The NFPA, which stands for the National Fire Protection Association, has announced that they have developed a special training bundle in order to help professionals such as engineers, building owners, designers, code officials, and facility managers address issues such as security and safety features in buildings that they have been charged with keeping both functional and safe.

3 Types of Access Control systems – The bundle, which is officially known as the Balancing Safety and Security with Fire Doors, Dampers, and Door Locking Online Training Series, is designed to offer an introduction to NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives (2016) and goes more into the testing, inspection, and maintenance for the following:

*Swinging fire doors

*Requirements for fire and smoke dampers

*Permissible door locking arrangements

NFPA’s Technical Lead for Building and Life Safety, Kristin Bigda, had the following to say regarding this:

“The NFPA 80 and NFPA 101 training bundle makes perfect sense for a variety of reasons – not the least of which is the fact that facility managers, AHJs, and designers have a lot of ground to cover in their roles. This valuable training series provides necessary, but often overlooked, safety information related to very common building systems.”

3 Types of Access Control systems – NFPA 80 has included multiple important types of technical requirements that are related to the inspection, testing, and maintenance (ITM) of fire doors since the year 2007. In previous years, inspections weren’t always included on the agenda of busy facility managers and building authorities; however, fire doors are considered to be unique in the sense that they are able to be used on an everyday basis and are also able to experience a significant amount of wear and tear depending on their location.

Those professionals who are responsible for fire doors will often manage the fire and smoke dampers located inside a building as well. Even though the damper may only be needed while a fire is taking place, a continuous inspection that is also compliant, as well as maintenance programs, are designed to help ensure that the dampers themselves will properly perform during a fire, as well as prevent both the fire and resulting smoke from spreading throughout the entirety of the building. Furthermore, due to the fact that these systems are very rarely seen by occupants and can also be rather challenging to access in the event that they aren’t properly designed, these systems can oftentimes end up getting neglected as a result.

This special online training program is designed to include more than 30 videos featuring engineers and other professionals, who take the time to explain key points. There are also various animations, case studies, and a question and answer session as well.

The NFPA is a global, non-profit organization that is devoted to helping eliminate death, injury, property, and economic loss due to fire, electrical, and other related hazards, and was originally founded back in the year 1896. The organization also delivers knowledge and information through over 300 consensus codes and standards, education, training, research, advocacy, and outreach, as well as partnering with others who share a common interest in furthering their core mission.

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