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2020 NFPA Virtual Meeting Results

 

Updated July 10, 2020

With the 2020 NFPA Technical Session having wrapped up on June 26th, ASHE wants to thank all those that participated in the virtual tech session. The three CAMs that directly impacted the health care fielded resulted in the following:

CAMs 4-1 & 4-5 – Modification to Add Coordination of “Passive Fire Protection” within Integrated Testing passed 126 votes to 38 votes. ASHE believes that this is a win because the need to coordinate the active fire protection devices with the passive fire protection elements within the integrated fire alarm testing improves the overall effectiveness of the system. 

CAM 99-5 – Adding Fixtures, Furnishings and Decorations to Section 16.3 Special Hazard Protection for Flammable Liquids and Gases failed with a vote of 46 for and 97 against. The proposed text would have included this requirement in the above stated section, which would have been redundant and unnecessary. These requirements are included in other standards such as NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code® and did not need to be included in this section. 

To view the results of all of the CAMs that were voted on during the 2020 NFPA Technical Session click here.


Voting during the 2020 NFPA Annual Technical Meeting (Tech Session) will be open from June 22-26. “Fortunately, there are not many issues up for a vote that would negatively affect health care facilities,” says ASHE Executive Director Deanna Martin. “This is great news for our field, but it doesn’t mean that we should skip voting this year. It is still critical to cast your ballot to demonstrate that the health care community is actively engaged in the code development process.” The ASHE Advocacy Team has identified three motions that the health care field should vote on. 

ASHE’s Advocacy Team will be supporting CAMs 4-1 & 4-5 – Modification to Add Coordination of “Passive Fire Protection” within Integrated Testing.  ASHE believes that the need to document that the active fire protection devices coordinate with the passive fire protection elements needs to be coordinated within the integrated fire alarm testing. The proposed text would eliminate this from the document.

ASHE’s Advocacy Team will be opposing CAM 99-5 – Adding Fixtures, Furnishings and Decorations to Section 16.3 Special Hazard Protection for Flammable Liquids and Gases. These requirements are included in other standards such as NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code® and do not need to be included in this section. The proposed CAM would include this requirement in the above stated section, which would be redundant and unnecessary.

If you registered to vote by the June 17 deadline, you should have received an email confirmation from customerservice@tpni.com. It is important that you log in and follow the email instructions prior to voting beginning on Monday, June 22. The email from TPNI will contain:

  • Instructions for downloading the app and a sample vote that must be completed prior to the Tech Session voting. 
  • Links to download the application from either the Google Play Store or the Apple Store. 
  • A unique Token used to identify yourself and log into the app. 

If you registered but have yet to receive your email from TPNI, please check your spam or junk folders to ensure that you have completed the process prior to voting beginning on Monday, June 22.