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Health Care Section Town Hall Meeting: What Is It?

For those section members who have been lucky enough to attend any of NFPA's World Safety Conference & Expositions® (WSC&Es®), you may have attended one of our Health Care section Town Hall Meetings. If you haven't, you may wonder exactly what they are all about. This meeting of health-care fire protection minds started as a suggestion from Sue McLaughlin, our immediate past chair, at our Education Committee meeting on November 17, 2003, at the NFPA NFPA National Fire Protection Association
NFPA National Food Processors Association
NFPA National Fluid Power Association
NFPA National Federation of Paralegal Associations (Edmonds, WA) 
 Fall Meeting in Reno.

The purpose of the meeting is to bring together those with an interest in fire protection of health-care facilities to exchange information. The format of the meeting is an open forum lead by a moderator and supported by a panel of four experts such as enforcers, users, consultants, and suppliers, but the intent is that everyone in the audience is a presenter. We ask the audience for topics they wish to discuss, and they can bring these topics to the group as a question, comment, solution, observation, or complaint.

This forum is at its best when an audience member from one part of the country says that they have a problem with a certain issue and another audience member from a different part of the country-or world, for that matter-tells the group how they have solved the same problem.

To date, we have held six Health Care Section Town Hall Meetings at the 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008 WSC&E and at the 2004 Fall Education Conference.

Among the topics discussed by the group were:

* Interim Life Safety Measures safety measures, actions (e.g., use of glasses, face masks) taken to protect patients and office personnel from such known hazards as particles and aerosols from high-speed rotary instruments, mercury vapor, radiation exposure, anesthetic and

* NFPA 1600, Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs

* Fire Alarm Design

* Continuing Education continuing education: see adult education.
continuing education
 or adult education

Any form of learning provided for adults. In the U.S. the University of Wisconsin was the first academic institution to offer such programs (1904).

* The Joint Commission's Life-Safety Special Inspector

* The Reorganization of NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities

* Foam-Type Alcohol-Based Hand Rubs

* Personal Computers on Wheels

* Storage

* Situations Where a New Code Is Less Stringent

* Definition of "Out of Service"

* Oxygen Storage

* The Electronic Statement of Conditions (E-SOC)

* Testing of Fire Dampers

In future columns, I will review some of the details discussed concerning these topics.

Fire Dampers and Fire/ Smoke Dampers

During the most recent revision cycle, a proposal was submitted to the technical committee responsible for NFPA 9OA, Installation ofAir-Conditioning and Ventilating ventilating

Natural or mechanically induced movement of fresh air into or through an enclosed space. The hazards of poor ventilation were not clearly understood until the early 20th century. Expired air may be laden with odors, heat, gases, or dust.
 Systems, concerning fire and smoke dampers. In the 2002 edition of the standard, section states that "fire dampers shall be installed at each direct to ducted opening into or out of enclosures required by, unless otherwise permitted by or"

Proposal 90A-224 suggested changing "fire dampers" to "fire/smoke dampers." The proposal was made by a damper damp·er  
1. One that deadens, restrains, or depresses: Rain put a damper on our picnic plans.

2. An adjustable plate, as in the flue of a furnace or stove, for controlling the draft.
 manufacturer and was accepted by the technical committee. In response to the acceptance of this proposal, a consultant submitted a subsequent comment, Comment 90A-34, which recommended that the technical committee reject the original proposal. Unfortunately, the NFPA 90A Technical Committee voted to reject this comment and keep the proposal.

On June 2 at the WSC&E in Las Vegas Las Vegas (läs vā`gəs), city (1990 pop. 258,295), seat of Clark co., S Nev.; inc. 1911. It is the largest city in Nevada and the center of one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the United States. , our section's Codes and Standards Review Committee, the codes and standards watchdog for our industry, discussed this issue. The committee voted to recommend to the section's Executive Board and to the Health Care section membership that we, as a section, support any action at the NFPA Technical Session to support the acceptance of Comment 90A-34.

At the Technical Session, the proponent One who offers or proposes.

A proponent is a person who comes forward with an a item or an idea. A proponent supports an issue or advocates a cause, such as a proponent of a will.

PROPONENT, eccl. law.
 of Comment 90A-34 made a motion to accept his comment, and some debate ensued. Representatives of the Health Care section said that, as a section, we supported the comment because the original proposal to change the standard's wording from fire dampers to fire/smoke dampers had no technical substantiation. The NFPA membership agreed with our position and voted to accept Comment 90A-34.

Because the NFPA membership voted to overrule The refusal by a judge to sustain an objection set forth by an attorney during a trial, such as an objection to a particular question posed to a witness. To make void, annul, supersede, or reject through a subsequent decision or action.  the technical committee, the NFPA codes and standards adoption procedures required that the technical committee be balloted on this issue. In this balloting, the technical committee agreed with the NFPA membership's floor vote by a majority but not by the required two-thirds majority.

