The world of business is riddled with potential risks. As companies grow and scale, the risk of noncompliance within the company and with the law also increases. Does your company’s infrastructure and processes match the needs of its environment and markets? Are all your operations supervised by qualified, competent employees?
In the event of a fire, one of the most important factors in preventing casualties is a fire door. We'll discuss how fire doors work and the dangers of not having a compliant one. Fire doors are required by many safety codes and regulations all over the world, and it is integral that all public areas have compliant fire doors to protect your employees and guests from harm.
Fire doors can reduce the severity of a fire and help prevent a full-blown emergency. Fire doors are a two- or three-layer system that not only stops a fire from spreading but also limits its spread so it can be more easily controlled. In this post, we have learned how important it is to.
A fire door is a door that has been deemed as fire-resistant and is commonly installed in openings with a fire separation. This includes fire-resistant doors, shutters, and window assemblies. A typical fire door assembly includes a door, frame, and hardware with a door closer for ease of use with additional locks to provide additional security if needed.
A fire door is a door that ensures that there is no fire spread or that offers additional fire resistance in a building. When these fire doors are designed and built correctly, they perform very well in maintaining the integrity of the building during a fire. This is because these doors are specially equipped with seals, which are designed to seal out any smoke, vents, and flames.
Fire door compliance is an important part of ensuring high-quality design, construction, and performance of these doors. This is because it's the responsibility of the building owner to make sure that the fire doors are installed and maintained.
The Joint Commission (TJC) requires that all hospitals with 10 or more patient beds perform annual fire door inspections. The Joint Commission further requires that all exit doors be self-closing and automatic. Health care industry is not quite ready for April 1st. This is because upgrading or retrofitting facilities to meet the 2012 edition of NFPA 101 requires significant planning, budgeting and coordination.
2012 edition of NFPA 101 addresses fire safety issues (requirements) that are used to provide guidance for designing and constructing hospital buildings. It also addresses fire safety requirements to provide occupant instructions on how to operate the building’s egress systems in an emergency or life safety event. Although these codes haven’t changed much, the key components of the laws have, which means you need to be prepared.
The Joint Commission recognizes this challenge, which is why they are giving facilities up till October 1st 2013 to achieve compliance. Hospitals that are JCAHO accredited are not affected at all by these changes because they are already under the purview of JCAHO’s Life Safety Code, NFPA 99. Just to be clear, this has nothing to do with fire sprinkler designs or meeting any kind of fire code in any way.
If a health care facility fails to meet the requirements of NFPA 101 they will most likely be cited. For FIRE DANGER ASSESSMENT and FIRE PROTECTION/ LIFE SAFETY SYSTEMS most likely the only Standard that they will fail is NFPA 101 Two-hour Firewall In Several Exits In Health Care Facilities, Section 8.0.
Fire door Inspection division has offered a service to inspect fire doors for automatic closers since the mid-90s. The need for this service has greatly increased in 2010 with the expectation that all healthcare facilities will have automatic fire door closers by 2014 under the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This, coupled with performance needs for high-rise apartment buildings, schools and high-rise occupational facilities has provided Houston automatic doors with an opportunity to offer Inspections services,
As fire door specialists, we will also be conducting fire door /smoke door inspections. We conduct the inspections with enthusiasm and detail to ensure compliance with the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code. Our technicians know your facility is an extension of our business so thorough inspections are what they strive for each time!
A properly operating fire door is a key component to stop the spread of deadly fire, smoke, and toxic fumes and gases. Fire doors that are used on a day-to-day basis increase the likelihood of a fire or smoke door not being in optimal condition to protect occupants in the event of a fire. In Healthcare and other organizations, people could and have lost their lives in the very settings where they work and often the significant contributing factor is fire doors.
There are many factors that contribute to the safety of operating fire doors including: age, power operation, interconnectivity, clearance around the door, material, and more. Below is a list of these components and what you can do to test and improve them.
A part of doing business in the healthcare industry is being held to certain safety standards. And safety is paramount for any company or organization currently serving this sector. To protect your reputation, there are national safety codes that design professional organizations must assure their members, visitors, and patients are protected before, during, and after an emergency. These are just a few of the safety standards that are in place for all Health Care institutions to be held accountable to before anything bad happens.
Fire doors and fire door hardware are subject to failure due to the constant usage they take in high traffic areas. Constant usage can lead to misalignment of the door, which could potentially lead to failure of the door to close in the event of a fire. Other common non-compliant issues are holes or openings in the fire door assembly, improper gaps, missing and painted labels, failure of latching hardware to operate, missing screws, door coordinator operates improperly, non-working self-closing devices, missing gasketing, improper kick plates (protective plates) sizes, improper field modifications, and numerous other problems.
Houston Automatic doors has made it our mission to help facility owners and managers increase safety, improve performance, maintain code compliance and reduce costs through a variety of custom-designed programs. Each program is tailored to meet the needs of our customers with effective solutions that are proven to last. We can help you develop an automatic door improvement plan that will help you optimize your current equipment, upgrade to new equipment and eliminate inefficiencies all while staying in compliance with industry standards and local codes.
Houston Automatic doors is an accredited member of the Automatic Door Association (ADA) and only employs Certified Automatic Door Inspectors on its staff. As a full-service company, Houston automatic door provides all of the components necessary to have a fully functional automatic door system including: operators, controls panel, access control & intercom systems, entrance mats and more. Houston automatic doors has certified (AAADM) inspectors on staff to perform annual inspections to keep doors operating safely and in accordance with ANSI Standard A156.10, A156.19, A156.27 and A156.38.
Houston automatic door inspectors are experts in the field, and our certified inspectors will inspect door systems, springs, cables, hinges, tracks, rollers and accessories; determine the proper operation of the door; verify correct installation of equipment; conduct operational tests to verify compliance with state and local building codes; determine whether modifications to the door system are necessary; inform property owners about ADA requirements; provide insurance verification; provide maintenance recommendations for doors that fail inspection; and provide our clients with an overall review of their building’s entrance system.
Are you preparing for a big construction project in your Houston-area business? Have you completed an Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) or plan to do so before work begins? This is a particularly important step for health care facilities and other facilities with high-risk patients and infectious diseases. Below, we’ll go over why it’s essential to plan effectively and implement strategies that will reduce the risk of infectious diseases spreading throughout these facilities.
Construction projects are subject to change, but some elements remain the same. Before construction begins, it is important to complete an Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA). This is a survey of the environment, infrastructure and equipment to identify potential risks.
There are many precautions to take during a construction project near an occupied health care facility. During the planning stages, building owners should contact the local health department, due to the stringent set of codes and regulations on hospitals and other medical facilities. This helps protect patients and medical experts from outside contamination.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires healthcare facilities to conduct a pre-construction risk assessment to ensure contractors controlled hazards during renovations and new construction. This evaluation must include the identification of potential occupational hazards, such as injuries from falls or contact with equipment or power tools.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stringent guidelines in place to protect the public from healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Hospitals, surgical centers and nursing homes must comply with the CDC’s regulations and implement policies that meet certain ICRA criteria. Assessment results are documented on an ICRA form that outlines the required preventive measures for the project before an approved Infection Control Construction Permit is issued.
The last thing you want when planning a building project is an outbreak of an infectious disease. When it comes to dealing with special health care projects and protecting your patients and staff, you need experts with experience and knowledge to handle the planning and safety precautions that must be taken during construction and renovation. Our team will ensure your medical facilities stay safe for everyone.