2017 NFPA meeting is critical for health care

ASHE encourages all NFPA members in health care facilities to attend the 2017 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Conference and Technical Meeting, held June 4-7 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. ASHE has created a list of sessions at the 2017 NFPA C & E that ASHE recommends members attend.

ASHE Attendee Guide to 2017 NFPA® Conference and Exposition

This is a list of sessions at the 2017 NFPA C & E that ASHE recommends members attend. For those members in attendance, please be sure to join the free NFPA Health Care Section and attend the Health Section Business meeting Tuesday 10:00 am to 1:00 pm where the health care section will discuss any last minute details about the voting session on Wednesday. We also hope you will join us for the ASHE hospitality event Tuesday evening.

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Sunday, June 4

7:00 am – 6:30 pm   Registration
8:00 am – 9:30 am 253AB S14 – NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code: Proposed Changes
10:00 am – 11:30 am 253AB S27 – EMERGENCY! Preparedness, Planning, Generators: The New Rules Affecting Health Care
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm   General Session and Keynote Address
2:30 pm – 6:30 pm Exhibit Hall Grand Opening of the Expo
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Exhibit Hall Opening Night Reception in the Expo


Monday, June 5

7:00 am – 5:00 pm   Registration
7:30 am – 5:00 pm 251 Health Care Hospitality Room
8:00 am – 9:00 am 253AB M10 – NFPA 80, Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives: A Review of Inspection Roles and Responsibilities and How Develop a Maintenance Program for Your Facility
8:00 am – 9:00 am 253C M11 – Using Evidence – Based Design to Optimize Healthcare Outcomes
8:00 am – 9:00 am 210A M07 – NFPA 101, Life Safety Code: Proposed Changes
9:30 am – 10:30 am 253AB M29 – Advances in Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance Requirements for Fire Protection Systems – An Interactive Overview and a Health Care Facility Case Study
11:00 am – 12:30 pm 253AB M50 – The Joint Commission Update
10:30 am – 3:30 pm Exhibit Hall Expo
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm 253AB M68 – Health Care Facility Rehabilitation – Applying NFPA 101® Chapter 43 Effectively
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm 253C M69 – Hospital ‘Landmines’ for First Responders – Preparing for Unanticipated Hazards
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm 253AB M85 – NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code, Risk Assessments
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm 253C M86 – NFPA 101A-2013 and Fire Safety Evaluation Systems in Health Care Facilities
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm 258C M89 – Creating an Emergency Response Team – A Case Study


Tuesday, June 6

7:30 am – 5:00 pm 251 Health Care Hospitality Room
8:00 am – 9:00 am 253AB T10 – CMS Adoption of NFPA 101-2012: A Year in Review
9:30 am – 10:30 am 253C T33 – Defending In Place - Coordinating Best Practice Response and Interaction Between the Fire Service and Health Care Facilities
10:30 am – 2:30 pm Exhibit Hall Expo
11:00 am – 1:00 pm   Health Care Section Business Meeting
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm   ASHE Hospitality Event:
Morton’s The Steakhouse
2 Seaport Lane
Boston, MA 02210
Heavy Hors D’oeuvres along with Beer, Wine, & Soda will be served


Wednesday, June 7

8:00 am – Completion   NFPA Technical Meeting

Let ASHE Know if You Are Planning to Attend

If you are attending, use the following RSVP form to stay in the loop about health care issues and events taking place at the conference and meetings.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it important to attend this meeting?
Changes to two major codes affecting health care—NFPA 101 and NFPA 99—will be discussed and voted on at the meeting. Health care representatives should be there to vote on changes that could affect health care facilities for decades into the future. For more information on why this is so important, read this full article.

What kind of changes will be voted on this year?
A full list of proposed changes is available on the NFPA website. One key issue that will be up for a vote is allowing smoke compartments to be a maximum of 40,000 square feet instead of the current 22,500 square feet. ASHE supports this move because it will provide more flexibility, promote healthier environments, and improve the patient experience of care. ASHE has created a document listing positions and voting considerations for all the proposals.

ASHE’s positions and voting considerations >>

Why do we need to increase the maximum smoke compartment size?

This change has the potential to save lives! Each year, about 75,000 patients with health care associated infections die, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Increasing smoke compartment size allows greater design flexibility for creating more single-patient rooms. Single patient rooms can lead to fewer infections—and they also promote privacy and increase patient satisfaction. A focus on single patient rooms—along with additional space needed for modern equipment, visiting families, and staff to monitor patients—means that more space is now needed per bed than during the 1970s when the 22,500 square foot maximum was first introduced.  For more information on how expanding the maximum smoke compartment size has the potential to save lives, read this full article.

The need for 40,000 square foot smoke compartments >>

How can I help?

If you are an NFPA member:

  1. Register now for the 2017 NFPA Conference and Technical Meeting, and plan on attending the technical meetings where votes are held.
  2. Let ASHE know you are coming by completing our RSVP form. We’ll connect you with information about these issues and send you an invitation to health-care related events.

    Let ASHE Know if You Are Planning to Attend >>

If you are not an NFPA member:

  1. Talk to others in your facility or in your area and encourage all NFPA members to attend the meeting.
  2. Talk to your authorities having jurisdiction about these issues and encourage them to vote at the NFPA technical meetings if they are attending.


Get involved in your future today

NFPA Quick Compare™ discount for ASHE members
ASHE members receive a 10 percent discount on the NFPA Quick Compare™, Life Safety Code 2000 & 2012 for Health Care. The discount applies to both the Quick Compare book and the handy online Quick Compare tool. Learn more about the discounted rates.

Saving Resources Through Proactive Leadership and Advocacy
Watch the following webinar recording to learn how to lead proactively, create patient-centered approaches, advocate for yourself, and avoid reflexive, defensive actions.

Webinar recorded December 2, 2016
Speaker: Dave Dagenais

Additional Resources

  • Your Vote Counts! Make sure your NFPA membership is up to date (visit nfpa.org/join) so that you can attend the meeting and cast your critical vote on issues at the 2017 NFPA Technical Meeting in Boston. Watch future ASHE emails for calls to action on issues as they come up. We will set the stage for better codes and standards, but we need your voice and your vote to make it happen.
  • Check out this excerpt from the 2015 ASHE Advocacy Report.