These issues include where the function needs to be located, locking and feedback capability, arc flash labeling needs, and code compliance.
Sponsor: Electrical Section

W54 Inspect, Protect, and Collect — Changes to 2013 NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives (PDF, 2 MB)
Kristin Bigda, NFPA
The 2013 edition of NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives, has been revised with new and valuable information on fire door inspections; documentation of inspections, testing, and maintenance; fire door hardware; fire door inspector criteria; and field modifications to fire doors. This session will highlight the major changes to the 2013 edition of NFPA 80 with special emphasis on inspection, testing, and maintenance of swinging fire doors. Building owners/facility managers, fire door inspectors, and authorities having jurisdiction will all benefit from the up-to-date information on this new edition.
Sponsors: Architects, Engineers, & Building Officials Section, Building Fire Safety Systems Section