January 19, 2021 – The new information delivery platform from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), NFPA LiNK™, has been updated to include the 2021 edition of NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code.
The platform, which launched in the fall of 2020, will include all NFPA codes and standards, supplementary content, and visual aids for building, electrical, and life safety professionals and practitioners. Currently, NFPA LiNK includes the 2021 edition of NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®, which covers life safety in both new and existing structures; the four most recent editions of NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code® (NEC®), the most widely used code in the United States and referenced around the globe; and the 2021 edition of NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace®.
NFPA 99 establishes criteria for levels of health care services or systems based on risk to the patients, staff, or visitors in health care facilities to minimize the hazards of fire, explosion, and electricity. Often used together with NFPA 101, NFPA 99 not only provides critical requirements for the ongoing design and day-to-day operations of health care facilities, but it also works to ensure optimal safety for patients and staff in the event of a natural disaster or health care crisis such as the current coronavirus pandemic.
NFPA codes and standards are designed to minimize the risk and effects of fire by establishing criteria for building, processing, design, service, and installation around the world. Fire and life safety practitioners have turned to the Association’s codes and standards to perform their work more efficiently and effectively for more than a century. Today, work demands employees have the most current, relevant information and resources available at their fingertips to help solve problems quickly and at any given location. NFPA LiNK has been designed to provide users instant access to resources pertinent to their work and requirements for safe work practices that reduce a worker’s exposure to fire, electrical, and other hazards.
“Professionals tell us they want important code information and at the same time they need context and insights to help them better understand problems and make decisions in real time,” said Jim Pauley, NFPA president and CEO. “NFPA LiNK allows people to find pertinent information quickly and helps them collaborate and stay connected easily while in the field. This means more lives are saved and more property protected from fire, electrical, and other hazards.”
To help address the needs of users, NFPA LiNK can be accessed via mobile devices, tablets, laptops, or other preferred device, and will become a “living library” that offers:
- The ability to work alongside the codes by adding personal notes, assigning colors, and saving to custom collections for quick and easy reference.
- A broader understanding of code requirements through access to expert commentary, visual aids, and helpful resources.
- Collaboration features to share code sections, work across teams, and ensure everyone knows what is required.
- Navigation tools that enable users to quickly locate the information they need based on the situations they encounter.
NFPA LiNK subscribers will get access to continuous updates, features and functions, and new editions of NFPA codes and standards as they are released. NFPA will expand the collection of codes and standards within the application to include the more than 300 that NFPA offers.
More information about the NFPA LiNK platform, a timeline of additional codes and standards that will be coming to NFPA LiNK, and a product introduction video can be found at nfpa.org/LiNK. A video that highlights key functions and features in more detail is also available. Try NFPA LiNK by visiting the website.
For this release and other announcements about NFPA initiatives, research and resources, please visit the NFPA press room.
About the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®)
Founded in 1896, NFPA is a global self-funded nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission. For more information, visit www.nfpa.org. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed online for free at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.
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