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“Thanks again for working with us on this, and every job really. Whenever I order a pre-engineered system that protects commercial kitchen exhaust hoods in Iowa, I always try and use you guys, as we know the work will be done correctly and we’ll have no issue reaching you guys should a problem arise. That being said, after looking into some other fire system companies on this job, I will ABSOLUTELY be using you guys for every job that I order in the future. So once again, thanks for being an incredibly professional company to work with. ”
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Hazardous Materials Analysis
- Review Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS’s) for products to determine appropriate classification based on material properties (i.e.flammable and combustible liquids, toxic materials, corrosive materials, water-reactive materials, oxidizing materials, hazardous gases, nonhazardous, etc.). Classifications are typically based on definitions provided in the applicable building and/or fire code.
- Development of Hazardous Materials Inventory Statements (HMIS’s).
- Perform building and fire code review services for the storage and use of hazardous materials.
- Review supplemental standards and documents published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), etc., to determine applicable requirements.
- Develop code compliance and fire protection plans for buildings/sites which include the storage and/or use of hazardous materials.
- Work with the Owner to develop operational features/plans that can help minimize the impact of hazardous materials on the overall building design – such as regulating hazardous material quantities, specifying hazardous materials storage locations, etc.
- Act as a liaison for the Owner/design team with the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) to present and acquire approval of the code compliance and fire protection plans for the storage and/or use of hazardous materials.
- Provide design guidance for required fire protection features due to the storage and/or use of hazardous materials, including, but not limited to, spill control and secondary containment, continuous ventilation, automatic fire sprinkler protection, explosion control, standby/emergency poser, fire detection and alarms, fire-rated separations, etc.
- Provide design guidance for alternative fire extinguishing systems such as foam-water extinguishing systems, that are commonly utilized with certain types of hazardous materials.
- Provide documentation in the form of Building Code Reports and/or Fire Code Reports, Design Outline (for use in specifications) Code Interpretation letters, etc. Documentation is typically submitted directly to the Authority Having Jurisdiction to communicate the fire protection plan for the storage and/or use of hazardous materials.
- Review design drawings with respect to hazardous material code requirements and provide comments/red-lined drawings.
- Perform surveys of existing buildings to determine compliance with current building and/or fire code requirements pertaining to hazardous materials.
- Perform Third Party Review and/or inspection services for hazardous material systems and fire protection features required thereof.
- Design/approval by Professional Engineer (PE) in fire protection engineering.
Level of Involvement
Can vary, depending on project. Typically, Summit Fire Consulting is hired by the Owner, Architect of Record, or General Contractor to address issues pertaining to the storage and/or use of hazardous materials. Summit Fire Consulting usually determines the appropriate classification(s) for the included product(s) and the subsequent code requirements thereof. For projects involving hazardous materials, Summit Fire Consulting is usually involved in the early, planning stages of the project, as the requirements pertaining to hazardous materials oftentimes have a significant impact on the building design. However, Summit Fire Consulting can be involved with Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documents, and Construction Administration for such projects.
Working directly for Graco, the Owner, Summit Fire Consulting provided code consulting services for a new automated paint line. In particular, Summit Fire Consulting reviewed 40+ Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS’s) to classify each product in accordance with the Minnesota State Fire Code, which is based on the International Fire Code. Classifications included flammable liquids, combustible liquids, corrosive liquids, and toxic liquids – which are stored, used in closed systems, and used in open systems. Automated spray booths are also included. Summit Fire Consulting determined occupancy classifications by comparing the actual planned quantities with the Maximum Allowed Quantities for non-hazardous occupancies. Because a Group H occupancy was defined, multiple special fire protection features were required – such as fire-rated separation, spill control, secondary containment, continuous ventilation, and standby power. Summit Fire Consulting also provided design guidance for an engineered foam-water fire suppression system. By implementing these special fire protection systems, the new paint line meets the level of fire safety that is required by the Minnesota State Fire Code. The results of Summit Fire Consulting’s research were documented in a Code Report which was presented to and approved by the Authority Having Jurisdiction. Finally, at the request of the Authority Having Jurisdiction, Summit Fire Consulting also performed a Third Party Review of select fire protection systems once they were installed, to verify that the installation complied with the Code Report and Minnesota State Fire Code.