As a result, the proponent of the original proposal appealed to the NFPA Standards Council, which actually issues each document, to overrule the floor vote that the new edition would require fire/smoke dampers. As a representative of the Health Care section, I appeared at the Standards Council meeting on July 22 to speak against this appeal. The appellant A person who, dissatisfied with the judgment rendered in a lawsuit decided in a lower court or the findings from a proceeding before an Administrative Agency, asks a superior court to review the decision.  argued that fire/smoke dampers will save lives by limiting the spread of smoke in a building but failed to provide any technical data or fire-loss history to substantiate that assertion.

I made the point that, in health-care facilities generally, the HVAC (Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning) In the home or small office with a handful of computers, HVAC is more for human comfort than the machines. In large datacenters, a humidity-free room with a steady, cool temperature is essential for the trouble-free  system shuts down at a fire signal and that these facilities are generally fully sprinklered. Therefore, the fire-loss data do not ; indicate fire fatalities due to smoke transport through the HVAC system.

The Standards Council is working on their decision on all the appeals they heard at the meeting. You can keep tabs on the result of this issue by checking, clicking on Codes & Standards, then on Code Development Process, then on Standards Council, then on Decisions. I will also report on the Council's decision in my next column.



There Is No City in the World Like Las Vegas!

The NFPA World Safety Conference & Exposition® (WSC&E®) always seems bigger and better in Vegas. I hope you were able to share the experience with the rest of your section members.

If you missed 2008 WSC&E, you missed the following changes to the section Executive Board:

Chair: Christina Francis of Proctor & Gamble

Vice-Chair: Danny Miller of The Boeing Company

Secretary: Tom Fangmann of Sara Lee Corporation

Past Chair: Dale Romme of Hallmark Cards Hallmark Cards, a privately owned American company based in Kansas City, Missouri, is the largest manufacturer of greeting cards in the United States. Approximately 50% of greeting cards sent in the United States every year are manufactured by Hallmark. , Inc.

Directors for term running from 2008 to 2011: Mike DeVore of State Farm Insurance, Matt Drysdale of DuPont, and Jim Vigerust of The Shaw Group, Inc. William Burket of Bayer MaterialScience Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) is an independent subgroup within Bayer AG. It was created as part of the restructuring of Bayer AG from the former business group Bayer Polymers, with certain of its activities being spun off to Lanxess AG.  is fulfilling Tom Fangmann's directorship of 2008 to 2010 since he was elected secretary.

IFPS IFPS Interactive Forecast Preparation System
IFPS International Federation of Psychoanalytic Societies
IFPS Intensive Family Preservation Services
IFPS Initial Flight Plan Processing System
IFPS Interactive Financial Planning System
IFPS International Fluid Power Society
 2008-2009 Nominating Committee A nominating committee is a group formed usually from inside the membership of an organization for the purpose of nominating candidates for office within the organization. It works similarly to an electoral college, the main difference being that the available candidates, either : Chair Dale Romme of Hallmark Cards, Inc., Mike Snyder of Dow Corning Dow Corning is a multinational corporation headquartered in Midland, Michigan, USA. Dow Corning specializes in silicon and silicone-based technology, offering more than 7,000 products and services. Dow Corning is equally owned by The Dow Chemical Company and Corning, Inc. , Mike Newman of Johnson & Johnson, Jeff Roberts of XL Capital Group and chair of the section's Niagara Frontier The Niagara Frontier refers to the stretch of land south of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie and extending westward to Cleveland, Ohio. This only includes the land east of the Niagara River and south of Lake Erie within the United States.  Chapter.

A hearty congratulations to the 2007 section Fire Prevention Week contest winner ConocoPhillips Wood River Refinery The Wood River Refinery is a oil refinery located in Roxana, Illinois, approximately 15 miles north of St. Louis, Missouri, on the east side of the Mississippi River. The refinery is currently owned and operated by ConocoPhillips.  in Roxana, Illinois Roxana is a village in Madison County, Illinois, United States. The population was 1,547 at the 2000 census. A majority of the land in Roxana is taken up by the Wood River Conoco-Phillips oil refinery; the refinery was built and originally owned by Shell Oil and has also been owned . Rick Haase accepted this year's award for refinery.

As announced at the WSC&E, NFPA's 2008 FPW FPW Flexural Plate-Wave
FPW Function Point Workbench (software from CHARISMATEK)
FPW First Person Weapon (gaming)
FPW Floorplan for Windows
FPW Fox Pro for Windows
FPW Fixed Packet Writing
 Theme Is "Prevent Home Fires"

We all know Fire Prevention Week (FPW) is a wonderful opportunity for companies to embrace the most fundamental mission of NFPA to increase public awareness of fire safety. Many companies sponsor activities for FPW, and the section's FPW contest allows your company to garner the recognition it deserves for all the hard work and educational activities of which you should already be proud. The section Board encourages you to share your company's FPW activities by submitting an entry for the section's FPW contest. More information can be found at quickforms/ifps.php.

This article is my last to address you as section chair since Christina Francis was elected to this position at our 2008 business meeting. Thank you to all section members who contribute to NFPA to make it a great consensus-making body!
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