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STC Webinar: A Fire Code Primer

Posted by Melanie Powers on Tue, May 14, 2013

www.stpub.comA FIRE CODE PRIMER

Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Free! All are welcome


Many EHS professionals working in industry understand their obligations under the various applicable environmental and occupational safety and health regulations, but may rely on their Facilities or Maintenance departments or their property underwriter to ensure compliance with Fire Codes. However, that may not be a sound risk management strategy. Beyond addressing the design and construction of the physical plant or fire protection and extinguishing systems, Fire Codes impinge on a wide range of safety issues such as: 

  • Storage, handling, and use of hazardous materials such as corrosives, oxidizers, toxics, flammable/combustible liquids, flammable solids, and combustible dust.

  • Production and maintenance activities such as spraying/dipping/coating using flammable and combustible liquids, welding/hot work, and refueling.

  • Stationary battery systems.

  • Emergency evacuation and drills.

To a limited degree these requirements overlap the federal OSHA regulations, but the Fire Codes are typically more prescriptive than OSHA requirements. The two primary Fire Code standards used in the United States are the International Fire Code (IFC) and NFPA – 1 Fire Code. The complexity of Fire Codes is compounded by the fact that each of the primary standards (IFC and NFPA) draws upon literally hundreds of other standards that are either extracted or incorporated by reference. And while most states have adopted one or the other these codes, frequently they are adopted with significant state-specific modifications.

Our presenter for this session will be Russ Boesch. Russ is an STC Senior Program Director and the author of the Fire Code Management Of Hazardous Materials: The Essential Guide, published by Specialty Technical Publishers of Vancouver, Canada in our Nashua, New Hampshire office. He is a Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA) and a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM).   

Space is limited. Registration details are available on STC’s website.

About STC

STC, a specialized management consulting firm, works globally to enhance its clients' environmental, health and safety (EHS) performance. With STC's assistance, firms manage their complex worker safety and environmental challenges as business issues, rather than as engineering or legal obstacles. They integrate EHS actions directly into their core business operations. Through this process, STC uncovers opportunities for its clients to increase program efficiency and cost-effectiveness, thus helping them gain competitive advantage. Click here for more information on STC and its publications.

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